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Trotsky : the eternal revolutionary

Author: Dmitriĭ Antonovich Volkogonov; Harold Shukman
Publisher: New York : The Free Press, ©1996.
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At last, based on full access to Soviet and Western archives, as well as interviews with surviving members of the Trotsky family and 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, and Stalin, we learn of the blistering  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Volkogonov, Dmitriĭ Antonovich.
Trotsky.
New York : The Free Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)605032570
Online version:
Volkogonov, Dmitriĭ Antonovich.
Trotsky.
New York : The Free Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)608443028
Named Person: Leon Trotsky; Leon Trotsky
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dmitriĭ Antonovich Volkogonov; Harold Shukman
ISBN: 0684822938 9780684822938 1416576649 9781416576648
OCLC Number: 33334585
Description: xxxvi, 524 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: At the turn of the century --
The madness of revolution --
The ninth wave of the vendée --
The hypnosis of revolution --
The outcast revolutionary --
The wanderer without a Visa --
Outcast of the era.
Other Titles: Trot︠s︡kiĭ.
Responsibility: Dmitri Volkogonov ; translated and edited by Harold Shukman.

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At last, based on full access to Soviet and Western archives, as well as interviews with surviving members of the Trotsky family and 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, and Stalin, we learn of the blistering intensity of the animus between Stalin and Trotsky that began under Lenin with petty disputes over military strategy, continued under Stalin with a series of public trials of so-called Trotskyites, and culminated in the extensive planning for and eventual assassination of Trotsky. The result is a stunning work, one that compares the flesh-and-blood Trotsky with the Orator-in-Chief of revolutionary ideology, and discovers contradictions both profound and deadly. Volkogonov unsparingly illustrates Trotsky's rigidity and ruthlessness, and he takes issue with Trotsky's military leadership. He shows us that Trotsky's unwavering, monomaniacal commitment to world communist revolution made him, at times, both corrupt and foolishly myopic. We learn that Trotsky was both the man who gave away his own gold watch to a brave Red Army soldier and the man who advocated the use of blocking units, in which a rear line of soldiers were ordered to shoot their frontline 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.

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