Historians in the service of the Big Lie

A Public Meeting in London, Sunday, December 13 2009, 2:00 PM, at Small Hall, Friends Meeting House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ, UK

The WSWS and SEP announce an important public lecture, “Historians in the Service of the Big Lie: An Examination of Robert Service’s New Biography of Leon Trotsky” … (full text).

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In The Service of Historical Falsification: A Review of Robert Service’s Trotsky, by David North, 11 November 2009: The Specter of Leon Trotsky – In 1955 James Burnham, the intellectual godfather of modern American neo-conservatism, reviewed The Prophet Armed, the first volume of Isaac Deutscher’s monumental biography of Leon [Lev Davidovich] Trotsky.

Fifteen years had passed since Burnham had resigned from the Fourth International at the climax of a political struggle in which he had crossed polemical swords with Leon Trotsky. It had been a difficult experience for Burnham, who felt somewhat overmatched in this political and literary contest. “I must stop awhile in wonder,” Burnham had written in a document addressed to Trotsky, “at the technical perfection of the verbal structure you have created, the dynamic sweep of your rhetoric, the burning expression of your unconquerable devotion to the socialist ideal, the sudden, witty, flashing metaphors that sparkle through your pages.” (1) … (full very long book review text).

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