Ohhh boy this one is niche. The story of the rise of Posadism, perhaps the strangest of Trotskyite political sects, and trust me when I say Trotskyite sects can get pretty weird.
Here is Posadism – a Trotskyite sect arising first out of the leftist resistance to South American dictatorships becoming slowly and then all at once a personality cult centered around its leader, J. Posadas and his increasing fringe ideas about how to build a fourth international, but also the connection between UFOs and a socialist future and, eventually, the intelligence of dolphins.
It’s a wild ride, but one Gittlitz travels in a clear, compassionate way. This isn’t a sensational book, it’s one that traces in detail how a group goes from a committed group of leftists to a deranged personality cult. I found it fascinating, but I am also well aware that this is some pretty niche stuff. Totally fascinating if post war communist sects is your thing.
I hope someone does this for the Sparticist League and the RCP.
Recommended for the enthusiast.