With an introduction by Alan Woods and a preface by Trotsky’s grandson, Vsievolod Volkov.
Since My Life was first published it has been regarded as a unique political, literary and human document. Written in the first year of Trotsky’s exile in Turkey, it contains the earliest authoritative account of the rise of Stalinism and the expulsion of the Left Opposition, who heroically fought for the ideas and traditions of Lenin.
Trotsky’s exile is the culmination of a narrative which moves from his childhood, his education in the “universities” of Tsarist prisons, Siberia and then foreign exile – to his involvement in the European revolutionary movement and his central role in the tempestuous 1905 revolution and the Bolshevik victory in October 1917 and the civil war which followed. The work concludes with his deportation and exile.