The Assassination Of Leon Trotsky

For a time in the 1920s Leon Trotsky was second in importance in Soviet Russia only to Lenin himself.  Many believed him to be the natural choice to succeed Lenin.  But it was not to be; in the Byzantine power struggles that characterized Soviet politics, Trotsky would prove to be an amateur.  His personality—arrogant, dismissive, and lacking in tact and forbearance—would ensure that few voices were raised in his defense as Stalin slowly put him in a vice.  Trotsky was eventually stripped of his posts and forced into internal exile; he would eventually have to flee the country.

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The Assassination Of Datames

We have described in another place the superior generalship of the Carian commander Datames and his subtlety in war.  Yet despite his abilities he fell victim to treachery and was assassinated in 362 B.C. by the king (Artaxerxes) whom he used to serve.  How this came about we will now tell, using the historian Cornelius Nepos as a guide.

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