The Russian Revolution Author:Leon Trotsky Written during the early years of his enforced exile from Stalin's Russia, Leon Trotsky's "History of the Russian Revolution" first appeared in English in 1932. Its intrinsic interest quickly established the book as the one indispensable text on the subject and also placed it among the all-time classics of history-writing. As a man who had been ... more »a major participant in the momentous events he describes, Trotsky gave to his pages all the animation of an eye-witness narrative, complete with brilliant portraits of the Tsar, the Tsarina, Rasputin, Lenin, Stalin, and other actors in the drama.
At the same time, his genius for theory and his industry in research made the book a notable contribution to historiography. As such, it has been compared to the work of Thucydides, Tacitus, Machiavelli, Gibbon, and others who wrote great historical accounts because they cared passionately about the fate of man in history.
This Anchor edition of the History, translated from the Russian by Max Eastman, reprints in complete form the important chapters describing the twin revolutions of February and October 1917. Omitted Chapters are carefully summarized by the editor, F. W. Dupee. The helpful glossaries and the index of the original American edition are retained.« less