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The Life and Death of Lenin

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Who was Vladimir Ilyich Lenin?

He was a man with vast potential for good and evil.

He was one of the twentieth century’s political geniuses.

He was the revolutionary leader who envisioned backward, feudal Russia as the world’s first socialist country.

He bent Karl Marx’s theories into a weapon for conquering state power, and built the Bolshevik Party into an efficient politic
Hardcover, 672 pages
Published 1964 by Simon & Schuster (NYC)
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Alison Offerdal
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detailed and thought provoking biography

An excellent exposition of the man, more than any other 20th century figure arguably, who changed the course of history. Having studied the Russian revolution, this book did change my perspective on Lenin as both a man personally and politically.
Zebardast Zebardast
yek zendeginameye badbinane dar bareye lenin!
Jul 26, 2007 is currently reading it
I will never finish this book.
Jan 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Instead of being a biography, I think this doorstop I just finished is more a primer on communism, with a little bit of biographical information on this guy thrown in for good measure.

We get it. He wanted the proletariat to be in charge, and thought nothing but violence would accomplish such. We can also thank him for the scourge that was Josef Stalin. He attempted to rectify that before he died, with a document of succession, but Stalin had other ideas.

It got interesting in about the last fou
Chris Bartholomew
Feb 02, 2014 rated it liked it
It was okay. I guess it would be no surprise to say that it was about the Life and Death of Lenin. I didn't take away a great deal from it. I wish the author gave me better insight into why so many people followed this man and continued to idolize him after his death. It seems to me that his popularity at the time was based on hope and promise rather than any real change from life under the Tzars. He didn't deliver nor did anyone after him.
Edwin Martin
Aug 18, 2014 rated it liked it
another in the old Reader's Digest condensed collection. Nothing all that great about the man or the writing comes though to me, just one of those larger than life figures in history that I thought I aughta know more about.
Timothy Corrigan
Dec 20, 2009 rated it liked it
A solid biography. The author likes to throw in a few odd details, as in "He was a great sharpener of pencils."(actual sentence).

This book is worth a purchase if only for the nihilist masterpiece, "The Revolutionary Catechism," by Sergey Nechayev, included in the introduction.
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Oct 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
I love to read biographies. Who was Lenin? This one should be really interesting. Hope I can gain some insights about how he became who he is....
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