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Trotsky by Bertrand M. Patenaude
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Feb 16, 2010

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Leon Trotsky, aka Lev Davidovich Bronstein, peaked in October, 1917. It was all downhill from there. Stalin hated him but cloddishly let him escape his clutches. He pursued him from 1929 until he caught up with him in 1940 in Mexico City.
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 in Minneapolis; his refusal to criticize the Soviet Union even when it made a pact with Hitler.
Patenaude does a good job of helping us get inside OM's (the Old Man) head, albeit not as definitively as that ice pick.
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