This book is simply a biased, poorly-researched attempt to discredit Trotsky.
Quite a controversy has developed over this book, but for a single volume biography it is pretty good, but maybe a bit too personal, not political in its emphasis.
Trotsky analysed and expanded Marxism in a way Stalin couldn't even dream of.
I am interested in the subject of European history. Mainly, the history of Russia; and the three men Robert Service dared to touch upon. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Di. B
Professor Bertrand Patenaude reviewed Robert Service’s biography of Trotsky, published in June 2011 in the American Historical Review, which attracted so much attention. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert Montgomery
Well documented and balanced biography. It's an easy and catching reading.
The author describes in depth all sides of Trotsky's life
This book is full of errors and outright lies. It's important to realize that, in this book, Service takes no interest in any of Trotsky's writings while still attempting to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Anthony Rynes
Quite a controversy has developed over this book, but for a single volume biography it is pretty good, but maybe a bit too personal, not political in its emphasis. Read morePublished 9 months ago by william mathews
Don't expect a masterful rendition like Jon Lee's bio on Che. It is a crabbed read, each sentence is choked with information as if the writer is in a hurry to catch a flight. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Pinku
I found this book both insightful and thorough. While it is obvious Robert Service does not care for either Trotsky's position or Leon as a man, it is also obvious that his... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Michael Pitt
This from WSWS, Wolfgang Weber's conversation with Professor Hermann Weber, a non-Trotskyite scholar and historian at the U. Read morePublished on July 17, 2012 by B. Benton
Having read the numerous critical reviews about the book, I decided to read itself, keeping a list of alleged "errors" and "omissions" for reference. Read morePublished on January 7, 2012 by KarelK