Lenin: A Biography

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Pan Macmillan, 21 feb. 2011

Lenin is a colossal figure whose influence on twentieth-century history cannot be underestimated. Robert Service has written a calmly authoritative biography on this seemingly unknowable figure. Making use of recently opened archives, he has been able to piece together the private as well as the public life, giving the first complete picture of Lenin.

This biography simultaneously provides an account of one of the greatest turning points in modern history. Through the prism of Lenin's career, Service examines events such as the October Revolution and the ideas of Marxism-Leninism, the one-party state, economic modernisation, dictatorship, and the politics of inter-war Europe. In discovering the origins of the USSR, he casts light on the nature of the state and society which Lenin left behind and which have not entirely disappeared after the collapse of the Soviet regime in 1991.

'Immensely scholarly but also vivid and readable. This is a splendid book, much the best that I have ever read about Lenin ...I was overwhelmed by the power and vividness of this portrait.' Dominic Lieven, Sunday Telegraph

'He has managed skilfully to depict the surreal life of an obsessive, brilliant and stubborn individual' Guardian

'Lenin's life was politics, but Service has succeeded in keeping Lenin the man in focus throughout . . . This book deserves a place among the best studies of one of the most fascinating figures in modern history' Harold Shukman, The Times

 

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Reseña de usuario  - xuebi - LibraryThing

As with Service's biography of Stalin, this biography of Lenin is well-researched and reads very well, covering in detail his youth, rise to power, rule, death and legacy in Russian society today. Very interesting as with Service's other political biographies. Leer reseña completa

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Reseña de usuario  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

Dense and meandering biography on Lenin, who remains an impenetrable figure. Good focus on his early life, but it starts to lose focus after an endless recounting of meetings and conferences and denunciations. Leer reseña completa

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Preface
Glossary of Names of Lenin and his Family
INTRODUCTION
THE ULYANOVS AND THE BLANKS
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DEATHS IN THE FAMILY
THE PLOUGHING OF THE MIND
PATHS TO REVOLUTION
SEIZING POWER
THE RUSSIAN COCKPIT
POWER FOR THE TAKING
THE OCTOBER REVOLUTION
DICTATORSHIP UNDER SIEGE
January to May 1918
AT GUNPOINT
WAR LEADER

ST PETERSBURG
TO SIBERIAN ITALY
AN ORGANISATION OF REVOLUTIONARIES
HOLY FIRE
RUSSIA FROM FAR AND NEAR
THE SECOND EMIGRATION
ALMOST RUSSIA
FIGHTING FOR DEFEAT
LASTING
EXPANDING THE REVOLUTION
DEFEAT IN THE WEST
THE NEW ECONOMIC POLICY
A QUESTION OF SURVIVAL
DISPUTING TO THE LAST
DEATH IN THE BIG HOUSE
THE AFTERLIFE
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Sobre el autor (2011)

Robert Service is a Fellow of the British Academy and of St Anthony's College, Oxford. He has written several books, including the highly acclaimed Lenin: A Biography, Russia: Experiment with a People , Stalin: A Biography and Comrades: A History of World Communism, as well as many other books on Russia's past and present. Trotsky: A Biography was awarded the 2009 Duff Cooper Prize. Married with four children, he lives in London.

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