Lenin: Life and Legacy

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With access to unpublished Lenin documents held in the Communist Party archives and elsewhere, Volkogonov shows that the violence and coercion that characterized the Soviet system derived entirely from Lenin, and that Lenin's regime designed and set in motion the machinery of the Stalinist terror of the 1930s and 1940s. 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 illness that crippled the final months of his life.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Russian

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At KGB headquarters in Moscow, classified files were always carefully marked with the words khranit' vechno - to be preserved forever. For years, Westerners have wondered what secrets were preserved in the KGB archives and in dozens of other off-limits locations. Now that Dmitri Volkogonov, historian and former general in the Soviet Army, has been entrusted with the management of the archives as a special assistant to Boris Yeltsin, we know. For the past three years Volkogonov has combed through more than 3,700 once-secret documents covering every piece of information in the archive system concerning Vladimir Ilyitch Lenin. Volkogonov has woven this mountain of information into a compelling story of the Soviet founding father and the system he created, and offers a radical departure from the traditional interpretation of Lenin. He demonstrates that many of the characteristics of so-called Stalinism were firmly laid down in Lenin's lifetime, usually on Lenin's direct orders. From the creation of concentration camps to brutal repression of the church and the media, to a strategic formation of a cult of personality, Lenin's leadership was cruel and totalitarian. And with select revelations from the post-Lenin years, Volkogonov shows that all the worst excesses of the Soviet state had their roots in its founding father. -- Midwest Book Review

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