He does recognize that Trotsky was unable to escape a Jewish identity he had no wish to preserve.
The only major difference between Trotsky and his fellow Bolshevik leaders was that he never got the chance to wield total power.
Of course, you could say that Trotsky thought the same way about Lenin, and look what happened to him.
The bloody effervescence of the Bastille gave way to Robespierre and then Napoleon; Stalin crushed Trotsky.
Service is the first major biographer of Trotsky to portray him as myopic villain instead of defeated prophet.
The English reader of to-day is aware, however, that the Russian revolution has not stood still since Trotsky wrote.
Far better to have the Democracy of the trenches than the Anarchy of Trotsky.
On December 27th a Commission for studying the question of industrial conscription was formed under the presidency of Trotsky.
Trotsky, he said, was quite another sort—an ambitious adventurer.
Food is unobtainable and Trotsky has only one pair of trousers.