Some months after a lot of my friends, I've got round to reading Nick Cohen's book "What's Left?"
I was put off by vague memories of Cohen as a rather sneery anti-Blairite in about 1998.
I wish I had read it earlier.
It's highly readable, and powerfully written stuff.
His message of contempt for those on the left who apologise for anti-democratic regimes is preaching to the converted with me, but I reckon this is one of those rare books that would actually cause people to reconsider their views.
I've got to page 248 without finding anything not to agree with. Page 248 includes the gem "the totalitarian left isn't a part of the family of the democratic left, but the enemy of the democratic left because it doesn't believe in democracy."
Buy it and read it now.