Lenin: Life and Legacy

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9780002552707: Lenin: Life and Legacy

Fine cloth copy in an equally fine dw, now mylar-sleeved. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 529 pages; Physical desc. : xxxix, 529p. , [32]p. Of plates : ill. , 1 facsim. , 1 map, ports. ; 24cm. Subjects: Lenin, Vladimir Il'ich, 1870-1924 - Biography. Communism - Soviet Union - Biography. Soviet Union - Politics and government - 1917-1936. Summary: This is the most interesting book to come out of Russia since glasnost began. It demolishes the principal myth on which the Soviet state had been founded, from within that state's most secret archive - Lenin's own. He turns out hardly to have been Russian: his immediate ancestry included a Jew, a German, a Swede and a Kalmyck. The political passages are equally surprising: Lenin had virtually no practical experience, made a considerable mess of trying to run Russia after he and Trotsky seized power in November 1917, and had to fall back on terror as the only hope of remaining in power - a legacy he bequeathed to Stalin. Ghastly passages on the murder of the Romanov family and on Lenin's protracted final illness complete the demolition. (Kirkus UK).

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The author destroys the myth of benevolent "Grandfather Lenin", showing how political violence and diplomatic double-dealing were part and parcel of the Soviet system from its outset in 1917. The old idea that Lenin created the communist system and Stalin took it to its extreme is shown to be flawed. The "Stalinist" methods of the Big Lie and violence against the population at home were present from the beginning. The author shows how the Bolsheviks colluded with the German High Command when the Russian Provisional Government was fighting for its life in World War I, and later reveals how Lenin sold off vast numbers of tsarist treasures in the West for the express purpose of financing the launch of Communist Parties in the West. No more definitive analysis of Leninism as a state system, ideological doctrine and way of thinking will be written.

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"Based on research among thousands of unpublished documents concealed in the Communist Party's archives until the fall of the regime. 'Lenin: Life and Legacy' is a crushing indictment of the regime's founder".
Sally Laird, ' Observer'

"Written with insight and authority…excellently translated by Harold Shukman".
Ian McIntyre, 'The Times'

In the first fully documented life of one of the greatest revolutionaries in history, Dmitri Volkogonov is free for the first time t access Lenin's life and legacy, unconstrained by the demands of political orthodoxy. In addition to showing conclusively that the violence and coercion that characterised the Soviet system derived entirely from Lenin, the author also describes in detail the personal life of Lenin: his family antecedents, his private finances, the early funding of the Bolshevik Party, his relationship with his mistress Inessa Armand, and the debilitating illness that finally crippled the final years of his life.

"Volkogonov has done a remarkable job of researching into the newly available archives and reducing them to this manageable size. Harold Shukman has done an equally valuable job of editing and translating. Between them they have 'demolished the icon'".
David Floyd, 'Daily Telegraph'

"Serious and impressive…Volkogonov's biography is all the more moving in being an attempt of an honourable and honest representative of the Soviet military establishment to come to terms with the ideology, institutions and symbols which shaped the lifetime".
Dominic Lieven, 'The Spectator'

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