While reviewing Robert Service’s biography of Trotsky, Tariq Ali indicates which account of Trotsky’s life still stands the test of time:
For over half a century, Isaac Deutscher’s three-volume biography of Trotsky, a literary-historical masterpiece in its own right, was regarded as the last word on the subject. Many who were deeply hostile to the Russian revolution and all its leading actors nonetheless acclaimed these books: in 1997, asked to nominate his favourite book for National Book Day, the newly elected prime minister, Tony Blair, nominated the trilogy. Twelve years later the culture in this country has become so overwhelmingly conformist that any alternative to capitalism is considered outlandish.
Read the full review here.
Isaac Deutscher’s 3 volume biography of Trotsky, The Prophet, is now available as a discounted shrinkwrapped set.
Also available individually:
And also available is Slavoj Zizek presents Trostsky: Terrorism and Communism.