Three Who Made a Revolution: A Biographical History of Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin

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The lives of three men who made the Russian Revolution possible—Lenin, Trotsky, and Stalin—are the focus of this biographical account of the rise of socialism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Bertram Wolfe, a political scientist and historian of Russia, knew Trotsky and Stalin personally, and here brings his profound insider's knowledge to bear on his subjects. Three Who Made a Revolution recounts the early lives and influences of the three leaders, and shows the development of their diverging ideologies as decades gave strength to their cause and brought Russia closer to its turning point, a revolution that would alter the course of the twentieth century.

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Editorial Reviews

The New Yorker
The best book in its field in any language.
— Edmund Wilson
The Nation
Clearly the best study available.
— Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
American Historical Review
Mr. Wolfe has laid bare more relevant facts and arranged them more clearly and honestly than any of his predecessors.
— Isaiah Berlin
The New Yorker - Edmund Wilson
The best book in its field in any language.
The Nation - Arthur Schlesinger
Clearly the best study available.
American Historical Review - Isaiah Berlin
Mr. Wolfe has laid bare more relevant facts and arranged them more clearly and honestly than any of his predecessors.
The Nation - Arthur Schlesinger Jr.
Clearly the best study available.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815411772
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1ST COOPER
  • Pages: 680
  • Sales rank: 1,468,628
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Bertram D. Wolfe (1896-1977) is the author of The Fabulous Life of Diego Rivera. He was one of the founders of the American Communist Party, and worked, after his break with Stalin in 1928, for the U. S. State Department as an expert on the Soviet Union.

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Table of Contents

Full Circle, a foreword
Introduction 3
I The Heritage 11
II Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov 39
III Life and Death of Alexander Ilyich 54
IV Against a Stone Wall 67
V Matriculation in Marxism 80
VI The Common Source 99
VII Legal Marxism 118
VIII Prison and Exile 127
IX Lenin's Organization Plan 147
X Lev Davidovich Bronstein 169
XI Lyova Becomes a Populist 180
XII From Populism to Marxism 201
XIII Lenin Prepares 215
XIV Unification Congress 230
XV Taken by Surprise 249
XVI Police Socialism 265
XVII 1905 in Exile 287
XVIII 1905 in the Capitals 311
XIX Trotsky's Round Trip 332
XX The Trial of Vladimir Ilyich 337
XXI Lenin and Stolypin 358
XXII Arms and the Man 371
XXIII The Youth of Soso Djugashvili 399
XXIV Birthpangs of Georgian Bolshevism 418
XXV How History Is Made 437
XXVI Djugashvili Becomes a Disciple 448
XXVII Stalin and Lenin 465
XXVIII Night of Exile 475
XXIX Lenin as Philosopher 496
XXX The Split Becomes Permanent 518
XXXI The Case of Roman Malinovsky 535
XXXII War Clouds 558
XXXIII The National Question 578
XXXIV The International Prepares 591
XXXV A World Ends 607
XXXVI Seven Theses against War 620
On Transliteration and Pronunciation 639
Index 641
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