Lenin by Christopher Read
A Revolutionary Life (Routledge Historical Biographies)

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 4 Critic Reviews



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.

Focal points of this study are:

Lenin's revolutionary ascetic personality how he exploited culture, education and propaganda his relationship to Marxism his changing class analysis of Russia his 'populist' instincts.

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.


About Christopher Read

See more books from this Author
Christopher Read is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Warwick.  He is author of From Tsar to Soviets: The Russian People and Their Revolution, 1917-21 (1996), Culture and Power in Revolutionary Russia (1990) and The Making and Breaking of the Soviet System (2001).
Published June 13, 2005 by Routledge. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War, Children's Books, Law & Philosophy.

Unrated Critic Reviews for Lenin


I'm reviewing my copy of Poor Lenin's Almanac - Perverse leftist proverbs for modern life by liberty writer Bruce Walker (Outskirts Press).

Dec 02 2010 | Read Full Review of Lenin: A Revolutionary Life (...

The New Zealand Herald

The focus is upon the people of the village of Liven (the name, one gathers, is a multi-layered joke deriving from the ability of the Chinese character translated as "Liven" to mean many things), situated in the Balou mountains in Henan Province, Western China.

Mar 03 2013 | Read Full Review of Lenin: A Revolutionary Life (...

The New York Review of Books

Trotsky (before the Revolution) went a step further: in 1911 he casually observed that the whole dispute between Bolsheviks and Mensheviks was “a struggle for influence over the politically immature proletariat”—a struggle conducted by “Marxist intelligentsia.” This really went home, and the diat...

| Read Full Review of Lenin: A Revolutionary Life (...

The New York Review of Books

In autocratic Russia, on the other hand, Lenin’s Bolsheviks compensated for Social Democracy’s dwindling red consciousness by incarnating the specter of communism in their “party of a new type.” And between the two, the chief ideologue of Germanic Central Europe, Kautsky, clung to the formal trap...

Nov 01 2001 | Read Full Review of Lenin: A Revolutionary Life (...

Rate this book!

Add Review