The greatest book on the Russian Revolution. One by one Pipes takes apart and demolishes left-wing and Soviet lies about the moral, political, and social catastrophe brought about by the Marxist hijacking of the Russian Revolution. He is particularly scathing about the murderous incompetence of the Marxist government that Lenin established. As he points out in his equally brilliant study of Russia under Marxist despotism (Russia Under the Bolshevik Regime) Leninism was the first fascism. In the first five years of Marxist tyranny in Russia, the Marxists murdered twelve million people (including five million in a deliberate state-sponsored famine) and reduced industrial production to one tenth of what it had been in 1914. Professor Pipes lays bare the facts about how this disaster came about. A warning from history.
The only thing you really need to know about this very long book is that it spends a few paragraphs on the deaths in the First World War, and then forty pages on "The murder of the tsarist royal family". Lenin is shown as a cartoon character who dreamt of tyranny-for-the-fun-of-it since he was a child.
There are many excellent histories of the Russian Revolution. Historians who themselves are quite conservative have written some good ones. But this one is dishonest propaganda which should never have been published.
Prof.Richard Pipes' book about the Russian Revolution is a classic. It follows events, as they unfold, sometimes literally from day to day. It contains also valuable information, which corrects some widespread belifs, e.g. concerning the origins of the often neglected February Revolution, the first one. In fact, it was not initiated by the workers, but by the uprising of the St.Petersburg garrison. Etc.Etc.
This is a book thats disparaged by those sympathetic to communism. But don't listen to those ideologues, this is the best history of the Russian Revolution. Does it take a dim view of communists, of course, but then a history of the holocaust is bound to take a dim view of the SS but that doesn't make it wrong, quite the opposite a balanced view of these events would be deceitful. So in a nutshell ignore the ideologues who throw around slanders such as debunked or refuted in lieu of proper argument, this is the best history of the Russian Revolution.