The Prophet Armed: Trotsky 1879 1921

The Prophet Armed: Trotsky 1879 1921

Isaac Deutscher Christopher Hitchens / May 28, 2020

The Prophet Armed Trotsky Hardly any political figure in the th century aroused so much passionate and confused controversy as Leon Trotsky There was a danger that his name might have disappeared from history Isaac Deutscher

  • Title: The Prophet Armed: Trotsky 1879 1921
  • Author: Isaac Deutscher Christopher Hitchens
  • ISBN: 9781859843222
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Hardly any political figure in the 20th century aroused so much passionate and confused controversy as Leon Trotsky There was a danger that his name might have disappeared from history Isaac Deutscher s three volume life of Trotsky was originally published in 1954, and was the first book to counter the powerful Stalinist propaganda machine that had sort to expunge TrotskHardly any political figure in the 20th century aroused so much passionate and confused controversy as Leon Trotsky There was a danger that his name might have disappeared from history Isaac Deutscher s three volume life of Trotsky was originally published in 1954, and was the first book to counter the powerful Stalinist propaganda machine that had sort to expunge Trotsky s name from the annals of the revolution, or worse, to leave it there as a synonym for an arch traitor.

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      • Isaac Deutscher Christopher Hitchens

        Isaac Deutscher was a Polish born Jewish Marxist writer, journalist and political activist who moved to the United Kingdom at the outbreak of World War II He is best known as a biographer of Leon Trotsky and Joseph Stalin and as a commentator on Soviet affairs His three volume biography of Trotsky, in particular, was highly influential among the British New Left.


    1. In my adorable years of late-teens and early-twenties 'radicalism,' some of my heroes (cultural, aesthetic, political) included Salvador Dalí, Karen Finley, Emma Goldman, Marcel Duchamp, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jean-Luc Godard, Woody Allen, David Lynch, Rosa Luxemburg, Diamanda Galás, Jacques Derrida, Friedrich Nietzsche, J.D. Salinger, and Leon Trotsky. The motliest of crews, to say the least. Each member of this pantheon, although no longer gilded by the burnished and obscuring light of youth, ret [...]

    2. I read this first volume of three of Isaac Deutscher's massive biography of Leon Trotsky for a discussion group on Russian history. It turns out that seeing the Russian Revolution through the eyes of one man -- perhaps the most brilliant of the early Soviet leaders -- gave me a unique perception of Russia's successes and failures in those critical early years.Communism started out more or less as an international debating society with branches all over Europe. It was only the proto-revolution of [...]

    3. This is a book of big ideas and actions to match. Once Big Ideas were the norm. We've moved beyond that: through the period of little, lean and mean ideas to the time of No ideas. Ideas have been replaced by positions (supported by its mutant step-child, talking points) and those usually appear fossilized. Action we do have. But unfortunately it comes from either Michael Bay or a drone.But this book is about a different time. Big Ideas ruled and people could shape destinies armed with those idea [...]

    4. The other reviewers are right to call this biography hagiography. Although, since the Soviets kept such a tight lock on their historical information, and one can never trust Stalin's press releases as genuine, perhaps the limited information Deuscher had access to really did paint Trotsky in such a pristine light. I'm dubious though. The serious problem with this book is that Deutscher sets out on too many goals at once, and thus fails to consummate any of them. He tries to write a bio without b [...]

    5. This book is pretty effing incredible. It's a lot more than a biography. Deutscher presents the political events of the era and the theory that Trotsky grappled with and developed in some pretty rich detail. Trotsky's life is the stuff of high drama. The social events of the time and place are inspiring. And Deutscher writes brilliantly. Boy, if this kind of history was taught in school

    6. Asıl adı Lev Davidoviç Bronştayn olan Troçki 7 Kasım 1879'da Güney Ukrayna'da bulunan Kerson köyünde doğmuş. Troçki adını hapiste tutulduğu süre boyunca görevli bulunan bir gardiyandan almış. Hatta bu ismin kalıcı olacağını hiç düşünmediğinden utanmış bir süre. Bir kız kardeşi varmış ve babası çiftçilik yapıyormuş. 9 yaşında halasının yanına giderek eğitimi için büyük bir adım atmış ve daha sonra da kendini geliştirmek için çok uğraşmış [...]

    7. For nearly all its existence since Lenin's death in 1924 Trotsky (aka Lev Davidovich Bronstein) was Satan in the Bolshevik's manichean view of the world. Most of the purges of the 1930s were allegedly meant to cleanse Soviet society and its key institutions (the Communist Party, the unions, the Red Army, the intelligentsia) of the Trotskyte taint that, like some sort of Original Sin, pervaded the proletarian dictatorship. Stalin tried to erase Trotsky from the history of the Revolution. He even [...]

    8. Isaac Deutscher is a perceptive historian and vivid prose stylist, and we're lucky to get this monumental portrait of the most quickly receding revolutionary of the last century. Trotsky was many things -- talented scribbler, devious escape artist, persuasive orator, wide-ranging theoretician, principled friend of the peasantry and proletariat (he came from neither class). But Deutscher can't erase the fact that, despite his charisma and brainpower, Trotsky was above all a stone bore. The Menshe [...]

    9. (Current)I feel, if anything, more reverential about Deutscher's work than I did when I first read it two years ago. A sweeping, yet personal, perspective on one of the most dynamic periods in history. Yet my sympathetic association with Trotsky's ideas are diminished by a more careful read on how mercurial his passions could be and on his willingness to dispel niceties such as democratic freedom in pursuit of his aims (which themselves are a bit inconsistent during the latter years of his posit [...]

