By Isaac Deutscher
Few political figures of the 20 th century have aroused as a lot controversy because the Russian progressive Leon Trotsky. Trotsky’s remarkable existence and wide writings have left an indelible mark on progressive moral sense, but there has been a hazard that his identify may disappear from historical past. initially released in 1954, Deutscher’s magisterial three-volume biography used to be the 1st significant e-book to counter the robust Stalinist propaganda laptop. during this definitive biography Trotsky emerges in his actual stature, because the so much heroic, and finally tragic, personality of the Russian Revolution.
This 3rd quantity of the trilogy, first released in 1963, is a self-contained narrative of Trotsky’s years in exile and of his homicide in Mexico in 1940. Deutscher’s masterful account of the interval, and of the ideological controversies ranging all through it, varieties a heritage opposed to which, as he says, ‘the protagonist’s personality unearths itself, whereas he's relocating in the direction of catastrophe.’