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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As Mr. Pipes puts it: ''Those who still idealize Lenin and contrast him favorably with Stalin will find little comfort in the Lenin documents which are now coming to light.'' This does not mean, nor does Mr. Pipes suggest, that the documents are a substitute for the writing of history.

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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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