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ISBN 9780674062252

Publication Date: 10/30/2011


648 pages

50 halftones

Belknap Press

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  • List of Illustrations
  • Maps
  • Preface
  • A Note on Usages
  • Introduction
  • Part I: 1879–1913
    • The Family Bronstein
    • Upbringing
    • Schooling
    • The Young Revolutionary
    • Love and Prison
    • Siberian Exile
    • Iskra
    • Cutting Loose
    • The Year 1905
    • Trial and Punishment
    • Again the Emigrant
    • Unifier
    • Special Correspondent
  • Part II: 1914–1919
    • War on the War
    • Designs for Revolution
    • Atlantic Crossings
    • Nearly a Bolshevik
    • Threats and Promises
    • Seizure of Power
    • People’s Commissar
    • Trotsky and the Jews
    • Brest-Litovsk
    • Kazan and After
    • Almost the Commander
    • Red Victory
    • World Revolution
  • Part III: 1920–1928
    • Images and the Life
    • Peace and War
    • Back from the Brink
    • Disputing about Reform
    • The Politics of Illness
    • The Left Opposition
    • On the Cultural Front
    • Failing to Succeed
    • Entourage and Faction
    • Living with Trotsky
    • What Trotsky Wanted
    • Last Stand in Moscow
    • Alma-Ata
  • Part IV: 1929–1940
    • Bü Yü Kada
    • Looking for Revolutions
    • The Writer
    • Russian Connections
    • Europe South and North
    • Setting Up in Mexico
    • The Fourth International
    • Trotsky and His Women
    • ‘The Russian Question’
    • Confronting the Philosophers
    • The Second World War
    • Assassination
    • The Keepers and the Flame
  • Notes
  • Select Bibliography
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2010
  • 2009 Duff Cooper Prize
  • An Independent Best History Book of 2009
  • A New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorite Nonfiction Book of 2009
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