My Life: An Attempt at an Autobiography

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The only Bolshevik leader to write his memoirs, Leon Trotsky published this remarkable book in 1930, the first year of a perilous, decade-long exile that ended with his assassination in Mexico. Expelled from the Communist party and deported from the Soviet Union, the former People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs recalled his lifelong struggle in the world of revolutionary politics. In addition to his firsthand accounts of the early intrigues within the Communist government, Trotsky also delivered ...
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Overview


The only Bolshevik leader to write his memoirs, Leon Trotsky published this remarkable book in 1930, the first year of a perilous, decade-long exile that ended with his assassination in Mexico. Expelled from the Communist party and deported from the Soviet Union, the former People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs recalled his lifelong struggle in the world of revolutionary politics. In addition to his firsthand accounts of the early intrigues within the Communist government, Trotsky also delivered chilling glimpses into the rise of the new Soviet bureaucracy and prescient warnings of the Stalinist regime's horrors.
My Life recounts the rise of the revolutionary wave in Russia in 1905 and 1917, the devastating effects of World War I, and the degeneration of the Russian Revolution from Lenin's internationalist course to Stalin's increasingly counterrevolutionary policies. Trotsky's exile placed him beyond the pale of both the official Communist party and the rest of the political world; yet in this fascinating historical document, he remains true to a philosophy of permanent world revolution, offering a highly informed perspective on the struggle toward a socialist future.
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Leon Trotsky was one of the most famous people of the 20th century, having been one of the leaders of the Russian Revolution. In this lengthy autobiography, Trotsky describes his life as a revolutionary comrade of Lenin, as the military strategist behind the communist victory in the Russian civil war, and his political struggle with Joseph Stalin during the 1920s and 1930's to combat the bureaucratic dictatorship that grew in the USSR and to reverse the communist party's political degeneration. While sometimes laden with political rhetoric, the volume is surprisingly readable and patient readers will be rewarded by examples of Trotsky's extremely dry wit and insights into some of the main political and social battles in which he participated. (Annotation ©2011 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486456096
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 6/5/2007
  • Series: Dover Value Editions Series
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 597,929
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface to this Edition     i
Foreword     xiii
Yanovka     1
Our Neighbors and My First School     27
Odessa: My Family and My School     41
Books and Early Conflicts     59
Country and Town     78
The Break     93
My First Revolutionary Organization     103
My First Prisons     114
My First Exile     124
My First Escape     134
An Emigre for the First Time     142
The Party Congress and the Split     150
The Return to Russia     165
The Year 1905     175
Trial, Exile, Escape     187
My Second Foreign Exile: German Socialism     202
Preparing for a New Revolution     220
The Beginning of the War     233
Paris, and Zimmerwald     243
My Expulsion from France     252
Through Spain     258
New York     270
In a Concentration Camp     279
In Petrograd     286
Concerning Slanderers     298
From July to October     311
The Deciding Night     321
"Trotskyism" in 1917     329
In Power     334
In Moscow     348
Negotiations at Brest-Litovsk     362
Peace     379
A Month at Sviyazhsk     395
The Train     411
The Defense of Petrograd     423
The Military Opposition     436
Disagreements over War Strategy     451
The Transition to the New Economic Policy, and My Relations with Lenin     461
Lenin's Illness     470
The Conspiracy of the Epigones     489
Lenin's Death and the Shift of Power     502
The Last Period of Struggle within the Party     518
The Exile     539
The Deportation     558
The Planet without a Visa     567
Index     585
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2004

    Working class politics drives this 'Life'

    This is many books in one. A fine autobiography from a literary point of view, a historical document with brilliant insights into the time period and major players, and, most important, a rich and sustained polemic in favor of a life of commitment to revolutionary, working class politics. Trotsky dedicated his later life to keeping alive the continuity of Lenin and the Russian Revolution, and what a fascinating, courageous life it was, full of prison, exile, escape, insurrection, and more exile. Trotsky was an inspiring man of action, one of two or three figures who matter most to the working class. The politics of the working class struggle for total human emancipation is the piston that drives both the man and his autobiography.

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