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History of the Russian Revolutionby Leon Trotsky and Ahmed Shawki
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Published for the ninetieth anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, this edition of Leon Trotsky's masterpiece, with a new foreword by Ahmed Shawki, tells the epic story of the remarkable events that transformed the history of Russia — and the world-forever.
Book News Annotation:
Leon Trotsky is considered by many, alongside Lenin of course, as the author of the Russian Revolution, and is also considered by his admirers to be one of the most astute Marxist analysts of history and politics. It is perhaps no surprise therefore that his history of the Russian Revolution, first published in English in 1932, should be considered by those admirers to be his masterpiece, with Afro-Trindidadian writer C.L.R. James, once calling it "the greatest history of an event that I know." Trotsky's narrative of the revolution is told in the third person and is not a memoir. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The definitive account of the Russian Revolution, by Leon Trotsky, its leader and key historian.
During the first two months of 1917 Russia was still a Romanov monarchy. Eight months later the Bolsheviks stood at the helm. They were little known to anybody when the year began, and their leaders were still under indictment for state treason when they came to power. You will not find another such sharp turn in history especially if you remember that it involves a nation of 150 million people. It is clear that the events of 1917, whatever you think of them, deserve study.”
--Leon Trotsky, from History of the Russian Revolution
Regarded by many as among the most powerful works of history ever written, this book offers an unparalleled account of one of the most pivotal and hotly debated events in world history. This book reveals, from the perspective of one of its central actors, the Russian Revolutions profoundly democratic, emancipatory character.
Originally published in three parts, Trotskys masterpiece is collected here in a single volume. It serves as the most vital and inspiring record of the Russian Revolution to date.
[T]he greatest history of an event that I know.”
--C. L. R. James
In Trotsky all passions were aroused, but his thought remained calm and his vision clear.... His involvement in the struggle, far from blurring his sight, sharpens it.... The History is his crowning work, both in scale and power and as the fullest expression of his ideas on revolution. As an account of a revolution, given by one of its chief actors, it stands unique in world literature.”
About the Author
Leon Trotskywas a leader of the 1917 Russian Revolution and is author of My Life and The Revolution Betrayed.
Ahmed Shawki is editor of International Socialist Review and author of Black Liberation and Socialism.
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