`The author at last follows up his biographies of Lenin and Stalin with this well-researched working examining Trotsky's complex ideas and the reasons behind his exile and murder.'
--`The Hit List', The Independent on Sunday
`Seldom has the pathology of the revolutionary type and its murderous consequences, been more mercilessly exposed than in this exemplary biography.' --Robert Harris, Sunday Times Culture
`There is much to attract the general reader of biography and fascinating findings from the archives for the specialist. Service's biography is a Trotsky for our times...'
--Ronald Grigor-Suny, History Today
'bold and balanced biography.' --Guardian
'It's a complicated story and Robert Service is just the man to disentangle it. With biographies of Stalin and Lenin already under his belt, he has delved into unexplored archives and does Trotsky proud.'
--Seven, Sunday Telegraph
'Service is never unkind to his subject, but nor is he an acolyte. One of the great functions his book performs, aside from being a compelling read, is to flesh out a non-Trotskyite version of Trotsky... There is not moralism in Robert Service's narrative - and there is no need. It is plain from the facts that Trotsky was a quite brilliant historical phenomenon; and not a very nice man.' --Paperback of the Week, Observer
'a fascinating new slant on one of the leading figures behind the Russian revolution.'
'Service's biography answers so many questions...The book contains details hidden for years, so jump in and relive the revolution.' --Nick Ellis, Bournemouth Echo
'The author uses his profound knowledge of Russia and of Bolshevism to give us the best and most nuanced biography of a man without whom the Revolution might well not have succeeded. This is not the Trotsky many in the dwindling left-wing intelligentsia have known. The Trotsky we see here was `arrogant and imperious', fully the equal of Lenin or Stalin in barbarity. At last, students of Soviet Russia have a biography they can trust.'