Revolutionary practitioner, theorist, factional chief, sparkling writer, 'ladies' man' (e.g., his affair with Frieda Kahlo), icon of the Revolution, anti-Jewish Jew, philosopher of everyday life, grand seigneur of his household, father and hunted victim, Trotsky lived a brilliant life in extraordinary times.
Robert Service draws on hitherto unexamined archives and on his profound understanding of Russian history to draw a portrait of the man and his legacy, revealing that though his followers have represented Trotsky as a pure revolutionary soul and a powerful intellect unjustly hounded into exile by Stalin and his henchmen.
The reality is very different, as this masterful and compelling biography reveals.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 624 pages, Illustrations (some col.)
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 16/04/2010
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780330439695