Lenin by Dmitri Volkogonov
A New Biography

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The special assistant to Boris Yeltsin radically alters the traditional image of Lenin with a biography based on secret Soviet archives, revealing the Founding Father as a cruel, totalitarian leader who was responsible for the worst excesses of the Soviet state.

About Dmitri Volkogonov

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Volkogonov rose through Soviet military and scholarly ranks, earning a Ph.D. and the rank of General.
Published June 18, 2008 by Free Press. 608 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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The papers show what Mr. Pipes calls Lenin's ''utter disregard for human life, except where his own family and closest associates were concerned.'' Correction: November 7, 1996, Thursday A book review on Oct. 30 about ''The Unknown Lenin: From the Secret Archive,'' by Richard Pipes,...

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In a notably revelatory biography, Volkogonov presents the most compelling evidence to date that Lenin, not Stalin, was the true father of Soviet totalitarianism.

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London Review of Books

Given this, and given the hold of the gerontocracy in the years preceding perestroika, it was even possible to see the point of another ubiquitous slogan: ‘Lenin is more alive than all the living!’ If you are using the site for the first time please register here If you would like access to ...

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