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Conspirator : Lenin in exile /
Helen Rappaport.
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New York : Basic Books, c2010.
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viii, 384 p. : ill.
ISBN
9780465013951
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New York : Basic Books, c2010.
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9780465013951
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Introduction: Shlisselburg Fortress, 1887 -- Leaving Shushenskoe : Siberia, January 1900 -- Igniting the spark : Munich, 1900-1901 -- Konspiratsiya : Russia, 1901-1902 -- Becoming Lenin : Munich, 1902 -- Dr. and Mrs. Richter : London, 1902-1903 -- "The dirty squabble abroad" : Geneva-Brussels-London-Geneva, April to December, 1903 -- "Strong talk and weak tea" : Geneva, January-December 1904 -- "On the eve of barricades" : St. Petersburg and Geneva, January-November 1905 -- Stolypin's neckties : Russia and Finland, December 1905-April 1907 -- "The congress of undesirables" : London, May-June, 1907 -- On thin ice : Finland-Geneva-Capri-London, December 1907-December 1908 -- "Why the hell did we go to Paris?" : Paris, January 1909-December 1910 -- Inessa : Paris-Prague-Paris, January 1911-June 1912 -- "Almost Russia" : Kraków-Biały-Dunajec-Poronin, June 1912-August 1914 -- A Russian spy in Galicia : Biały-Dunajec-Nowy Targ, August 1914 -- "This damned Switzerland" : Berne, September 1914-February 1916 -- "One fighting campaign after another" : Zurich, February 1916-April 1917 -- From the Spiegelgasse to the Finland Station : Zurich-Petrograd, March-April 1917 -- Epilogue: Goodbye Lenin.
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7068693
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2010-01-18:
Russia-specialist Rappaport (The Last Days of the Romanovs) has created a wonderfully thorough and highly interesting account of V.I. Lenin's purposeful wanderings in Europe before the Russian revolution. Lenin emerges as the quintessential fanatic, convinced of his own infallibility as a messiah of Marxism. Charismatic and driven, he captivates individuals and seizes control of the "Bolshevik" wing of the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party. Viewing himself as the embodiment of revolution, Lenin established underground operations in Munich, Geneva, London, Paris, and numerous other locations while feuding with anyone who dared question his approach ("We won't permit the idea of unity [with the Mensheviks] to tie a noose around our necks," he said). His stoically loyal wife, Nadezhda Krupskaya provided her "Volodya" with constant support as he imposed his will on the Bolsheviks and, ultimately, on an entire nation. Too much attention is given to Lenin's affair with the beautiful, tragic Inessa Armand, but, on the other hand, some may find poetic justice in reading that Lenin very likely died of syphilis. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Choice on 2011-01-01:
Lenin's first 47 years, preparatory for power and the establishment of socialist order, are the subject of this volume. In a way, this book is a miracle because had the author lived in a former Soviet country, where works on Lenin are recycled by the ton, her manuscript most likely would have ended up at a paper mill instead of a publisher. Among the available biographies, this one aims to appeal to an audience of broadly educated rather than just professional historians and those that scholars used to call "Soviet hands." Rappaport's dominating theme is Lenin's bent for conspiracy and will to power. The new information that the author has garnered from the previously closed archives does not change the basic structure of Lenin's life, nor provide Rappaport with a new interpretive viewpoint. Instead of being a political saga, as have been most previous Lenin biographies, the fangs are missing in this one; it has become a story of obsession. Well written and researched, with a full and workable bibliography. Summing Up: Recommended. Academic and public libraries, all levels. A. Ezergailis Ithaca College
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Booklist "Rappaport delivers a vital restoration of the real Lenin." Russian Life "The period of Lenin's life when he wandered Europe, impoverished and isolated, prior to the 1917 revolution is recounted in fascinating detail in this new book… This volume contributes immensely to our understanding of how Lenin forged his cadre, his leadership style and the worldview that all came to be so brutally reflected in the oppressive state he founded." Kirkus "Remini revisits the Compromise of 1850 as an important, cautionary tale for today…. [He] skillfully presents the debates by the Great Triumvirate Clay, John C. Calhoun and Daniel Webster and decides that Clay's compromise ultimately saved the Union by allowing the North ten years to prepare for war and to nourish the great leader it needed Abraham Lincoln. A fresh look at the value of compromise in advancing the general interest."
