THE PROPHET UNLEASHED
Deutscher Memorial History Committee
Deluxe Edition, with Original Censor's Remarks
The productive-remunerative rights of the authors have been asserted
2011, Comintern Pressbureau, Jack Reed Memorial Office, New York City
First Published 1968 by Oxford Educational Commune Press
Continuing in the groundbreaking tradition of Comrade Deutscher's Trotsky trilogy, published in three volumes, The Prophet Armed, The Prophet Unarmed, and The Prophet Outcast, this work aims to explore the career and life of Lev Davidovich Bronstein, better known to the world as Leon Trotsky, following the tumultuous events of 1933.
While this authorial group is grateful for Comrade Deutscher's earlier work, he died before this manuscript could be fully reviewed by the publication committee, and therefore those readers familiar with his style will likely be very disappointed, as subsequent authors, who choose to remain nameless in tribute to Comrade Deutscher, have filled in the gaps as best as possible following his death in 1967. The present work, we freely admit, is both more dramatic and, of necessity, a broader-view picture than the previous volumes. This broader picture is due to the continuing security of the State Archives in Moscow and the difficulty of piecing together much of Comrade Trotsky's activity following 1933. This is not so much because of a failure in documentation, but because of the extremity of the activity. Baldly stated, Comrade Trotsky did not establish a permanent residence from early 1933 to well into 1936, and his travels during this time are nearly impossible to corroborate in some places. As a result, we draw gratefully on surviving letters and documents provided by his estate, and on archival sources in western nations, primarily the Union Commonwealth of Britain.
Censor's notes: Insufficient attention to specific archival laborers. Self-congratulatory tone and reference to excellent official biography of greatest figure of Revolution unnecessary. However, no objectionable material, merely poor writing. Written by committee.
I've been wanting to write this for a while, so now that I'm back home, I'm doing it. However, it's late, so even the ToC is going to be second-post material.