Magazine March 19, 2018, Issue

Founder of the Evil Empire

Lenin: The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror, by Victor Sebestyen (Pantheon, 592 pp., $35)

Since the fall of Communism in the Soviet Union and its client states, major biographies of Stalin have appeared, as well as books dealing with the Soviet Union during that brutal tyrant’s rule. Somehow, scholars have gravitated toward exploring the nature of the totalitarian state Stalin ran but have paid relatively less attention to the founder of the Soviet state, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, known by his adopted name of Lenin.

The absence of a post-Soviet Lenin biography has finally been corrected, with this brilliant and compelling portrait of the Soviet state’s founder by Victor Sebestyen, a Hungarian-born journalist and historian now …

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Ronald Radosh — Mr. Radosh, an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute and a contributing opinion columnist at the Daily Beast, is a co-author of Spain Betrayed: The Soviet Union in the Spanish Civil War and the author of Commies: A Journey through the Old Left, the New Left and the Leftover Left.

In This Issue



Books, Arts & Manners


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The Week

The Week

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The Wuhan Lab Cover-Up

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