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The Bolsheviks


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Preface, 1998: Lenin among the Bolsheviks THE FAMILY THE REVOLUTIONARY TRADITION The Decembrists Bakunin and Herzen Chernyshevsky Populism APPRENTICESHIP Samara St. Petersburg Siberia Marxism THE LEADER The Iskra Period What Is To Be Done From the Rift to the Revolution of 1905 REVOLUTION AND REACTION The Revolution of 1905 The Ebb THE YEARS OF WAITING: 1908-1917 Splits and Scandals On the World Stage: 1912-1917 1917 A Kind and Considerate Revolution Toward the Great October VICTORY The Statesman The Dictator THE WORLDS OF COMMUNISM The Old Economic Policy The World of the Comintern THE LAST STRUGGLES Medicine and Administration Intrigue and Death Index

About the Author

Adam B. Ulam was Gurney Professor of History and Political Science at Harvard University.


Notwithstanding the title…this is the most rewarding single study of Lenin that I have yet encountered… The really impressive feature of Ulam’s book is that he is thinking hard all the way. No comfortable historical generalization or biographical cliché escapes his critical attention, and he has a most satisfying way of asking, in effect—is this an adequate explanation; what else may be involved? In these days of rampant ‘be-that-as-it-may’ writing, Ulam’s intellectual seriousness is a great relief and pleasure.
*New York Times (from reviews of the first edition)*

This biography of Lenin…is so good that it is not merely superior in degree to any other life of Lenin, but different in kind. The conjunction of scholar and artist is the rarest thing. We used to be told that it was worth learning Italian to read Dante. Here is a new one: it is worth developing an interest in Lenin to read Adam Ulam.
*The Observer (from reviews of the first edition)*

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