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Trotsky by Bertrand M. Patenaude
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Jan 30, 2013

it was amazing
Read from January 30 to February 16, 2013

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message 1: by Tim (new) - rated it 5 stars

Tim A truly enthralling book for which no prior knowledge or interest in the man and his political world is required.

Bertrand Patenaude is an unobtrusively stylish and compelling writer. The story encompasses both the grandest canvas of history and the, by the end very moving, personal tragedy of one isolated and embattled man. Stalin's enmity towards his detested adversary was relentless, and the net that creeps ever closer around Trotsky is chilling in its numerous and unexpected guises - Trotsky himself used the apt analogy of the many headed Hydra. Spies, betrayals, defections, armed attacks and mysterious warnings make for the stuff of a true life thriller. Patenaude also convincingly portrays Trotsky's tragedy as intellectual as well as physical, but his treatment of his subject is extremely fair, with perhaps only one sentence allowing the author's views to show their hand too obviously.

Highly recommended.

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