Joseph Stalin

Stalin: why and how - Boris Souvarine

Souvarine describes Stalin's path of ascent to power as master of Party and state.

Trotsky, the Left Opposition and the Rise of Stalinism: Theory and Practice - John Eric Marot

Leon Trotsky.

Through a critical examination of the limits of SWP guru Tony Cliff's analysis, Marot demolishes the popular myth that Trotsky and his Left Opposition within the Bolshevik Party in Russia were, during the 1920s, a heroic attempt to defend working class interests against a Stalinist 'socialist construction' and repression that they disagreed with. An effective factual antidote to leftist and ICC-type left-communist apologetics for Trotsky and Trotskyism's anti-working class character in Soviet Russia.

Bolshevism and Stalinism - Paul Mattick

Trotsky with Stalin

Mattick analyses "the superficiality of the ideological differences between Stalinism and Trotskyism" and why "Trotsky's own past and theories", with his role in the construction of the Russian regime, "condemned 'Trotskyism' to remain a mere collecting agency for unsuccessful Bolsheviks".