From the Back Cover
Taking up the story of the Russian Revolution from 1919, this final volume of Professor Pipe's trilogy discusses the Bolsheviks' attempt to expand their authority throughout Russia and outside. He focuses on the building of the Communist state at home and, beyond the raw struggle for power, on the broader issues of cultural and religious policies. The book ends with the death of Lenin in 1924, by which time the seeds of Stalinism were well sown.
"A major work of modern history – a book that for the first time recounts the horrific saga of the Bolshevik Revolution from a morally credible perspective… It gives us in fact an immensely rich and variegated account of virtually every aspect of the fateful upheaval… About this regime 'unknown to previous history' Mr Pipes has written an avowedly 'angry' book which communicates on its every page the author's intense feelings of moral indignation and spiritual horror at the human catastrophe it describes. About time, too"
HILTON KRAMER, 'New Criterion'
"To write about the Civil War at length is very difficult, because it went on everywhere and anywhere, with innumerable actors, and I have never seen it better done… Pipes replaces E.H.Carr quite easily"
NORMAN STONE, 'The Times'
"Will enlighten and enrage (the liberal academic establishment)… The chapter on cultural policies is the best short survey of its kind"
ORLANDO FIGES, 'Guardian'
"Brilliantly researched and wonderfully readable. Myth after distorted myth falls to his axe, as he hacks his way through the jungle of misrepresentation, and it is a delight to see how effectively the task is completed… It is frankly impossible within the space of a short review to do justice to the magnitude of Pipes' achievement"
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NIKOLAI TOLSTOY, 'Literary Review'