Originally published in the UK in 1966, this was the first biography of Lenin which tied together extensive material unearthed in WWII, and it illuminates the complex personality and explains the riddle of Lenin's seemingly impossible rise to power. Using primary sources such as previously inacessible documents from the German, Austrian and Japanese foreign offices, and the vast holdings of the Hoover Institution, the book cuts through many comtemporaneous myths in Communist sources. The volume is a landmark in the study of the birth of Soviet Communism and its revolutionary enterprise.
Table of Contents
1. Family Background 2. Parental Courtship 3. The Siblings 4. Childhood 5. Alexander 6. Two Brothers 7. Student 8. When did Lenin Become a Marxist? 9. What is Russian Marxism? 10. Fedosseyev 11. Lenin Becomes Active 12. Lenin, the Writer 13. Lenin, a Professionl Revolutionary 14. First Steps Toward the Action Party 15. Siberia 16. Iskra Literary Success 18. Organizational Build-Up 19. The Second Congress 20. The War with Japan 21. The Revolution of 1905 22. The Hero at Home 23. The Hero Abroad 24. Amour 25. Return to Struggle 26. Pravda 27. Deployment for War 28. Malinovsky 29. War is Coming 30. War 31. Revolutionizing 32. Contacts with Austria 33. Contacts with Germany 34. Lenin Realizes His Power 35. The Throne Collapses 36. The Sealed Car 37. Sudden Prominence 38. Accusation of Treason 39. In Hiding 40. The Armed Uprising 41. Chief of Government 42. The Destruction of Democracy 43. The Shameful Peace 44. The Grind of Government 45. Murder 46. Lenin is Shot 47. The World Revolution Aborts 48. The Polish War 49. The End of Love 50. The Dogma Weakens 51. On the Extreme Right Wing 52. Sickness and Terrorism 53. The Testament 54. The Break with Stalin 55. A Suicide Plan? 56. A Bombshell 57. The Third Stroke 58. Isolation and Despair 59. Death 60. Autopsy 61. Medical Murder? 62. Psychological Murder? 63. Burial 64. Transfiguration