Originally published in 1954, this biography was the first major publication to counter the powerful Stalinist propaganda machine that sought to expunge Trotsky from the annals of the Soviet Union. This is the second volume of three.
Isaac Deutscher was born in 1907 near Krakow and joined the Polish Communist Party in 1926. After his expulsion in 1932, he maintained his opposition to the general drift of Comintern policy in the 1930s. He moved to London in 1939 and continued his journalistic activity until 1946, devoting the rest of his life to historical research and the writing of books and essays. His prolific output includes Stalin and The Unfinished Revolution. Isaac Deutscher died in 1967.