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Preview — Trotsky by Bertrand M. Patenaude
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 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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(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.
As far as I can tell, this ...more
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
Ultimately, Trotsky's life reminds me of a Shakespearean tragedy: he was a man of singular genius, but also with deep personal flaws that hindered him from holding his own against Stalin. In the end, not only did he die in exile in Mexico, but he also had to live with the loss of most of his family an ...more
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.