The Prophet Unarmed: Life of Trotsky, 1921 to 1929

The Prophet Unarmed: Life of Trotsky, 1921 to 1929

by Isaac Deutscher


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The Prophet Unarmed: Life of Trotsky, 1921 to 1929 by Isaac Deutscher

Few political figures of the twentieth century have aroused as much controversy as the Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky. Trotsky’s extraordinary life and extensive writings have left an indelible mark on revolutionary conscience, yet there was a danger that his name would disappear from history. Originally published in 1954, Deutscher’s magisterial three-volume biography was the first major publication to counter the powerful Stalinist propaganda machine. In this definitive biography Trotsky emerges in his real stature, as the most heroic, and ultimately tragic, character of the Russian Revolution.

This second volume of the trilogy, first published in 1959, is a self-contained account of the great struggle between Stalin and Trotsky that followed the end of the civil war in Russia in 1921 and the death of Lenin. From the narrative of Trostsky’s uncompromising opposition to Stalin’s policies emerge character studies of the important Soviet leaders; a brilliant portrait of Trotsky the man of ideas, the Marxist philosopher and literary critic; and a new assessment of the causes of defeat which led to his expulsion from the party, his exile, and his banishment from Russia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781859844465
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 01/22/2004
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 1,298,114
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 7.94(h) x 1.32(d)

About the Author

Isaac Deutscher was born in 1907 near Krakow and joined the Polish Communist Party, from which he was expelled in 1932. He then moved to London where he died in 1967. His other books include Stalin and The Unfinished Revolution.

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