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

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  104 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Istoricul Dmitri Volkogonov, fost general in Armata Rosie, a ocupat totodata posturile de asistent special al presedintelui Boris Eltin si de presedinte al comisiei prezidentiale pentru examinarea arhivelor secrete sovietice.

Pornind de la cercetarea a peste 3700 de documente cindva inaccesibile, autorul arunca o lumina noua asupra primilor ani ai regimului sovietic si elab
Published (first published 1994)
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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
Jan 13, 2013 John Mark King rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 18, 2013 Luis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 24, 2015 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars really. (I don't give out 5 star ratings easily.)

Wow. It took me 32 days to finish this book. This was not what I would call an easy read. It was heavy, both in it's topic and in it's language. It was a challenge. It is full of Russian names, which are what make any Russian book challenging. And it's about politics and every committee or group has a name which of course consists several words, thus just making much of the book slow.

Prior to reading this I knew NOTHING about Lenin. I on
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
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
Jan 21, 2014 Simon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 27, 2010 Al rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am more amazed by human nature and by the cult of personality than I am by Lenin's personal story.
Sep 06, 2007 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Dmitri Antonovich Volkogonov (Russian: Дмитрий Антонович Волкогонов) (22 March 1928 – 6 December 1995) was a Russian historian and colonel-general who was head of the Soviet military's psychological warfare department. After researching the secret Soviet archives, he published biographies of Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Lenin, among others. Despite being a committed Stali
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