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5.0 out of 5 stars The very best, 26 Feb 2011
This is an utterly fantastic time-line of events in Russia from 1917-1921.

History can never be objective, it is always influenced by the writers' views. In looking at this particularly contentious era, trotskyists leaders lie and manipulate evidence to defend their historical heroes, to some extent anarchists do the same but from an opposing perspective. Liberal and conservative historians also distort the facts in their favour. Maurice Brinton acknowledges that he cannot be impartial. He openly admits his ideology is to illuminate the extent to which the workers themselves managed production, and to what extent groups of people imposed themselves, from above, upon the workers and dictated to them how the economy and society should be run.

The result is a masterpiece - certainly the best historical book I've ever read. It exposes the Bolshevik regime as a largely counter-revolutionary force which - from as early as 1917 - systematically undermined the factory committees and workers' councils which were the best expressions of workers' self-management. It has converted more Trotsykists to libertarian communism than any other text I have come across.

Whether you are a Trotskyist, anarchist, or somebody who is just looking to understand a very exciting period in human history, I cannot recommend this book enough.
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Bolsheviks and Workers Control (Black Rose Books; E23)
Bolsheviks and Workers Control (Black Rose Books; E23) by Maurice Brinton (Hardcover - Jan 1996)
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