My Life An Attempt at an Autobiography

ISBN-10: 0486456099

ISBN-13: 9780486456096

Edition: 2007

Authors: Leon Trotsky
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Description: This priceless historical document by one of Communism's founders features firsthand accounts from the top levels of leadership in the Russian revolutions of 1905 and 1917. Trotsky chronicles the struggle to consolidate a government run by workers and peasants, along with the rift between Lenin and Stalin and its political consequences.

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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/5/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 624
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Leon Trotsky was born Lev Davidovich Bronshteyn, the son of a prosperous Jewish farmer in the Ukraine. Sent to Odessa for his secondary-school education, he became a member of a Marxist circle in 1896. Imprisoned many times, he escaped from exile in Siberia in 1902 by using the name of a jailer called Trotsky on a false passport. During World War I, he lived in Switzerland, France, and New York City, where he edited the newspaper Novy Mir (New World). In 1917, after the overthrow of Tsar Nicholas II, he went back to Russia and joined Lenin in the first, abortive, July Revolution of the Bolsheviks. A key organizer of the successful October Revolution, he was People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs in the Lenin regime. But antagonism developed between him and Joseph Stalin during the Civil War of 1918--20, and after Lenin's death Stalin exiled him. Trotsky fled across Siberia to Norway, France, and finally Mexico, carrying with him source material on his experiences in the revolution. In Mexico he began working on the biography of his bitter enemy Stalin in a heavily barred and guarded home in Coyoacan. He realized he was racing against time and was able to complete 7 of the 12 chapters before a member of the Soviet secret police managed to work his way into the household by posing as a convert to Trotskyism. An attempt made on Trotsky's life in May 1940 was unsuccessful. Two months later another attempt was made. This one was successful---Trotsky was killed with a pickax at the desk where he was writing "Stalin," and the manuscript was spattered with its author's blood. The construction of the remaining five chapters was accomplished by the translator Charles Malamuth, from notes, worksheets, and fragments. Malamuth's translation of the initial chapters had been completed and checked by Trotsky before his death. A ruthless, energetic, and messianic visionary, Trotsky inspired both confidence and mistrust among those around him. In his later years, he was the focus of communists opposed to Stalin. A writer of power and venom, he was an advocate of permanent world revolution.

Preface to this Edition
Foreword
Yanovka
Our Neighbors and My First School
Odessa: My Family and My School
Books and Early Conflicts
Country and Town
The Break
My First Revolutionary Organization
My First Prisons
My First Exile
My First Escape
An Emigre for the First Time
The Party Congress and the Split
The Return to Russia
The Year 1905
Trial, Exile, Escape
My Second Foreign Exile: German Socialism
Preparing for a New Revolution
The Beginning of the War
Paris, and Zimmerwald
My Expulsion from France
Through Spain
New York
In a Concentration Camp
In Petrograd
Concerning Slanderers
From July to October
The Deciding Night
"Trotskyism" in 1917
In Power
In Moscow
Negotiations at Brest-Litovsk
Peace
A Month at Sviyazhsk
The Train
The Defense of Petrograd
The Military Opposition
Disagreements over War Strategy
The Transition to the New Economic Policy, and My Relations with Lenin
Lenin's Illness
The Conspiracy of the Epigones
Lenin's Death and the Shift of Power
The Last Period of Struggle within the Party
The Exile
The Deportation
The Planet without a Visa
Index
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