Booklist "Rappaport delivers a vital restoration of the real Lenin." Russian Life "The period of Lenin's life when he wandered Europe, impoverished and isolated, prior to the 1917 revolution is recounted in fascinating detail in this new book… This volume contributes immensely to our understanding of how Lenin forged his cadre, his leadership style and the worldview that all came to be so brutally reflected in the oppressive state he founded." Kirkus "Remini revisits the Compromise of 1850 as an important, cautionary tale for today…. [He] skillfully presents the debates by the Great Triumvirate Clay, John C. Calhoun and Daniel Webster and decides that Clay's compromise ultimately saved the Union by allowing the North ten years to prepare for war and to nourish the great leader it needed Abraham Lincoln. A fresh look at the value of compromise in advancing the general interest." Seattle Times "[A]n excellent account of Lenin's formative years as a political exile from tsarist Russia that evokes the desperate scene of the European radical underground with nuance and in engaging detail…. Rappaport handles her subject with admirable objectivity, which makes the image of Lenin that emerges all the more damning." Foreign Affairs "Never before have [Lenin's] mind, habits, quirks, and passions been so well portrayed as in this book…. The events of these years have been recounted a thousand times, but Rappaport penetrates beyond them by trailing after Lenin, his utterly devoted wife, Nadezhda Krupskaya, and the sundry young Russian revolutionaries who collected about him in an endless succession of one-room furnitureless apartments, makeshift meeting places, and furtive printing centers." Richmond Times-Dispatch "Helen Rappaport, in Conspirator, vividly describes the years that Nikolai Lenin, one of the century's leading monsters, responsible for the reign of terror and the Gulag, spent in exile. Though the outcome the Communist takeover of Russia is familiar, Rappaport maintains such narrative tension that it does not seem certain.… [A] readable and always intelligent account of one of history's most infamous monsters." Washington Times "A well-written and…painstakingly researched story." Choice "Instead of being a political saga, as have been most previous Lenin biographies, the fangs are missing in this o≠ it has become a story of obsession. Well written and researched, with a full and workable bibliography…. Recommended."
Booklist “Rappaport delivers a vital restoration of the real Lenin.” Russian Life “The period of Lenin’s life when he wandered Europe, impoverished and isolated, prior to the 1917 revolution is recounted in fascinating detail in this new book& This volume contributes immensely to our understanding of how Lenin forged his cadre, his leadership style and the worldview that all came to be so brutally reflected in the oppressive state he founded.” Kirkus “Remini revisits the Compromise of 1850 as an important, cautionary tale for today&. [He] skillfully presents the debates by the Great Triumvirate – Clay, John C. Calhoun and Daniel Webster – and decides that Clay’s compromise ultimately saved the Union by allowing the North ten years to prepare for war and to nourish the great leader it needed – Abraham Lincoln. A fresh look at the value of compromise in advancing the general interest.” Seattle Times “[A]n excellent account of Lenin’s formative years as a political exile from tsarist Russia that evokes the desperate scene of the European radical underground with nuance and in engaging detail&. Rappaport handles her subject with admirable objectivity, which makes the image of Lenin that emerges all the more damning.” Foreign Affairs “Never before have [Lenin’s] mind, habits, quirks, and passions been so well portrayed as in this book&. The events of these years have been recounted a thousand times, but Rappaport penetrates beyond them by trailing after Lenin, his utterly devoted wife, Nadezhda Krupskaya, and the sundry young Russian revolutionaries who collected about him in an endless succession of one-room furnitureless apartments, makeshift meeting places, and furtive printing centers.” Richmond Times-Dispatch “Helen Rappaport, in Conspirator, vividly describes the years that Nikolai Lenin, one of the century’s leading monsters, responsible for the reign of terror and the Gulag, spent in exile. Though the outcome – the Communist takeover of Russia – is familiar, Rappaport maintains such narrative tension that it does not seem certain.& [A] readable and always intelligent account of one of history’s most infamous monsters.” Washington Times “A well-written and&painstakingly researched story.” Choice “Instead of being a political saga, as have been most previous Lenin biographies, the fangs are missing in this o≠ it has become a story of obsession. Well written and researched, with a full and workable bibliography&. Recommended.”
