Robert Service --> Bertrand M. Patenaude --> reviewed by Ronald Radosh -->

For many years, the accepted version of Leon Trotsky’s importance to history came from the three-volume biography Trotsky, penned by his Polish-born former follower Isaac Deutscher. Written with the same literary flair and dramatic story-telling that led many to embrace Trotsky’s own account of the Russian Revolution, the biography enshrines Trotsky as a prophet whose leadership first led the Bolsheviks to capturing the seat of power from the weak Provisional Government of Russia in March of 1917, only to find himself condemned to exile and, finally, assassination, as Stalin acted to prevent Trotsky’s voice from being...

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