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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (9 Feb. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781474600446
  • ISBN-13: 978-1474600446
  • ASIN: 1474600441
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 5.3 x 16.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An excellent, original and compelling portrait of Lenin as man and leader (Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of STALIN: THE COURT OF THE RED TSAR)

Richly readable ... enthralling but appalling (Francis Wheen MAIL ON SUNDAY)

Victor Sebestyen brings the man's complexities to life in Lenin the Dictator, balancing personality with politics in succinct and readable prose ... Sebestyen describes particularly keenly how this ruthless, domineering, often vicious man depended on three women to sustain him (David Reynolds NEW STATESMAN)

The attention to detail is flawless (Alex Larman THE OBSERVER)

The story of the Bolshevik revolution is fascinating in several ways, and Sebestyen does a good job of telling it ... entertaining (Tibor Fischer STANDPOINT)

Can first-rate history read like a thriller? With Lenin the Dictator the journalist Victor Sebestyen has pulled off this rarest of feats. How did he do it? Start with a Russian version of House of Cards and behold Vladimir Ilyich Lenin pre-empt Frank Underwood's cynicism and murderous ambition by 100 years. Add meticulous research by digging into Soviet archives, including those locked away until recently. Plow through 9.5 million words of Lenin's Collected Works. Finally, apply a scriptwriter's knack for drama and suspense that needs no ludicrous cliffhangers to enthrall history buffs and professionals alike (Josef Joffe NEW YORK TIMES)

In this new biography, Victor Sebestyen gives a vivid and rounded picture of Lenin the man ... Sebestyen brings to the task a gift for narrative and for describing his rich cast of characters (Margaret MacMillan THE OLDIE)

Victor Sebestyen does an impressive job of telling Lenin's life story ... it is a highly readable overview (Evan Mawdsley BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE)

In his engagingly written biography the author ... captures all the drama of Lenin's leadership against
a background of imperial collapse, the ravages of war and the building of a dictatorship ... the Bolshevik leader emerges from these pages as a man unencumbered by critical self-awareness, by doubts or by any moral conflict over the extraordinary costs inflicted on others by the pursuit of his revolutionary goals

(Daniel Beer GUARDIAN)

An enthralling portrait of one of the key figures of the 20th century (MAIL ON SUNDAY Summer Books)

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A new life of the creator of the world's first communist state

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