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Trotsky for Beginners

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  149 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Paperback, 176 pages
Published June 1st 1980 by Writers and Readers Ltd (first published January 1st 1980)
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Jul 05, 2013 Lorelei rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lorelei by: John
Shelves: nonfiction
I like the style of most of the '_________ For Beginners' books, but this one just doesn't seem to gel. It throws various names and facts out without putting them together into a picture of the man Trotsky. I found it somewhat disappointing therefore. I might still recommend it to someone who knew absolutely nothing about Trotsky or the Russian Revolution as a starting point, but only because I have not (yet) found a better very simple introduction to the man.
Kevin Cole
Lenin is more interesting than Marx and Trotsky is more interesting than Lenin because Trotsky lost and became the underdog: a magnet for the idea that had he won, true socialism would have won too and, in Russia at least, heaven on earth, without the famine, gulags and mass murder Lennon and McCartney--er, Lenin and Stalin--brought on.
Tariq Ali focuses almost exclusively on Trotsky's political life, leaving his personal life and even his military career during the civil war as no more than an afterthought. The aim of this political biography is to show that, for the most part, Trotsky and Lenin had similar theories of revolution, differing occasionally but generally converging in the end. Trotsky was politically aggressive, by which I mean he believed that the revolutionary struggle must be pushed aggressively forward, and th ...more
Jun 03, 2012 Brent marked it as to-read
Shelves: biography, history
I love Beginners books.
"For forty-three years of my conscious life I have remained a revolutionist; for forty-two of them I have fought under the banner of Marxism. If I had to begin all over again I would of course try to avoid this or that mistake, but the main course of my life would remain unchanged. I shall die a proletarian revolutionist, a Marxist, a dialectical materialist, and, consequently, an irreconcilable atheist. My faith in the communist future of mankind is not less ardent, indeed it is firmer today, t ...more
Dani Schechtel
"Fui un revolucionario durante mis cuarenta y tres años de vida consciente y durante cuarenta y dos luché bajo las banderas del marxismo. Si tuviera que comenzar todo de nuevo trataría, por supuesto, de evitar tal o cual error, pero en lo fundamental el curso de mi vida sería el mismo. Moriré siendo un revolucionario proletario, un marxista, un materialista dialéctico y, en consecuencia, un ateo irreconciliable. Mi fe en el futuro comunista de la humanidad no es hoy menos ardiente, aunque sí más ...more
Adam Fullerton
Tariq Ali does a great job of making the biography of Trotsky fun and engaging. The comedy relief of the cartoons is a great way to get younger minds learning about a man who is too often misrepresented. In fact, the book demonstrates brilliantly the difference between real communism and Stalinism.

The one knock I have against the book is that it does not properly attribute the immoral deeds of Trotsky. There is mention of the naval fortress but during the war, Trotsky committed other horrible c
Hamad  Altasan
بسيط ورائع, بس حسافة كانوا يقدرون يتعبون على الترجمة أكثر.
Really like this series, but the fact that it isn't written by Rius really says it all. It is lower in quality than most of these books tend to be.

But that said, it is still a great entry in the series. It didn't really say much that a biography of Trotsky couldn't cover better, but if you need to know about about Trotsky and you only have an hour to spare pick this up.
Philadelphia Tee-roy
Dec 17, 2007 Philadelphia Tee-roy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: to anyone who has no idea or only a basic knowledge of the russian revolution
Perhaps one of the best minds to come from that Era Trotsky for beginneers is a classic comic documentary in True form he makes a difficult topic palpable for the average person
Bryan Fordham
Interesting format, good information. Bit jumpy in areas, and illustrations waivered between clever/amusing and distracting. Overall a quick and enjoyable read.
Aug 09, 2013 David rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in learning about Trotsky, the revolution, or Stalin's rise
Recommended to David by: Nick and others
A very quick read and an excellent introduction to the Russian Revolution, the Bolsheviks, and the rise of Stalin. Oh, and Trotsky, too.
Susan Austin
Excellent! A very interesting history and the pictures and style helped to explain some pretty complicated historical events.
Goed leesbare en onderhoudende korte biografie van Trotsky.
Very interesting and pretty easy to follow.
Dec 18, 2012 Kate rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mensheviks, assorted dissidents
Recommended to Kate by: RFID at MC
Shelves: history
"March separately, but strike together!"
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Tariq Ali (Punjabi, Urdu: طارق علی) (born 21 October 1943) is a British-Pakistani historian, novelist, filmmaker, political campaigner, and commentator. He is a member of the editorial committee of the New Left Review and Sin Permiso, and regularly contributes to The Guardian, CounterPunch, and the London Review of Books.

He is the author of several books, including Can Pakistan Survive? The Death
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