Trotsky in New York, 1917 : a radical on the eve of revolution / Kenneth D. Ackerman.

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    • Abstract:
      Scope and content: "Lev Davidovich Trotsky burst onto the world stage in November 1917 as co-leader of a Marxist Revolution seizing power in Russia. It made him one of the most recognized personalities of the twentieth century, a global icon of radical change. Yet just months earlier, this same Lev Trotsky was a nobody, a refugee expelled from Europe, writing obscure pamphlets and speeches, barely noticed outside a small circle of fellow travelers. Where had he come from to topple Russia and change the world? Where else? New York City. Between January and March 1917, Trotsky found refuge in the United States. America had kept itself out of the European Great War, leaving New York the freest city on earth. During his time there--just over ten weeks--Trotsky immersed himself in the local scene. He settled his family in the Bronx, edited a radical left wing tabloid in Greenwich Village, sampled the lifestyle, and plunged headlong into local politics. His clashes with leading New York socialists over the question of US entry into World War I would reshape the American left for the next fifty years"--Provided by publisher.
    • Content Notes:
      Act I: On the Eve -- Montserrat -- Times Square -- Saint Marks Place -- Brooklyn -- Riverside Drive I -- Patterson -- The Bronx -- Cooper Union -- Riverside Drive II -- Wilson -- Act II: Of War -- Spy versus Spy -- Carnegie Hall -- Ziv -- Zurich -- East Broadway -- The Committee -- Lenox Casino -- Russia -- Act III: And Revolution -- The Whirlwind -- Spies Again -- Consulates -- Missing -- Harlem River Casino -- Kristianiafjiord -- Nova Scotia -- Petrograd -- Loose Ends -- Trotsky and the Russians -- Hillquit, Fraina, and the Americans -- Conspiracy Theories.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references and index.
    • ISBN:
      9781619026070
      1619026074
    • Accession Number:
      2016020232
    • Accession Number:
      ocn948805291
      948805291
    • Accession Number:
      fay.501938
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      ACKERMAN, K. D. Trotsky in New York, 1917 : a radical on the eve of revolution. [s. l.]: Counterpoint Press, 2016. ISBN 9781619026070. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.501938. Acesso em: 25 jan. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Ackerman KD. Trotsky in New York, 1917 : A Radical on the Eve of Revolution. Counterpoint Press; 2016. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.501938. Accessed January 25, 2020.
    • APA:
      Ackerman, K. D. (2016). Trotsky in New York, 1917 : a radical on the eve of revolution. Counterpoint Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.501938
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Ackerman, Kenneth D. 2016. Trotsky in New York, 1917 : A Radical on the Eve of Revolution. Counterpoint Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.501938.
    • Harvard:
      Ackerman, K. D. (2016) Trotsky in New York, 1917 : a radical on the eve of revolution. Counterpoint Press. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.501938 (Accessed: 25 January 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Ackerman, KD 2016, Trotsky in New York, 1917 : a radical on the eve of revolution, Counterpoint Press, viewed 25 January 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Ackerman, Kenneth D. Trotsky in New York, 1917 : A Radical on the Eve of Revolution. Counterpoint Press, 2016. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.501938.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Ackerman, Kenneth D. Trotsky in New York, 1917 : A Radical on the Eve of Revolution. Counterpoint Press, 2016. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.501938.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Ackerman KD. Trotsky in New York, 1917 : a radical on the eve of revolution [Internet]. Counterpoint Press; 2016 [cited 2020 Jan 25]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.501938

Reviews

PW Reviews 2016 July #1

D.C. lawyer and author Ackerman (Young J. Edgar) takes the obscure story of Leon Trotsky's 10-week stay in New York City in early 1917 and succeeds in painting a picture of a man on the cusp of greatness. When Trotsky arrived with his family in January, he was entrenched in an ideological schism with Lenin, precipitated by the 1915 Zimmerwald conference that divided European socialists over the socialist response to WWI. Trotsky was virtually unknown in America outside of certain émigré circles, but he quickly insinuated himself in the activities of the Socialist Party of America, becoming a thorn in the side of its leader, Morris Hillquit, and undermining Hillquit's vision of what the party should be as well as its level of militancy in opposing WWI. Ackerman shows how, in that span just preceding the Russian Revolution, Trotsky managed to plant the seeds of dissent that would eventually splinter the SPA. Whether writing at his office on St. Mark's Place or radicalizing German prisoners of war while briefly detained in Canada on his way back to Russia, Trotsky was a tireless believer in the revolution he would soon help bring to his homeland. His brief stay in N.Y.C. may remain a historical footnote, but Ackerman clearly demonstrates the forcefulness of Trotsky's revolutionary spirit. Agent: Ron Goldfarb, Goldfarb and Associates. (Sept.)

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