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The Dilemmas of Lenin: Terrorism, War, Empire, Love, Revolution Hardcover – April 25, 2017
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“Ali encourages the reader to take a fresh look at Lenin’s choices in the context of a repressive autocracy, the poverty and misery of the bulk of the population under tsarism and the industrialised slaughter of the first world war. What underpins his book is the view that October was an ‘innocent and utopian birth’ that was subsequently ‘twisted’ into Stalinism by three devastating years of civil war.”
—Daniel Beer, Guardian
“[The Dilemmas of Lenin] aims to rescue Lenin from both liberal caricature and Soviet hagiography by recovering the realism and dynamism of his political thought.”
—David Sessions, New Republic
“Reading this book on your vacation will make your life better and your mind broader.”
“A powerful tool for those wanting to understand the real Lenin and therefore the real politics behind those revolutionaries who fought so hard but ultimately failed in their goal.”
—Lindsey German, Counterfire
About the Author
Tariq Ali has written more than two-dozen books on world history and politics—the most recent of which are The Clash of Fundamentalisms, The Obama Syndrome and The Extreme Centre—as well as the novels of his Islam Quintet and scripts for the stage and screen. He is a long-standing member of the editorial committee of New Left Review and lives in London.
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" The Dilemmas of Lenin" succeeds in both Enlightening and Clarifying Lenin's ongoing importance , for both " Students and Newcomers to Lenin's importance as a " Domenica " of Political Thought.
The work itself is scholarly-like with footnote citations where necessary yet not overly inudating with stale self-laudation that is typical of a ivory tower tenants.
In the spirit of Antonio Negri this work is necessary in todays ideologically sterile world. Empty consumerism can be juxtaposed on the 1970's. The Brigate Rosse, German anarcho leftist guerrillas FORCING the state apparatus to address working class people. We must return to ideology.
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Oh well, this one goes into the dustbin.