Books: Bolshevik Reminiscences

MY LIFE — Leon Trotsky — Scribners ($5).

Leo Davidovich Bronstein, middleaged, nearsighted, hooknosed, big-lipped, spectacled, with a shock of greying hair, is an exile on the island of Prinkipo in the Sea of Marmosa. Once, as Leon Trotsky, he was second most powerful Russian. Lenin's right-hand man. In My Life he gives the story of his rise, decline, fall.

Born in Little Russia in 1879, the son of a Jewish farmer, Trotsky early became class-conscious. Arrested for revolutionary activities at 19, he spent two years in prison, then was exiled to Siberia. There...

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