A reinterpretation of the life and ruthless career of Leon Trotsky, once known as a tragic figure in Soviet history, is based on Soviet and Western archives, interviews with surviving members of the Trotsky family, and members of NKVD hit squad ordered by Stalin to locate and kill Trotsky. 15,000 first printing.
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By Dmitri VolkogonovLanguage Notes:
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Russian
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Book Description The Free Press, New York, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. New stated 1st edition hardcover (1996), new unclipped mylar-protected jacket, new black paper-over-boards cover w sharp new edges & corners & titles boldly gold-stamped on spine, spotless smooth-cut text-block exterior, immaculate snow-white end-papers on heavy stock, new sewn binding w/ tight signatures & white cloth bands at spine-caps, pristine interior handsomely printed on excellent unblemished paper * 4 inserts of choice b-w photographs & other select b-w reproductions following pp. 92, 188, 316 & 412, each respectively w/ 16, 14, 15 & 15 illustrations * List of Illustrations (vii), Map: The USSR in 1920 (x), Chronological Table (xiii), Editor's Preface (xxiii), Introduction (xxix), Epilogue (483), Notes (489), Index (510) * * 6.50" x 9.50 x 1.46", 1.00 kg, xxxvi+524 (560) pp. * Leon Trotsky was once portrayed as a tragic figure, as the first in a parade of promising successors to Lenin who were subverted by the "misfortune" of Stalinism & forced into a kind of martyred exile. More recently, Isaac Deutscher's 3-volume pro-Marxist biography admitted some of Trotsky's failings, while still defending the correctness of the revolution & Trotsky's part in it. At last, based on full access to Soviet & Western archives, as well as interviews w/ surviving members of the Trotsky family & others, Dmitri Volkogonov offers a breakthrough reinterpretation. No source is ignored: Volkogonov even interviewed a member of Stalin's NKVD hit squad that assassinated Trotsky. Through his access to internal memos sent between Trotsky, Lenin & Stalin, we learn of the blistering intensity of the animus between Stalin & Trotsky that began under Lenin w/ petty disputes over military strategy, continued under Stalin w/ a series of public trials of so-called Trotskyites, & culminated in the extensive planning for & eventual assassination of Trotsky. The result is a stunning work that compares the flesh-and-blood Trotsky w/ the Orator-in-Chief of revolutionary ideology & discovers contradictions both profound & deadly. Volkogonov unsparingly illustrates Trotsky's ruthlessness & rigidity & he takes issue with Trotsky's military leadership. He shows that Trotsky's unwavering, monomaniacal commitment to world communist revolution made him, at times, both corrupt & foolishly myopic. We learn that Trotsky was both the man who gave away his own gold watch to a brave Red Army soldier & the man who advocated the use of blocking units, in which a rear line of soldiers were ordered to shoot their front-line comrades if they failed to charge. Ultimately, as Volkogonov shows, the tragedy of Trotsky is that his internal inconsistencies were a natural part of the entire revolutionary movement, for "Trotsky had declared intellectual war on virtually everyone." Volkogonov's account of the "eternal revolutionary" will stand as definitive for many years to come. Bookseller Inventory # 006682
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