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The genre of popular history when applied to biography has certain clear drawbacks, and in Helen Rappaport's "Conspirator: Lenin in Exile", these are all in evidence. Read morePublished 19 months ago by M. A. Krul
Helen Rappaport's book on Lenin's years in exile is a wonderful, fulfilling book.
It is one of the best books I've read on modern history, well on a par with... Read more
I often wonder, when reading historical biographies, whether it is the person who creates the events or the events that create the person. Read morePublished on March 22, 2011 by Andrew Desmond
What makes this more than just a biographical homage to Lenin is that it's truly the story of Vladimir Ilych Ulyanov and the man who became Lenin. Read morePublished on March 15, 2011 by Grey Wolffe
Most people's mental picture of Lenin resembles those ubiquitous statues that used to dominate every city and town in the Soviet bloc: indomitable and impenetrable. Read morePublished on February 27, 2011 by John D. Cofield
Helen Rapaport's entertaining and detailed account of Lenin's years of exile provides a detailed account of a fanatic whose crackpot ideas caused the death of millions of his... Read morePublished on November 26, 2010 by The Pen
His real name was Vladamir Ulyanov. He came from provincial Russia. His father was a school inspector and could have stepped out of the pages of a Chekhov story or play. Read morePublished on July 2, 2010 by C. M Mills
Far from being the father of the Russian Revolution, Lenin was the black sheep of the family. Through relentless pursuit of his own agenda he effectively put a brake on the... Read morePublished on April 10, 2010 by John R. Barham
One of the great things about a new Helen Rappaport book, is that you have a historian who is very thorough and who does not get bogged down with dates or re-printing entire... Read morePublished on March 27, 2010 by Charles