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.
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About the Author
Richard Pipes was for many years a professor of history at Harvard University. He is the author of numerous books and essays on Russia, past and present, including Russia Under the Bolshevik Regime. In 1981–82 he served as President Reagan's National Security Council adviser on Soviet and East European affairs, and he has twice received a Guggenheim fellowship. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Marlborough, New Hampshire.
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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.
The final volume in an excellent study of Russian history, the author reveals his strong opinions regarding Lenin and other Bolsheviks. The closing chapter, an excellent summary, can almost stand alone. The obsessive misinterpretation of the theories of Marx and Engels clearly led to one disaster after another. Perhaps, when approaching his demise, Lenin perceived his mistakes, but it was too late. The irony is that Russia evidently continues to be a patrimonial, totalitarian autocracy. My only difficulty was in understanding the chronology, especially since some of the events belonged in the second volume. One of the surprises was the role Germany played in the establishment of the Bolshevik regime. Now I must read a history of Russia under Stalin knowing how skillfully Stalin climbed to power. I strongly recommend this series.