    10. Having had my eyes opened about U.S. foreign policy by the invasion of the Dominican Republic in 1965 and my study of the history of the war in Southeast Asia, I joined the Young People's Socialist League, the youth affiliate of the Socialist Party, and Students for a Democratic Society, by my junior year in high school. I also made some older friends through the school's social science club, most of whom knew a lot more than I did and some of whom directed me to books about history, political s [...]

    11. this is a brilliant work about one of the greatest political minds in History. Deutscher is quite sympathetic to trotsky and that might bother some people as trotsky had a hand in ruthlessly killing hundreds of thousands of people. Those are a lot of broken eggs for an omelet that didn't end up being so tasty.But we get inside Trotsky's head in a way no other author I have read does. Trotsky was a genius, a committed revolutionary, and he had a few fatal flaws. He believed he understood more tha [...]

    12. This is the first book I've been able to get through on the Russian revolution, and I found it fascinating. The author, Isaac Deutscher, was reading Shakespearean tragedies while writing the book, and the narrative of this book does indeed show an arc from triumph to tragedy (and this is only the 1st of 3 books he wrote on Trotsky's life). World events, personal pride and ambition (his own and that of others), grave mis-steps- all show up in this biography. For someone I came to truly respect in [...]

    13. A very detailed if somewhat hagiographic look at Trotsky from his birth to the end of the civil war. Also, since it's an older book, it doesn't have access to the archives that were opened in the 1990s. For this reason, while it's a good book on Trotsky, it's missing some interesting information about the russian revolution as a whole that can be found elsewhere.

    14. Mind bogglingly thorough history of Trotsky that started out for me as an assigned book for a Russian History class. I ended up becoming really fixated on Trotsky, so I read all three volumes. Everything you've ever wanted to know about the birth of Soviet Union and more.

    15. End of volume one. End of the revolution. What good does it do to win the revolution and the civil war is there is nothing left? How do the workers unite when there is no more work, no more work places?

    16. A sympathetic but not sycophantic portrayal of a remarkable man. Deutscher has no doubt socialism is the way to go, which helps him make good sense of the complex events of the Bolshevik revolution, though unfortunately at the expense of minimizing some of its worst aspects. I look forward to reading the further volumes.

    17. OH WHAT INCREDIBLE DETAIL DEUTSCHER GIVES. I've also read half of the second volume, and I must say, the external reading he inserts to accompany Trotsky's path is daunting. Truly crucial if you want impeccable insights to Lev's earlier years.

    18. En fait deux tomes pour un seul livre. A lire absolument pour comprendre que Trotsky a eu des idées condamnées puis reprises par Staline. In extenso. Un grand livre pour comprendre. Reste encore 4 tomes quand même

    19. Volume 1, Trotsky - Prophet Armed, depicts not only the rise of Trotsky as a revolutionary star but the background history of imperial Russia in late 19th century, under Tsardom, struggling with illiterate peasantry and serfdom. Revolution was not the product of overnight work. Isaac Deutscher help us to know how the émigré leadership of future revolution worked in Western Europe for more than 15 years, when they were forced to go underground in Russia, their deportation to Siberia and enigmat [...]

    20. "Revolutions are true as movements but false as regimes." - Merleau-Ponty, Adventures of the DialecticFirst, this is not hagiography. Plenty of liberal historians have written biographies of American presidents; for a Marxist to write one of Trotsky is no more inherently biased.In a little over a year the centenary of the October Revolution will be upon us, comrades. While the Soviet Union looks like a thoroughly discredited cause, the significance of this event may still be up for grabs. We hav [...]

    21. All 3 volumes: Returns from exile and along with Lenin he authors the Russian Revolution; organizes Red Army; writes numerous volumes on literature, art, economics, revolution. Exiled from the Soviet Union by Stalin; family members imprisoned or hunted down and killed by Stalinist agents; ends up in Mexico; has affair with Frida Kahlo; ghost writes the Surrealist Manifesto for Andre Breton; meets with revolutionaries from around the globe; predicts the coming of fascism and war in Germany; likes [...]

    22. Further to my study of the Russian revolution, I've now read Deutscher's The Prophet Armed:Trotsky. This has been the most illuminating of all (the biographies of Lenin, Stalin, Luxemburg etc.) To say that the Russian revolution or 'the experiment' as it is sometimes called, failed is a great lie. It is such a shame that the West's fear of socialism or communism has covered up and miscast such a noble effort.

    23. There have only been a very few biographies I've read that have been so compelling and so brilliantly conceived and written that I believe they are 5-star books. These include Edel's amazing study of Henry James and this one by Deutscher. This is an amazing life story of a exceptional but flawed man, who absolutely changed the history of the world.

    24. Great book for deciphering the meaning and origin of terms such as soviet, bolshevik, menshevik, red guards and red army. The breadth of thought and depth of intellect in an ultimately flawed individual who was a central figure in the Russian Revolution and laid the intellectual groundwork for what, to his later horror, Stalin perfected in implementation.

    25. هو ذلك الثورى الرومانسى الحالم المنظر المنفذ العاقل الواقعى القائد والملهم والخطيب والمناظر.هو كل ما تتمناه ثورة وكل ما يحتاجه الثوريون للتوجيه والقيادة فهو من وضع تصورا مستقبليا لثورة اكتوبر واول من نادى بان تتجة روسيا الشيوعية نحواسيا قبل اوروباهو من اسس الجيش الاحمر من [...]

    26. Part I of III. Was good to have built up a background in the Russian Revolution, but by no means necessary. Deutscher does a superb job of placing Trotsky within history, unlike some biographies which try too hard to justify their subject's place.

    27. ما اعتقد اني سويت هايلايت في كل اللي قرأته زي ما سويت في كتاب دويتشر

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