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The Lenin Anthology

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Patterned after Professor Tucker's highly successful anthology The Marx-Engels Reader, this book includes those words necessary for an introduction to Lenin's revolutionary thought. Selections, where possible, are presented in their fullest form, and 'The State and Revolution' and 'Left-Wing Communism' in their entirety.
Paperback, 764 pages
Published March 17th 1975 by W. W. Norton & Company
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May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
An excellent survey of the essentials of Lenin's thought. For me, the highlights were 'Imperialism: the Highest Stage of Capitalism', and 'The State and Revolution'. I also appreciated his criticism of bureaucracy in the writings towards the end of the anthology.
Steven Peterson
Nov 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Tucker's edited volume, "The Lenin Anthology," is a good compilation of Lenin's body of work. If one wishes a quick introduction to Lenin in one volume, this is a good work to look at.

First, Lenin's real name was Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov. The death of his older brother at the hands of the government was a key point in his life (note the brief chronology on pages xv-xxiii, from his birth in 1870 to his death in 1924). Tucker's introductory essay is useful for placing Lenin's work in context. He
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Obviously, as an anthology, a good bit of this volume is non-essential. During later readings I will have to mark out which bits are worth reading. But Lenin was a visionary, single-mindedness devoted to a righteous cause. He certainly got a lot of things wrong, but nonetheless we can stand to learn a lot from him. Incredibly inspiring to an exhausted socialist.
Apr 02, 2009 rated it did not like it
Learning about Lenin from this book would be like learning about Catholicism from Dan Brown. Tucker abridges so much from Lenin's writings, at such important moments, that its hard to tell why he set about this anthology in the first place. Tucker leaves out Lenin's writings on cultural autonomy (or the lack there of) and comments on Lenin in the most banal of manners. In his introduction to Lenin's "Three Sources and Three Component Parts of Marxism," Tucker's most profound observation was that ...more
Scott Kemp
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Changed my life. I am not a Marxist-Leninist now, but this book changed how I looked at the world, opened my eyes, and helped me become, as much as I can be, a thinking man.
Walter Keathley
Dec 25, 2010 rated it liked it
It can get to be a bit repetative at times, overall a great collection of letters and speeches by a true socialist. If only conservatives can be forged with such mettle.
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Lenin, Vladimir Ilyich (1870-1924) - one of the leaders of the Bolshevik party since its formation in 1903. Led the Soviets to power in October, 1917. Elected to the head of the Soviet government until 1922, when he retired due to ill health.

Lenin, born in 1870, was committed to revolutionary struggle from an early age - his elder brother was hanged for the attempted assassination of Czar