The Russian/Soviet historian Dmitri Volkogonov claims that Trotsky's "My Life, must hold pride of place as a work of remarkable self-analysis, as well as imaginative history. Although he wrote it at the relatively early age of forty-eight, soon after his deportation, his life up to then had been eventful enough to merit recording."
Before he settled with the simple title My Life, Trotsky tried out several titles:
Half A Century (1879 - 1929)
An Experiment in Autobiography
Flood Tides and Ebb Tides: The Autobiography of a Revolutionary
In the Service of the Revolution: An Experiment in Autobiography
A Life of Struggle: The Autobiography of a Revolutionary
To Live is to Struggle: The Autobiography of a Revolutionary