By Dave Renton
Referred to as 'The Cricketing Marxist', Cyril Lionel Robert James (1901–89) used to be one of many major black intellectuals of the 20 th century, a Marxist theorist of the 1st rank, and likewise one of many best writers on cricket, along with his mythical booklet Beyond a Boundary.
This seeming paradox is mirrored in different components of his lifestyles and paintings: the made from a British-style schooling and fanatical cricketer who by no means deserted the values the game inculcated in him, he used to be a Trotskyite expelled from the united states throughout the McCarthy period who used to be a pal and notion to a iteration of leaders of newly-independent African international locations reminiscent of Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana and Julius Nyrere of Tanzania.
Described in his lifetime as 'the black Hegel' and 'the black Plato', his ebook at the 18th-century slave insurrection in Haiti, The Black Jacobins, is without doubt one of the nice historic works of the 20 th century, but he was once by no means happy with the assumption of 'Black Studies'. during this interesting new learn of this seminal philosopher, Dave Renton hopes to 'persuade Marxist of the thrill of cricket, and fans of cricket of the calibre of James and of James' Marxism'.