The Russian Revolution: A New History 1st Edition

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"Well-written, with new details from archival research used for vivid descriptions of key events..."
New York Times Book Review

"McMeekin success in offering a fresh take through inclusivity of contributing events...A well-written and rewarding read on the Russian Revolution's lasting historical import."
Library Journal

"With strong scholarly foundations and a riveting narrative, this book provides a broad survey of this tumultuous and fateful social transformation...This fluid work offers an overview of the revolution's wartime context."

Publishers Weekly

"A fresh history of the revolution...McMeekin refreshingly doesn't muddy the waters with too many characters, but he is thorough in his treatment, which is that much more interesting due to the wealth of information released following the downfall of the Soviet Union...McMeekin effectively shows how easily one man could undermine the foundations of a nation, and he makes the revolution comprehensible as he exposes the deviousness of its leader."―Kirkus Reviews

"[A] superb and eye-opening account of this important chapter in 20th century history that will be indispensable reading for those anxious to learn more about this seminal event and the aftershocks that followed.... The Russian Revolution is a carefully researched, well-written assessment of the complex and confusing events that did so much to shape the last century. McMeekin is a reliable guide to a complex story and the book moves seamlessly and clearly across a vast landscape of people and events."
Christian Science Monitor

"[A] powerful revisionist history... Sean McMeekin is a gifted writer with historical talents equal to the challenge of helping the reader to follow the events of the revolution and appreciate their terrible significance... And in a world menaced by new totalitarians, by political actors prepared to use conflict as a path to power, by states ready to use their money to suborn democracy elsewhere and by liberals often paralysed by in-fighting rather than united by principle, McMeekin's magisterial study repays careful reading."―Times (UK)

"It is a quarter of a century since Richard Pipes published his history of the Bolshevik seizure of power in the Russian empire, and twenty years since Orlando Figes's A People's Tragedy. Back then, in the wake of the Soviet collapse, those seemed definitive. But now comes Sean McMeekin with a vivid new account, drawing on fresh evidence and offering an original, geopolitical perspective. The full, shocking extent to which Lenin was a German operative now becomes clear, as does the magnitude of Kerensky's blunder in not finishing the Bolsheviks off before their "revolutionary defeatism" went viral. McMeekin writes muscular history. His Russian Revolution grips the reader."
Niall Ferguson, senior fellow, the Hoover Institution, Stanford

"Sean McMeekin's new history of the Russian Revolution is, as always with his work, dynamic, compelling, and revisionist, telling the familiar story with vigour, accessibility, and elan but ornamented with fascinating new archival revelations on, amongst other things, German funding of the Bolsheviks."
Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of The Romanovs

"The Tsar didn't fall, he wilted, and this briskly written, fresh take on the revolution sketches the process in poignant detail-orgies, vodka, Rasputin, pogroms, plots, and war on the Eastern Front. McMeekin's Lenin is more seedy than heroic, his Bolshevik victory an act of treason engineered by a German army that had stuffed a billion dollars in Lenin's pockets before the bourgeois exile mounted his first barricade in Petrograd."
Geoffrey Wawro, author of A Mad Catastrophe

"This is a book that we have been waiting for. The Russian Revolution is an enormous subject, and to write a short and authoritative book on it is very difficult indeed. Sean McMeekin brings many gifts to the task, not the least of which is that he can describe crowd scenes with immediacy. It should count as a classic."
Norman Stone, author of The Eastern Front 1914-1917

About the Author

Sean McMeekin is a professor of history at Bard College. The award-winning author of several books, including The Russian Revolution, July 1914, and The Ottoman Endgame, McMeekin lives in Red Hook, New York.

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Mr. M. Herbert
4.0 out of 5 stars Casts doubt on Lenins revolutionary motives.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 25, 2018
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best existing, far from definitive.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not new! not inspiring!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nuovi spunti interpretativi
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gabriel tortella
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelente exposición del siempre candente tema de la Revolución rusa,
Reviewed in Spain on February 19, 2018
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1.0 out of 5 stars Simple antibolshevik diatribe
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5.0 out of 5 stars レーニンと時代
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A People’s Tragedy: How the German Imperial Government Engineered the October Revolution & Unleashed Communism on the World
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3.0 out of 5 stars New insights but a difficult read
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2.0 out of 5 stars On the surface well written, but with caveats
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5.0 out of 5 stars Herr Lenin's Game
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