Leon trotsky once a vocal critic of lenin and the bolshevik party joined the bolsheviks in august 1917 trotsky quickly rose to a position of power in the party just before the october revolution he was elected to the bolshevik central committeeduring the revolution trotsky oversaw soviet military operations in petrograd now st petersburg the capital of the russian empire. Explore the life of leon trotsky whose intellect and leadership made him a change agent during the russian revolution only to lose favor with lenin and incur the wrath of joseph stalin. Combining young lenin and on lenin in one volume this is a fascinating political biography by lenins fellow revolutionary leon trotskytrotsky on lenin brings together two long out of print works in a single volume for the first time providing an intimate and illuminating portrait of the bolshevik leader by another of the twentieth centurys greatest revolutionaries. Leon trotsky lenin encyclopedia britannica 14th edition published by the encyclopedia britannica fourteenth edition 1939 vol13 of 24 pages 911 914 the fourteenth edition was apparently first printed in 1929 and reprinted in 1932 1936 1937 1938 and 1939 transcribed by jim gilbert for the leon trotsky internet archive
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