Exactly what was the USSR? Was it socialism? A powerful body of critical Marxist analysis of the USSR was produced in the 1940s and '50s by Max Shachtman, Hal Draper and others, including C L R James. Today, their work is virtually unknown. It does not deserve to be.
The Fate of the Russian Revolution: Lost Texts of Critical Marxism is a work of rediscovery. Here the reader will find the key texts of these long-eclipsed, but very important, political thinkers.
The Fate of the Russian Revolution: Lost Texts of Critical Marxism vindicates those who made the October Revolution. It restates the real ideas of those Bolsheviks who fought Stalinism until it killed them.
It provides an account of efforts to remake a democratic, revolutionary socialist movement in the maelstrom of the mid-century events that gave to the world the shape it would retain until the 1990s.
A long introductory essay traces Leon Trotsky's attempts to understand Stalinism and submits Trotsky's ideas to a systematic criticism.