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Lenin: Life and Legacy
 
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Dmitri Volkogonov
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Lenin: Life and Legacy

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Published (first published October 12th 1994)
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Anthony
If there are (and there are) anyone who remains a fan of V.I. Lenin and considers him a man unfairly maligned only due to capitalist bias, they should have their naive suppositions dispelled via this book. In Volkogonov's Lenin, the author traces the details of Lenin's life beginning as a born member of the gentry through his early life as a supposed revolutionary where Lenin typically (also typically 1/4th Jewish) spent most of it doing almost no real work at all (according to letters written b...more
John Mark King
Easily the best book of Russian history I have yet read. One must expect that the most insightful examination of Lenin and his legacy would have to be written by an insider...but only if it were to be decidedly honest. Boy, is this book ever honest. Volkogonov is unrelenting in his denial of Lenin's legacy in the former USSR as the bastion of goodwill and democracy who was cut down and replaced by the evils of Stalinism before his work could be finished. In truth, Lenin (as the author suggests)...more
Norm Deguerre
ultimately, a long winded and dry book - however, I do appreciate this book as a counter to the revisionist history. Volkogonov, as a first hand participant and observer, is able to talk bout how the seeds for the great terrors and purges were dictated by the ideologies of Lenin; detailed many times in the book, is how ruthless and calculating Lenin was - and how he saw any form of democracy, embodies by the Mensheviks, as anathema to the revolution.

"Lenin took every opportunity to ram home the...more
Raymond
I begin with two quotes.

“He [Lenin:] saw in liberal politicians the chief obstacle to his plans. His anti-liberalism was a mark of his general antipathy to liberty as a political and moral value.”

“…believing everything is moral that facilitates the victory of Communism…”

For Communism, substitute any idea of an ideal government.

Both of these are from Lenin- A New Biography: Chap. The Mausoleum of Leninism.

The first difficulty in reading a work by and about Russians is Russian names. Almost ever...more
Luis
It is the best biography that I read about this man and his comrades, who destroyed Russia and were responsibles for the first concentration camps in Russia, even before Stalin, and the famine right away the revolution, which caused millions of lives. The red terror was according to the author the tool used by the Bolsheviks to eliminate all the enemies of class, including the aristocracy, the gentry, peasants, officers of the Imperial Army, intellectuals who were anti Communists, the Russian mi...more
Simon
This biography has interesting information, but it also gives a window into the mindset of a Russian historian. In the now-defunct USSR, Lenin was canonised by the state, but now he's a demon. In either case, Lenin is not treated as a human being.
Glenn Johnson
God what a dreary book...although that may have as much to do with the subject matter as the writing
Al
I am more amazed by human nature and by the cult of personality than I am by Lenin's personal story.
Katie Malloy
This was a bit of a slow read, i didn't feel like it was as informative as i thought it was going to be.
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