Trotsky: Exile and Murder in Mexico

Bertrand M. Patenaude

Part of the Spring 2010 U.S.–Mexico Futures Forum Series

April 22, 2010

Event Description

Patenaude will discuss his new book, Trotsky: Downfall of a Revolutionary, which describes Leon Trotsky’s last years in Mexico in the late 1930s. At the center of this gripping and tragic story are Trotsky’s tumultuous friendship with painter Diego Rivera; his affair with Rivera’s wife, artist Frida Kahlo; and his torment as his family and comrades become victims of the Great Terror and Stalin’s assassins close in.


Bertrand M. Patenaude is a lecturer in history and international relations at Stanford University and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.