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The Resource Lenin : the man, the dictator, and the master of terror, Victor Sebestyen

Lenin : the man, the dictator, and the master of terror, Victor Sebestyen

Lenin : the man, the dictator, and the master of terror
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the man, the dictator, and the master of terror
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Victor Sebestyen
"Since the birth of Soviet Russia, Vladimir Lenin has been viewed as a controversial figure, revered and reviled for his rigid political ideals. He continues to fascinate as a man who made history, and created the first Communist state, a model that would later be imitated by nearly half the countries in the world. Drawing on new research, including the diaries, memoirs, and personal letters of both Lenin and his friends, Victor Sebestyen's biography--the first in English in nearly two decades--is not only a political examination of one of the most important historical figures of the twentieth century, but a portrait of Lenin the man. Lenin was someone who loved nature, hunting, fishing and could identify hundreds of species of plants, a despotic ruler whose closest ties and friendships were with women. The long-suppressed story of the complex love triangle Lenin had with his wife, and his mistress and comrade, reveals a different character to the coldly one-dimensional figure of the legend. Sebestyen also reveals Lenin as a ruthless and single-minded despot and a 'product of his time and place: a violent, tyrannical and corrupt Russia.' He seized power in a coup, promised a revolution, a socialist utopia for the people, offered simple solutions to complex issues and constantly lied; in fact, what he created was more 'a mirror image of the Romanov autocracy.' He authorized the deaths of thousands of people, and created a system based on the idea that political terror against opponents was justified for the greater ideal. One of his old comrades who had once admired him said he 'desired the good ... but created evil.' And that would include his invention of Stalin, who would take Lenin's system of the gulag and the secret police to new heights"--
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Draws on diaries, memoirs, and private letters written by both the controversial dictator and his friends to explore how Vladimir Lenin's personal life, including key relationships with women, shaped his politics and role in launching the Russian Revolution
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New York Times Notable Book, 2017
Biography type
individual biography
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  • 947.0841092
  • B
  • illustrations
  • plates
index present
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S34 2017
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non fiction
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the man, the dictator, and the master of terror
the man, the dictator, and the master of terror
Victor Sebestyen
Lenin : the man, the dictator, and the master of terror, Victor Sebestyen
Lenin : the man, the dictator, and the master of terror, Victor Sebestyen
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 538-547) and index
Prologue: The coup d'état -- A nest of gentlefolk -- A childhood idyll -- The hanged man -- The police state -- A revolutionary education -- Vladimir Ilyich--attorney at law -- Nadya--a Marxist courtship -- Language, truth and logic -- Foreign parts -- Prison and Siberia -- Lenin is born -- Underground lives -- England, their England -- What is to be done? -- The great schism--Bolsheviks and Mensheviks -- Peaks and troughs -- An autocracy without an autocrat -- Back home -- "Expropriate the expropriators" -- Geneva--"an awful hole" -- Inessa--Lenin in love -- Betrayals -- A love triangle--two into three will go -- Catastrophe--the world at war -- In the wilderness -- The last exile -- Revolution--part one -- The sealed train -- To the Finland station -- The interregnum -- "Peace, land and bread" -- The spoils of war -- A desperate gamble -- The July days -- On the run -- Revolution--part two -- Power--at last -- The man in charge -- The sword and shield -- War and peace -- The one-party state -- The battle for grain -- Regicide -- The assassin's bullets -- The simple life -- Reds and whites -- Funeral in Moscow -- The "Internationale" -- Rebels at sea and on land -- Intimations of mortality -- Revolution--again -- The last battle -- "An explosion of noise" -- Lenin lives
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25 cm
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First United States edition.
xix, 569 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
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