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Life and Death of Leon Trotsky
Translation of the combined memoir and tribute by Trotsky's widow and his close friend, first published in France in 1951.
Leon Trotsky was one of the leaders of the Russian Revolution who was exiled and murdered following Stalin’s rise to power. Written by two of his closest collaborators, this book provides an invaluable picture of a great revolutionary and the world-historic events in which he was a leading actor.
  • "The Life and Death of Leon Trotsky is a biography of Marxist revolutionary, Soviet politician, and founding leader of the Red Army Leon Trotsky (1879-1940). Although Trotsky was a major participant in Russia's 1917 Revolution, he was scapegoated during Stalin's murderous rise to power, which replaced the ideals of Communism with an iron-fist dictatorship. In 1940 Trotsky was assassinated, allegedly on Stalin's orders. Unlike other biographies, The Life and Death of Leon Trotsky is unique in that it is by two people close Trotsky: his widow Natalia Sedova Trotsky (who was also a Bolshevik) and Victor Serge, a revolutionary and novelist. An index rounds out this "must-read" for anyone studying Trotsky's life and philosophy, or major figures in modern Russian history. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library collections."
    —Midwest Book Review

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Other books by Natalia I Sedova, Natalia Ivanovna Sedova, et al.

  • Year One of the Russian Revolution

    Serge exposes the heart of the vital first year of the most important working class revolution in history.
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    In 1923 history stood at a cross roads. Serge unapologetically lent his pen to those fighting for international workers' revolution.
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    Assailed by counter-revolution from within and without, Victor Serge brings to life the unwavering revolutionary commitment of red Petrograd.