Written in Russian 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, together with Max Eastman's superlative translation, quickly established the book as the one indispensable text on the subject also placed it among the all-time classics of history-writing.
As a man who had been a major participant in the momentous events he describes =, Trotsky gave to his pages all the animation of 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.
If he challenges our common assumptions at almost every point, he does so with a power of logic, wit, and style which make him irresistible reading.
This Anchor edition reprints in complete form the important chapters describing the twin revolutions of February and October 1917. Omitted chapters are carefully summarised by the editor. The helpful glossaries and the index of the original American edition are retained.