Conspirator: Lenin in Exileby Helen Rappaport
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The father of Communist Russia, Vladimir Ilych Lenin now seems to have emerged fully formed in the turbulent wake ofWorldWar I and the Russian Revolution. But Lenin's character was in fact forged much earlier, over the course of years spent in exile, constantly on the move, and in disguise.
In Conspirator, Russian historian Helen Rappaport narrates the compelling story of Lenin's life and political activities in the years leading up to the revolution. As he scuttled between the glittering capital cities of Europefrom London and Munich to Vienna and PragueLenin found support among fellow émigrés and revolutionaries in the underground movement. He came to lead a ring of conspirators, many of whom would give their lives in service to his schemes.
A riveting account of Lenin's little-known early life, Conspirator tracks in gripping detail the formation of one of the great revolutionaries of the twentieth century.
“Rappaport delivers a vital restoration of the real Lenin.”
“The period of Lenin’s life when he wandered Europe, impoverished and isolated, prior to the 1917 revolution is recounted in fascinating detail in this new book… This volume contributes immensely to our understanding of how Lenin forged his cadre, his leadership style and the worldview that all came to be so brutally reflected in the oppressive state he founded.”
“Remini revisits the Compromise of 1850 as an important, cautionary tale for today…. [He] skillfully presents the debates by the Great Triumvirate – Clay, John C. Calhoun and Daniel Webster – and decides that Clay’s compromise ultimately saved the Union by allowing the North ten years to prepare for war and to nourish the great leader it needed – Abraham Lincoln. A fresh look at the value of compromise in advancing the general interest.”
“[A]n excellent account of Lenin’s formative years as a political exile from tsarist Russia that evokes the desperate scene of the European radical underground with nuance and in engaging detail…. Rappaport handles her subject with admirable objectivity, which makes the image of Lenin that emerges all the more damning.”
“Never before have [Lenin’s] mind, habits, quirks, and passions been so well portrayed as in this book…. The events of these years have been recounted a thousand times, but Rappaport penetrates beyond them by trailing after Lenin, his utterly devoted wife, Nadezhda Krupskaya, and the sundry young Russian revolutionaries who collected about him in an endless succession of one-room furnitureless apartments, makeshift meeting places, and furtive printing centers.”
“Helen Rappaport, in Conspirator, vividly describes the years that Nikolai Lenin, one of the century’s leading monsters, responsible for the reign of terror and the Gulag, spent in exile. Though the outcome – the Communist takeover of Russia – is familiar, Rappaport maintains such narrative tension that it does not seem certain.… [A] readable and always intelligent account of one of history’s most infamous monsters.”
“A well-written and…painstakingly researched story.”
“Instead of being a political saga, as have been most previous Lenin biographies, the fangs are missing in this one; it has become a story of obsession. Well written and researched, with a full and workable bibliography…. Recommended.”
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Meet the Author
Helen Rappaport is a specialist in Russian history, as well as fluent in Russian. In 2002, she was Russian consultant to the National Theater's Tom Stoppard trilogy, The Coast of Utopia. She has translated all seven of Chekhov's plays and is most recently the author of The Last Days of the Romanovs. She lives in Oxford, England.
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