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The Life of Lenin

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  38 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Since there's never been a really good English biography of Lenin, the idea of doing something about it came more or less simultaneously to three authors. As soon as each heard the others were at work, the race to get published was on. Stefan Possony won it, but Authors Payne & Fischer were close behind.
Each biography seems tailored to a specific audience. Robert Payn
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Published April 19th 2001 by Orion Publ. Co. (first published 1964)
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Elisa
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gigantic book dealing with a gigantic man.

I still don't know how to feel about Lenin, but one thing is for sure: he is undeniable.

Here's what I can say about Lenin, without doubting: he was a tireless zealot in pursuit of what he thought was the greater good, and he meant to achieve it by any means necessary. He was, in the words of Louis Fischer, "the steel that bends", that is, he had an admirable capacity to depart from theory if it did not suit the practice. And when does theory ever do th
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Buddy Don
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
This was NOT a good read, at least not in the sense of being an enjoyable book to read. I wanted to know more about Russia in general and have read a series of books on the topic. Obviously, Lenin is an important part of that story. But his life was NOT very interesting, certainly not once the revolution had occurred. I suppose it is interesting to read all of his speculations about how world history would go, though he was wrong on so many different issues (as the author does a good job of indi ...more
Erik Graff
Apr 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those wanting an introduction to Lenin's life
Recommended to Erik by: Edward Erickson
Shelves: biography
I read the 1964 Harper and Row edition of this biography while trying to come to grips with Marxism in high school during the late sixties. Fischer, familiar to me from his Life of Mahatma Gandhi, seemed a safe way to proceed with the problematic Lenin after having read Isaac Deutscher's three volume biography of the easier-to-idealize Trotsky.

Although Fischer had been sympathetic to the Soviet experiment in his early years, the excesses following the revolution led to his disillusionment. This
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Foreign correspondent and analyst of world affairs.

Fischer worked as an European correspondent first in Berlin later in the Soviet Union. The works he wrote during his stay in the Soviet Union are criticised for its apologism and the denial of the Ukraine famine.

Louis Fischer first visited Gandhi in 1942 and again in 1946.
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