Harold Laski was perhaps the best known socialist intellectual of his era, with influence in the USA, India and mainland Europe as well as Britain. But he was always a controversial figure and his reputation has never recovered from the effort to discredit him that took place during the Cold War. This biography argues that Laski has been misrepresented, maintains that he dedicated his life to the quest for a just society, and that his thought remains highly relevant for our own times. The book stresses the relationship between his thoughts and actions and makes extensive use of correspondence. Attention is also paid to his Jewish identity and its effects upon him. By the author of "John Strachey", "Socialism and European Unity - The Dilemma of the Left in Britain and France" and co-editor of "Mitterand's France".