In This Review

Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky
By Irving Howe
Viking, 1978, 193 pp

Not a biography but a political essay with a narrative foundation, to use the author's own description, this study is of more than ordinary interest. Howe draws a portrait of a revolutionary and thinker of heroic stature and also gives a critical analysis of Trotsky's political outlook in the later years. Acknowledging his debt to Isaac Deutscher's biography, he makes sure his readers know he does not agree with Deutscher on Stalinism.