In his book Lenin: How to Become a Leader, Vladlen Loginov, one of Russia’s leading authorities on Vladimir Lenin, discusses the revolutionary leader’s early years, his family, his political awakening and subsequent activities.
He reveals the beginnings of the creator of the world’s first socialist country, as well as the source of the future statesman’s incredible willpower, his ability to influence people, his drive to succeed and his leadership qualities. All of these, the book demonstrates, were intrinsic to Lenin’s character from a young age.
In his research, Loginov uses new sources and previously unknown documents and memoirs, as well as archives of Russians in exile.
Edited and introduced by Professor Geoffrey Swain.
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Endorsements and Review Quotes
“[T]th lesson of this fluent, readable translation of Loginov’s 2005 Russian-language biography of the young Vladimir Ulyanov is that the making of Lenin was all about the context. […] Yet this is no iconoclastic study, but instead a sympathetic, sensitive and deeply knowledgeable account […]. Despite his modest aims, Loginov’s research certainly aids explanation of the making of Lenin.” Lara Douds, Slavic Review
“It is an admiring account of the coming of age of an intelligent and disciplined striver who had deliberately thrown away the chance at a promising career and who, surprisingly, in the last half of his life upended the entire world.” Robert Mayer, The Russian Review
“Reading oft‐used sources against the grain, Loginov attempts to clear away the accumulated layers of misunderstanding that have built up around Lenin following a century of ‘over‐politicisation of his image’ by admirers and detractors alike”. Robert H. Greene, Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society (JSPPS)
“I thoroughly enjoyed reading this new book, in its excellent and highly readable translation by Lewis White.” Bill Bowring, SCRSS Digest
“So how do you become a leader? Talent, singlemindedness, determination and hard work emerge here. Many would add ‘luck’ or even ‘the support of devoted women’. Loginov’s account is inclined to suggest an almost pre-ordained progress to power. Be that as it may, this is a sympathetic and meticulous contribution to the vast field of Lenin studies.” Kate Pursglove, East–West Review