Lenin: The Man, The Dictator, And The Master Of Terror
- Biographies & Memoirs, Russian History, Best of 2017, For Him
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The monster and the man
Who was the flesh-and-blood man behind the coldly one-dimensional leader of the Bolshevik Revolution? In the first major English biography of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin in nearly two decades, Victor Sebestyen offers an unparalleled portrait.
Here is Lenin the revolutionary: his early radicalization, the 1917 Communist uprising, his creation of a system based on political terror, and his invention of Joseph Stalin, who would take Lenin's ideals to horrifying new heights. But Sebestyen also reveals Lenin the man, from his profound love of nature to his all-important relationships with his mother, his sisters, his wife, and his mistress.
Lenin at last gives us the richly complex figure long missing from conventional histories.
"[An] excellent, original and compelling portrait of Lenin as man and leader."-Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of The Romanovs
"Insightful... A compelling portrait of an epoch-making figure...Readers explore the complexities of [Lenin's] personality: sophisticated intellectual and shameless demagogue, cerebral logician and emotional rageaholic, sensitive lover of music and callous murderer. But no complexities will fascinate readers more than those characterizing Lenin's tangled relationships with the women who influenced him."-Booklist (starred review)
"Richly readable... Sebestyen does full justice to the astonishing, thriller-like tale of [Lenin's] return to Russia to organize the October uprising...Lenin saw enemies everywhere. Blaming peasant farmers for the shortage of food, he ordered provincial officials to round them up and hang them. Even Josef Stalin was rebuked for not being ‘merciless' enough...An enthralling but appalling story."-The Mail on Sunday
"In his engagingly written biography the author ... captures all the drama of Lenin's leadership against a back ground of imperial collapse, the ravages of war and the building of a dictatorship ... the Bolshevik leader emerges from these pages as a man unencumbered by critical self-awareness, by doubts or by any moral conflict over the extraordinary costs inflicted on others by the pursuit of his revolutionary goals."-The Guardian
About The Author
Victor Sebestyen has written for numerous British and American newspapers, including the Daily Mail, the London Evening Standard, and The New York Times. His books include Twelve Days: The Story of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire.
Additional Book Details
|Release Date:||November 7, 2017|