Lenin: A Revolutionary Life
From a highly distinguished author on the subject, this biography is an excellent scholarly introduction to one of the key figures of the Russian Revolution and post-Tsarist Russia. Not only does it make use of archive material made newly available in the glasnost and post-Soviet eras, it re-examines traditional sources as well, providing an original interpretation of Lenin's life and historical importance.
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A prominent figure at the forefront of debates on the Russina revolution, Read makes sure that Lenin remains in his place as a highly influential and significant figure of the recent past.
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Review: Lenin: A Revolutionary Life (Routledge Historical Biographies)User Review - David - Goodreads
I started to like this more toward the end. I think I'll have to read more about the formation of the USSR to really appreciate this book, though. Read full review