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Publishers Weekly, January 2010
Wall Street Journal, February 2010
Booklist, March 2010
Choice, January 2011
Washington Post, June 2012
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Summaries
Main Description
The father of Communist Russia, Vladimir Ilych Lenin now seems to have emerged fully formed in the turbulent wake of World War I and the Russian Revolution. But Lenin's character was in fact forged much earlier, over the course of years spent in exile, constantly on the move, and in disguise. In Conspirator, Russian historian Helen Rappaport narrates the compelling story of Lenin's life and political activities in the years leading up to the revolution. As he scuttled between the glittering capital cities of Europe - from London and Munich to Vienna and Prague - Lenin found support among fellow emigres and revolutionaries in the underground movement. He came to lead a ring of conspirators, many of whom would give their lives in service to his schemes. A riveting account of Lenin's little-known early life, Conspirator tracks in gripping detail the formation of one of the great revolutionaries of the twentieth century.
Main Description
The father of Communist Russia, Vladimir Ilych Lenin now seems to have emerged fully formed in the turbulent wake ofWorldWar I and the Russian Revolution. But Lenin's character was in fact forged much earlier, over the course of years spent in exile, constantly on the move, and in disguise. In Conspirator , Russian historian Helen Rappaport narrates the compelling story of Lenin's life and political activities in the years leading up to the revolution. As he scuttled between the glittering capital cities of Europe--from London and Munich to Vienna and Prague--Lenin found support among fellow emigres and revolutionaries in the underground movement. He came to lead a ring of conspirators, many of whom would give their lives in service to his schemes. A riveting account of Lenin's little-known early life, Conspirator tracks in gripping detail the formation of one of the great revolutionaries of the twentieth century.
Main Description
The father of Communist Russia, Vladimir Ilych Lenin now seems to have emerged fully formed in the turbulent wake ofWorldWar I and the Russian Revolution. But Lenin's character was in fact forged much earlier, over the course of years spent in exile, constantly on the move, and in disguise.InConspirator, Russian historian Helen Rappaport narrates the compelling story of Lenin's life and political activities in the years leading up to the revolution. As he scuttled between the glittering capital cities of Europefrom London and Munich to Vienna and PragueLenin found support among fellow emigres and revolutionaries in the underground movement. He came to lead a ring of conspirators, many of whom would give their lives in service to his schemes.A riveting account of Lenin's little-known early life,Conspiratortracks in gripping detail the formation of one of the great revolutionaries of the twentieth century.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Shlisselburg Fortress, 1887p. 1
Leaving Shushenskoep. 9
Igniting the Sparkp. 27
Konspiratsiyap. 45
Becoming Leninp. 61
Dr. and Mrs. Richterp. 69
"The Dirty Squabble Abroad"p. 87
"Strong Talk and Weak Tea"p. 101
"On the Eve of Barricades"p. 117
Stolypin's Necktiesp. 137
"The Congress of Undesirables"p. 151
On Thin Icep. 171
"Why the Hell Did We Go to Paris?"p. 189
Inessap. 207
"Almost Russia"p. 225
A Russian Spy in Galiciap. 245
"This Damned Switzerland"p. 257
"One Fighting Campaign After Another"p. 269
From the Spiegelgasse to the Finland Stationp. 283
Epilogue: Good-bye Leninp. 303
Acknowledgmentsp. 317
Notesp. 321
Bibliographyp. 357
Indexp. 371
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