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Soon after the Bolshevik victory in the Russian Revolution, Leon Trotsky led the Red Army against the counter-revolutionary White armies. Written in the white heat of the Civil War, "Terrorism and Communism" is one of the most potent defences of revolutionary dictatorship of the twentieth century. In his provocative commentary in this new edition, the coruscating critic Slavoj Zizek argues that Trotsky's attack on the illusions of democracy has a vital relevance to today.

©2007 Verso (editorial matter), Slavoj Zizek (P)2011 Audible Ltd

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Skip Zizek nonsense and go to chapter 3 Trotsky

Terrorism and Communism is actually a book by Kautsky this is Trotsky's reply. Brilliant listen.

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horribly convoluted and badly explained history

what a horribly convoluted and badly explained history book. I had hoped for alot more, since I love the subject =/

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-04-11

From the Cauldron of the Russian Revolution

It is a pleasant surprise to find audible producing an audio edition of a work by Trotsky, especially a work such as this. This is Trotsky fresh from the front of the Civil War, writing just a few eventful years since the October Revolution (which is called the November revolution here for the usual reasons). While many will, no doubt, purchase the book for Slavoj Zizek's lengthy introduction, it is Trotsky's text that is the major work here. Sean Barrett does a fine job of reading the text and thus conjuring back to life the indomitable spirit of the Russian Revolution in its most ruthless and thus its most resolutely utopian moment. I can only say I hope for more works such as this from audible in the future.

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  • Sean
  • 08-06-12

What an adventure!

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Bertolt Brecht, in his time, once said that Trotsky must be the greatest literary writer alive. I've read other Trotsky books and I wasn't prepared to contradict that, but not until I heard this performance was it made absolutely clear how true that is. Trotsky's constant wit had me laughing aloud at the ridiculous attempts of poor Kautsky (Trotsky's target in this polemic) at slander. Add to this Trotsky's moral high ground, and his masterful command of metaphor and literary subtlety, and this book should be studied in literary or theater courses at the university. Aside from this, there are actually many good arguments made which wouldn't appear obvious to many on a first glance, and I found Trotsky's argument itself quite insightful.

But I am not sure this would have been so apparent had it not been for the audio performance by Sean Barrett. From beginning to end, Barrett gives full life to the polemical text; it is as if Trotsky himself were thundering down from the speakers' platform. This is without a doubt the best recording of a book that I have ever heard, it is a rare indication of the potential of this format.

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But I am not sure this would have been so apparent had it not been for the audio performance by Sean Barrett. From beginning to end, Barrett gives full life to the polemical text; it is as if Trotsky himself were thundering down from the speakers' platform. This is without a doubt the best recording of a book that I have ever heard, it is a rare indication of the potential of this format.

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  • P K
  • 24-11-11

A strange audiobook - but no waste of money

For me this was my first exploration of leftist literature. I felt a bit like Alice in Wonderland because I had nothing to compare it with. I now have discovered a part of history that I never knew about. It's a weird but intriguing text.

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  • Chad
  • 23-12-20

Justifications for a ruinous and murderous ideology

Defenders of the deadly “isms” often state that their deadly ideology wasn’t “really” tried because it was hijacked by totalitarian cults of personality. As Trotsky often cited as the rightful idealist heir to Lenin, kindly points out for us in this work, that is nonsense. The ideology itself is murderous, dictatorial, and requires slavery. Sorry, compulsory labor. With Trotsky, You’ll still end up dead in a gulag, but the notice will be more eloquently written.

I gave this work high marks because while the foundations of it are horrific, it is essential for understanding the nature of socialism.

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  • Adri16
  • 19-01-19

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Too abstract. I didn't realize Trotsky was criticizing Kautsky (focus of text) till last 10 minutes of 8-hour audio.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 07-06-21

Huge disappoonent.

I expexted more interesting thoughts from Žižek. He only wrote a short introduction. The information on this book is misleading.

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  • Stew slatt
  • 01-03-21

Entertaining

very fun read, Trotsky is truly a developed author and great philosopher in the Marxist Troup.

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  • Ira S. Saposnik
  • 07-03-19

This is Trotsky

At his best
Nothing is even said in jest
This is before he was slain
In Mexico with ice pick in the brain

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 27-07-19

Thought provoking!

a primary source of the ideas and aspirations of Soviet communism at it's birth (1920).

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  • Samuel Morales Jr.
  • 21-05-12

Felt like a rationalization for authoritarianism

My issue was more with the content than the quality of the audiobook itself. I had no major issues with the narrator but the text itself felt like a rationalization for Soviet authoritarianism. Trotsky argues with the "militarization of labor" and for the subordination of labor unions to the Soviet state.

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