The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror

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Ranked #28 in Russian History, Ranked #52 in Communism

Victor Sebestyen’s riveting biography of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin—the first major biography in English in nearly two decades—is not only a political examination of one of the most important historical figures of the twentieth century but also a fascinating portrait of Lenin the man.

Brought up in comfort and with a passion for hunting and fishing, chess, and the English classics, Lenin was radicalized after the execution of his brother in 1887. Sebestyen traces the story from Lenin’s early years to his long exile in Europe and return to Petrograd in 1917 to lead the first Communist...

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Ben Horowitz Co-founder/Andreessen HorowitzA thrilling biography that provides great insight into how Communism works in practice. (Source)

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