The leather case stuffed with papers lay undisturbed for years after their author’s death. Mike Marqusee had found them in his mother’s home. They were the literary legacy of her father, a Jewish New Yorker called Ed Morand.
Mike, who lives in Stoke Newington, had always considered the reams of journalism, scribbled thoughts, half-finished novels and pamphlets to be a jumble of disconnected scrap papers, worth little and only saved from the recycling by the sentimental value attached via the fact they were in his mother’s possession.
But when he did finally begin to trawl through the box, years after inheriting it, Mike found secrets that have helped him unlock and confirm his own political philosophy. They became the basis for a book – If I Am Not For Myself: Journey of an anti-Zionist Jew – that outlines his politics and ties neatly in with a family memoir, a consideration of where he has come from and therefore why he holds the views he does.
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Mike Marqusee is a writer. His other books include Wicked Messenger: Bob Dylan and the 1960s, Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties, War Minus the Shooting and Anyone But England. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian and writes a fortnightly column for the Indian newspaper The Hindu. He lives in London.