Trotsky: Downfall of a Revolutionary
In Trotsky: Downfall of a Revolutionary, Stanford University lecturer Bertrand M. Patenaude tells the dramatic story of Leon Trotsky's final years in exile in Mexico. Shedding new light on Trotsky s tumultuous friendship with painter Diego Rivera, his affair with Rivera s wife Frida Kahlo, and his torment as his family and comrades become victims of the Great Terror, Trots...more
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I thought this book about Trotsky's three years in Mexico, leading up to his assassination, was fascinating. As my knowledge about Trotsky was very sketchy (and my knowledge of the Russian revolution in general only marginally better) I really appreciated that the book uses those three years as a springboard to explore his life and legacy in general, covering h ...more
I underlined this passage, about a postscript to a will he wrote not long before he was assassinated:
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Trotsky was a brilliant man, a man of ideas and of action. It ...more
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The remarkable facts of Trotsky's exile are worth learning: Sponsored in Mexico by Diego Rivera; had an affair with Rivera's wife Frida Kahlo; a phalanx of American Trotskyite bodyguards; his children murdered by the GPU (KGB); his ties to the American Teamsters ...more
(And it explained why some people acted peculiarly towards me after the idea I was a Trotskyite fluttered around campus a while!)
Maybe my apathy towards this alludes to my distaste for history, even though I know it makes society much more understandable.
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I have no qualms about recommending this to anyone interested in the Old Man.
Garbles a few facets of Trotsky's thought and misrepresents Lenin, but Patenaude's intentions are honest.
There hasn't been a better account of the Old Man's final years, "The Prophet Outcast" included.