The Revolution Betrayed: What is the Soviet Union and Where is it Going?
New York, Doubleday, Doran & Co. 1937.
First edition; 8vo; original cloth boards and dust jacket. Signed and dedicated on the front free end page "To Mr John Finerty with best regards, Leon Trotsky, 13 April. 1937, Coyoacan". This work analysed and criticised the course of historical development in the Soviet Union following the death of Lenin in 1924 and is regarded as Trotsky's primary work dealing with the nature of Stalinism. The book was written by Trotsky during his exile in Norway. Finerty was the New York lawyer for Alexander Orlov, the KGB officer who defected to the United States during the Spanish Civil War. Orlov became aware of a possible KGB plot to assassinate Trotsky, who was then living in Mexico and attempted to contact Trotsky to warn him of the plan. It was later discovered that Trotsky believed Orlov's letter was a hoax perpetrated by the NKVD. Trotsky was finally assassinated on August 20, 1940. A near fine copy in a very good dust-jacket slight loss to head of spine which is also slightly faded and has some scattered staining to the back panel.