Portraits, Political and Personal

Portraits, Political and Personal

by Leon Trotsky
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Portraits, Political and Personal by Leon Trotsky

Literary and biographical sketches of Rosa Luxemburg, H.G. Wells, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, and others.

"Highly recommended for all libraries."-Choice

Index, Glossary, Photos

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ISBN-13: 9780873485043
Publisher: Pathfinder Press GA
Publication date: 07/01/1977
Pages: 237
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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These portraits pulse with politics and brim over with the urge to action. Trotsky¿s speech on Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht is a magnificent oration delivered to Russian workers just three days after these two were slain by a German death squad. It is a call to the workers to redouble their revolutionary work as the only proper way to honor these great martyrs. It reminds me of another great oration¿Fidel Castro¿s powerful tribute to Che Guevara, who had been hunted down and executed at the behest of the CIA. The portrait of Nicholas and Alexandra Romanov totally exposes these incompetent but murderous rulers. It is a wonderful antidote to the tendency of capitalist propagandists to glamorize royalty. (Princess Di, the Dalai Lama¿give me a break!) There are more than twenty portraits in this volume¿all powerful and instructive. But to me the most moving is Trotsky¿s obituary to his son, Leon Sedov, a young man murdered under Stalin¿s orders. In describing his son, Trotsky outlines the best qualities that young revolutionaries should strive for and makes a presentation of his memory ¿to all those who work, suffer, and struggle for a better world.¿