I am still in the very early stages of this book. Trotsky is in the ultimate Communiist club, prison.
1) Like Bill Ayers Trotsky was a spoiled self centered rich kid. The author stressed
he got good grades. What is noteable is a lack of close friends as revolutionaries tend to use people like cattle.
2) There is nothing Jewish in Trotsky's life. His parents briefy sent him for Jewish
education before packing him off to go to a Lutheran School.
3) Trotsky bullies his girlfriend in arguments before deciding to court her via long winded letters in prison.
Service paints a picture of a manipulative wretch with good grades, but no real friends who becomes a revolutionary on dad's dime. Sorry, but this story is too familiar. Even Rigoberta Menchu turned out to be wealthy by local standards.