If anyone believes that our smiles involve abandonment of the teaching of Marx, Engels and Lenin he deceives himself. Those who wait for that must wait until a shrimp learns to whistle… Nikita Khrushchev


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Conspirator : Lenin in exile  Helen Rappaport  New York : Basic Books, c 2010  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. viii, 384 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 321-369) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG 

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In Conspirator, Russian historian Helen Rappaport narrates the compelling story of Lenin’s life and political activities in the years leading up to the revolution years that were spent constantly on the move in and around Europe in the company of his loyal and long suffering wife Nadezhda Krupskaya. As he scuttled between the glittering capital cities of Europe – from London and Munich to Vienna and Prague – Lenin found support among fellow emigres and revolutionaries in the underground movement. He came to lead a ring of conspirators, many of whom would give their lives in service to his schemes.

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A riveting account of Lenin’s little-known early life, Conspirator tracks in gripping detail the formation of one of the great revolutionaries of the twentieth century. Conspirator strips away the arid politics of Lenin’s official life and reveals the real man, as well as describing his many conflicts both personal and political with those who shared his exile. It presents in researched detail an accessible side to the traditional story which puts his personal struggle for change in Russia into the wider context of the movement as a whole. It also looks at the loyal circle of women who unquestioningly supported Lenin, at Russian lives in the enclaves of the cities in which they lived and the risks taken in support of Lenin’s vision by the wider network of Russian revolutionaries in the underground movement, both at home and abroad.

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