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Walter Citrine: the forgotten statesman of the Trades Union Congress

Published date: 2021


Written by Dr. Jim Moher, with a foreword by former TUC General Secretary John Monks and quotes by Frances O'Grady and Alan Johnson, this book on Walter Citrine is the story of the Liverpool lad who rose from the squalor of the docks to become the confidant of Churchill and Roosevelt, as the leader of Britain's trade unions during the second world war.

Through Citrine's life, readers will revisit the key historical episodes in which his work was so influential, the general strike of 1926, the great depression of 1928 to 34, the rise of Hitler and fascism, the challenge of Stalin and communism, the second world war and the reconstruction afterwards.

At a time when the trade unions are once again been consulted by governments on their plans to revive the economy, never has Citrine's story been so relevant.

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