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Introduction, Forward, Photos, Index. Now with enlarged type.
“Here is one of the most complete explanations of Marxism…. One can appreciate the movement of gigantic intellectual forces with practical and real-life implications…. Pathfinder Press is to be congratulated for reprinting and releasing The Case of Leon Trotsky. This volume … provides a meaningful snapshot into a capsule of time. However, this is not to be viewed as a lost moment in time. Rather, these ideas and ideals from so long ago still ring fresh today.”—Jon Bradley, editor, Insights
Posted September 18, 2006
The Case of Leon Trotsky is Leon Trotsky's historic seven days of testimony to the commission led by American philosopher and educator John Dewey in 1937, answering the charges of the Stalin's Moscow frameup trials against Trotsky and the entire surviving leadership of the Russian Revolution. This was the vanguard of a repression that would kill millions in the Soviet Union in a vain attempt to stop political life, rebellion and protest. This book is essential to anyone interested in understanding what revolutionary, principled politics. It explains the Spanish Civil War,the rise of Hitler, and the approaching Second World War. Trotsky pledged to place himself into the hands of the Soviet Government if this tribunal or any court of extradition in Mexico, convicted him of any of the monsterous charges Stalin laid against him. Though his native language was Russian, and he was more familiar with German and French, Trotsky submitted to the cross examination in English, the language of most of the committee members. This was not Trotsky's self defense, but an explanation of the most fundamental questions: How did the Bolsheviks conquer power? Why did Stalin prevail? Why do Marxists reject individual terrorism on? What was the relationship between Lenin and Trotsky and Stalin and Lenin? How did Stalin pave the way for Hitler's victory? Why did Franco vanguish the Spanish Republic? Despite the difficulty of his testimony, the gravity of the questions before him, and his struggle with the English language, Trotsky's wit and imagination break through time and time again. What stands out in Trotsky's was his faith in the revolutionary capacity of workers, the oppressed nations and nationalities, and exploited farmers and youth to struggle to defeat capitalism. Trotsky's struggle he was to preserve the principles and experiences of the Bolsheviks for the new generations of revolutionists coming today. The lessons and experiences Trotsky passed on are not a fuzzy rosey radicalism. Trotsky is is always precise, scientific, workman like.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 24, 2006
One of history¿s greatest frauds was Stalin¿s claim that his murderous bureaucracy spoke for Marxism, communism, and the working class. THE CASE OF LEON TROTSKY is must reading today because it is not only most powerful rebuttal of Stalin¿s lies¿but it stands as a great example of what real Marxism was and is. In this book, Trotsky presents his record of activity and the great ideas that he acted on. Trotsky's life and work are part of the link connecting the revolutionary communism of Lenin to the generations of the present and future. Today, no one takes seriously the pretences of Stalin and his heirs in Moscow and Peking. Now, authentic Marxism can step forward without having to explain how different it is from the Stalinist counterfeits. And this book is a wonderful place to begin the study, for a new generation of students. The ideas are presented with eloquence and with the drama of a court room setting, because Trotsky was answering questions and presenting testimony before the distinguished Dewey Commission.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.