Books: Vintage Red

1905

by LEON TROTSKY translated by ANYA BOSTOCK

488 pages. Random House. $15.

Now that the popular styles of the '20s, '30s and '40s have been recycled, why not some of the unpopular styles? Old Communists, for example. They really did make them better years ago. One of the best models was the brilliant, arrogant, vain, dogmatic, versatile Bolshevik, Lev Davidovich Bronstein. He called himself Trotsky, after a jailer at the czarist prison where he once served time. Trotsky was not without wit. When Nicholas II's troops came to break up a revolutionary meeting,...

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