Leon Trotsky, leader of the 1917 Russian Revolution and of the struggle against Stalin, was the last great representative of classical Marxism. No political event in the 20th Century can be understood without reference to his extensive writings.
David North defends Trotsky’s legacy against the campaign of historical falsification begun by Stalin and continuing to this day. While Stalin assassinated Trotsky in 1940, he was unable to silence the Fourth International, founded to embody the revolutionary heritage of 1917.
This work contains a devastating refutation of biographies of Trotsky published in recent years by three British historians: Ian Thatcher, Geoffrey Swain and Robert Service. The significantly expanded edition contains a new foreword, four new chapters and two appendices.
|About the Author||David North is the chairman of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site. He is the author of numerous books, articles, and lectures on questions relating to contemporary US and international politics, European and Soviet history, and the history of the Trotskyist movement, including The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century; In Defense of Leon Trotsky; The Crisis of American Democracy; Marxism, History and Socialist Consciousness; and The Heritage We Defend.|