Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) ranks among the greatest and most controversial figures in the political history of the 20th century. During his lifetime, he was the target of a vicious campaign of lies and accusations by the Stalinist regime in the Soviet Union, which culminated in the assassination of the exiled revolutionary leader.
Seventy years after Trotsky’s murder, long-discredited Stalinist distortions and falsifications of the historical record are finding their way into mainstream academic literature. In this penetrating analysis and comprehensive refutation of three recently-published biographies of Leon Trotsky by well-known British historians—Professors Robert Service, Ian Thatcher and Geoffrey Swain—David North raises troubling questions about the state of contemporary historical scholarship.
Thanks to Chris and John Rigas for the translation.