A Graphic Biography

By Rick Geary
Hill & Wang, Hardcover, 9780809095087, 103pp.

Publication Date: September 29, 2009

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Trotsky was a hero to some, a ruthless demon to others. To Stalin, he was such a threat that he warranted murder by pickax. This polarizing figure set up a world conflict that lasted through the twentieth century, and in Trotsky: A Graphic Biography, the renowned comic artist Rick Geary uses his distinct style to depict the stark reality of the man and his times. Trotsky's life becomes a guide to the creation of the Soviet Union, the horrors of World War I, and the establishment of international communism as he, Lenin, and their fellow Bolsheviks rise from persecution and a life underground to the height of political power. Ranging from his boyhood in the Ukraine to his fallout with Stalin and his moonlight romance with Frida Kahlo, Trotsky is a stunning look at one of the twentieth century's most important thinkers and the far-reaching political trends that he launched.

About the Author
Judith Cullen is an artist from the Pacific Northwest with over 25 years of experience as a designer, production manager, administrator, and producer for theatre and opera. Since 2008 she has worked as a volunteer presenting literature live in the online metaverse of Second Life (c), logging in over 500 hours to benefit a variety of charities including War Child North America, Project Children, and Habitat for Humanity under the avatar identity Caledonia Skytower. Ms. Cullen has transformed her professional theatre experience, combined with her work as a virtual storyteller, into a refreshed career as a author, narrator, and voice artist. Her published Trio Tales series are intended as fictional, short story monographs on a single theme, making them ideal for kindle use or portable reading. You can learn more about the author and her work, and connect with her on Google+, Facebook and @

Praise For Trotsky

“A concise and powerful overview of one of the twentieth century’s most influential people.” —Michael Lorah, “Rick Geary deftly reclaims Trotsky for the middle class . . . Geary doesn't shy away from quoting Trotsky’s writings that were pro-revolutionary and pro-violent uprising, but the book projects a sympathetic view of its starring character.” —Suzi Steffen, Eugene Weekly “Geary’s familiar cartoonlike drawing style and factual presentation make this title an accessible and concise introduction to Trotsky’s life.” —Matthew L. Moffett, School Library Journal “A swift-moving, generally accurate view of Trotsky’s life, guaranteed to send orthodox Stalinists into fits.” —Kirkus Reviews “An ace at history in comics form, Geary turns here to the Russian revolution as seen through the life of Leon Trotsky.” —Steve Weinberg, Booklist 

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