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Trotsky by Bertrand M. Patenaude
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Aug 12, 11


This was a very interesting and readable account of Trotsky's last years. I don't know much about the man, but nevertheless, the book was quite readable and has compelled me to learn more about him.

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 and friends, who were systematically hunted down and exterminated by Stalin. Truly, Trotsky's biography is sobering and tragic.
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