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The Russian Revolution

The Russian Revolution

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Mr. Pipes writes trenchantly, and at times superbly....No single volume known to me even begins to cater so adequately to those who want to discover what really happened to Russia....Nor do I know any other book better designed to help Soviet citizens to struggle out of the darkness."

-- Ronald Hingley, The New York Times Book Review

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Mr. Pipes writes trenchantly, and at times superbly....No single volume known to me even begins to cater so adequately to those who want to discover what really happened to Russia....Nor do I know any other book better designed to help Soviet citizens to struggle out of the darkness."

-- Ronald Hingley, The New York Times Book Review

Ground-breaking in its inclusiveness, enthralling in its narrative of a movement whose purpose, in the words of Leon Trotsky, was "to overthrow the world," The Russian Revolution draws conclusions that have already aroused great controversy in this country-and that are certain to be explosive when the book is published in the Soviet Union. Richard Pipes argues convincingly that the Russian Revolution was an intellectual, rather than a class, uprising; that it was steeped in terror from its very outset; and that it was not a revolution at all but a coup d'etat -- "the capture of governmental power by a small minority."


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"A monumental study...of absorbing interest [by] the distinguished historian of modern Russia ...Lucidly written, unsurpassed in detail and comprehensiveness."

— Wall Street Journal

"Mr. Pipes provides invaluable background to today's headlines....Few efforts have been made to create such a comprehensive work.... Pipes is a pathfinder."

— The New York Times

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ISBN-13:
9780307788573
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/13/2011
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976
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387,751
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The Russian Revolution 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I have enormous respect for Professor Pipes, this was not one of his best works.  The writing was stale and dry at times...also the author clearly does not like the Russian Revolution and that, in my view, mires his analysis and judgment which is unmistakably obvious throughout the book.  Historians should at least attempts to be unbias and non-judgmental when weighing the facts and evidence and allowing the reader to decide.  It is however comprehensive and well researched.
hermitage383 More than 1 year ago
This five star review is with serious reservations. If you are very interested in the Russian Revolution, this book is the definitive account. Not only does it demonstrate impeccable scholarship, but has a definite point of view. Pipes clearly does not like Lenin or Bolshevism. Because of his strong opinions, which show through in his writing, the book is more engaging than if he had worried about feigning objectivity. The Russian Revolution was tragic and evil, and set the stage for modern totalitarianism and genocide. Regrettably, too many historians who lean left of center, have white washed Russian Communism because they think it was merely a misguided attempt to stand up for the little guy. Perhaps, they think that there are lessons from Russia that will help us moderate the ill effects of Capitalism as if American capitalism and Russian communism are both in the wrong. They may both be flawed, but Capitalism is wrong like a traffic violation and Communism is wrong like genocide is wrong. It is refreshing to read a historian not afraid to vehemently attack a thing as clearly wrong, a vast crime. And so Pipes is thorough, detailed, with brilliant analysis. He is the big dog when it comes to the Russian Revolution. And he has definite opinions which he is not afraid to voice. No one can claim to be well informed concerning this issue without having read Pipes. So why the serious reservations about 5 stars? To slog through this tome you need to want to be a Russian Revolution expert. It is detailed to the point of tedium. You reach the conclusion with enormous relief as if you have been freed of a burden. The book has no sense of joy; it is dismal, dark even. The book is a triumph of scholarship, but the reader does not feel triumphant. So if you really want a detailed understanding of the cataclysm that left Russia with a single party state led by one of the 20th centuries great monsters, Lenin, the precursor to the worst of the 20th century Hitler, Stalin, Mao, then read this book.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be exceedingly dry. The author relates endless details - facts and figures about Russia during the time in question - but fails to connect them into a cohesive picture until far too late into the book, if at all. He also uses many terms and concepts which he only bothers to explain later on in the book, leaving you scratching your head at the time. I also found the writing to be sterile and devoid of any of the personal reflections or focus on individuals that distinguish great history writing from boring, laundry list style history. Pipes pales in comparison to contemporary historians such as Boorstin and McCullough. There is a great deal of interesting and important information here, but the presentation leaves a great deal to be desired.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Pipes has written here one of the best, most comprehensive works on the Russian Revolution. By the 'Revolution', he means the February 1917 popular uprising, not the Communist coup later that same year. His work highlights the tragedy that befell Russia- the combination of a mindless monarchy, spineless liberals, and power hungry leftists would create for the Russians decades of unprecedented slavery and misery. But at least everyone (except the Party higher ups) was equally poor and oppressed. Highly recommended, but be forewarned, this is not light summer reading.