In this chapter Cowling provides a very brief outline of the life of Norman Geras, starting from his boyhood in Rhodesia, with the awareness that came from being Jewish in a racist society, on to his life as a Marxist lecturer and eventually Professor at the University of Manchester. There are brief mentions of his enthusiasm for cricket and his energetic publication of normblog after he retired. The second part the chapter introduces the remaining chapters of the book and explains that each chapter is a mixture of exposition of Geras’s ideas and enthusiastic support, qualified support, or, in the case of his Trotskyism and his support for the invasion of Iraq, trenchant criticism.
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