Bob Crow: Socialist, leader, fighter

A political biography

By Gregor Gall

Bob Crow: Socialist, leader, fighter


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0029-0
  • Pages: 264
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.00
  • Published Date: February 2017
  • BIC Category: British Politics, Trade unions, Political leaders & leadership, Biography: historical, political & military, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Labor & Industrial Relations, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Political, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Leadership, Biography & True Stories / Biography: historical, political & military, Economics, finance, business & management / Trade unions, Political Leaders & Leadership


Bob Crow was the most high-profile and militant union leader of his generation. This biography focuses on his leadership of the RMT union, examining and exposing a number of popular myths created about him by political opponents. Using the schema of his personal characteristics (including his public persona), his politics and the power of his members, it explains how and why he was able to punch above his weight in industrial relations and on the political stage, helping the small RMT union become as influential as many of its much larger counterparts.

As RMT leader, Crow oversaw a rise in membership and promoted a more assertive and successful bargaining approach. While he failed to unite all socialists into one new party, he established himself as the leading popular critic of neo-liberalism, 'New' Labour and the age of austerity.


'In this well -written new biography Gregor Gall explains how and why Bob Crow achieved this fame. Central to Bob's rise to power was the position of the RMT workers on the London Underground.'
Bernadette Hyland, Lipstick socialist


Gregor Gall is Professor of Industrial Relations at the University of Bradford


1 Formative years
2 The 1990s
3 Becoming RMT general secretary
4 Second term as general secretary
5 Last term of office
6 Person and personal life
7 Politics and practice
8 Perception and practice
9 Legacy and legend
Appendix 1: Testimonies
Appendix 2: Tributes to Crow

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