Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Top ten books on Lenin

Helen Rappaport is an historian and Russianist with a specialization in the Victorians and revolutionary Russia. Her books include Ekaterinburg: The Last Days of the Romanovs and No Place for Ladies: The Untold Story of Women in the Crimean War.

Her latest book, Conspirator: Lenin in Exile, which reconstructs Lenin's years in exile, moving from city to city across Europe fomenting revolution, is just out in the UK.

For the Guardian, she named a top ten list of books on Lenin.

One tile on the list:
Lenin: Life and Legacy by Dmitri Volkogonov [also published as Lenin: A New Biography]

The best post-Soviet book by a Russian available in English. Volkogonov is as unequivocally critical of Lenin as he is of Stalin in his companion biography. Contains some interesting revelations from the newly opened Soviet archives to which Volkogonov had exclusive access, particularly about German financial support for the Bolsheviks in 1917, and clearly shows the roots of Stalinism in Lenin's policies.
Read about the other nine books on Rappaport's list.

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--Marshal Zeringue