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Pipes is a widely recognized authority on Russia and is currently Baird professor of History at Harvard University. This is the final volume in his magisterial history of the Russian ...
Pipes is a widely recognized authority on Russia and is currently Baird professor of History at Harvard University. This is the final volume in his magisterial history of the Russian Revolution, covering the period from the outbreak of the Civil War in 1918 to Lenin's death in 1924.
Posted January 9, 2012
Richard Pipes has used historical evidence and a good bit of wry humor to establish the facts and dispel the myths surrounding the years of Lenin's Bolshevik government. Above all, Lenin is shown to be a far cry from a zealous revolutionary for social justice. He was in fact, a brilliant, cynical, and cold blooded psychopath. He had disdain for the very people that he purported to champion. Like all psychopaths, Lenin had an instinct for vulnerability and he played on the vanities of the Western capitalists and intelligencia with great skill. Churchill was one of the very few who had a good read on Lenin, but naturally, he was viewed as the skunk at the European garden party. This is a great book that should be read slowly, underlined, and highlighted so that many of our current policies in the international arena can be better evaluated.
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Posted May 21, 2011
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