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"Moving, deeply thoughtful . . . Revel in the glorious spectacle of the failure of Lenin's attempts to murder art, history, and faith."--The Sunday Times (London)
"[Chamberlain] brings these forgotten figures back to life with great skill and empathy . . . making a strong case for the importance of their banishment as a turning point in the road from revolution to Communist tyranny."--The New York Times
"Infused with a deep understanding of the rich history of Russian thought . . . Less a study of the formation of the Soviet police state than a reflective, nuanced survey of the intelligentsia from the late 19th century to the outbreak of the Second World War."--The Seattle Times
"Chamberlain has put together a detailed account of a little-remembered but important episode of that consolidation. She has found new material that the fall of the Soviet Union has made available."--Associated Press
"A much-needed account, the only one in English, of this shameful moment in Russian history . . . Chamberlain refuses to just report. . . . She insists on making critical sense of her amorphous subject."--The Chronicle of Higher Education
"[Chamberlain] has not only honored the individuals so shabbily treated but has shone a spotlight on an important tradition of idealist philosophy so integral to Russian thinking, which Lenin could not, for all his efforts, quite extinguish."--The Washington Times
Books like the one that Leslie Chamberlain has written are always interesting, particularly now.
A book that helps one better understand the havoc created among the Russian intelligentsia by the Bolsheviks after the overthrow of the czar.
Now, without regards to the merits of communism, this is simply not how a scholarly non-fiction work should be written.
This magnificent book is an account - the first in English - of a little known episode in Russian History: the deportation in 1922 from the Soviet Union on two German steamers of... Read morePublished on November 10, 2012 by Ralph Blumenau
Some ancient Greek cities sent thinkers who did not cohere with what everybody else was thinking into exile. Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by Bruce P. Barten
This is a very interesting book, but probably not the last word on the topic. Leslie Chamberlain has collected a some very interesting stories regarding the opening salvo of the... Read morePublished on October 15, 2009 by M. A Newman
I bought this book because the topic sounded interesting, but was quickly disappointed after I started reading it. Read morePublished on April 23, 2009 by David Demaggio