Lenin on the Train

Lenin on the Train

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A meticulously researched account of Lenin's fateful rail journey across Europe to Petrograd, where he ignited the Russian revolution and forever changed the world. In the early spring of 1917, as the First World War stretched on and Tsar Nicholas II's abdication sent shock waves across Europe, the future leader of the Bolshevik revolution, Vladimir Lenin, was far away, exiled in Zurich. When the news reached him, Lenin immediately resolved to return to Petrograd and lead the revolt. But to get there, he would have to cross Germany, which meant accepting help from the deadliest of Russia's adversaries. The German government, however, saw in Lenin's plight an opportunity to sow further confusion in an increasingly chaotic Russia and arranged for Lenin and a small group of extremists to make the journey in a sealed railway car. Now, drawing on eyewitness testimonies and wartime archives, renowned historian Catherine Merridale provides a riveting account of this enormously consequential journey as well as the underground conspiracy and subterfuge that went into making it happen. Writing with insight and formidable intelligence, she brings to life a world of counterespionage and intrigue, wartime desperation, illicit finance, and misguided utopianism. When Lenin arrived at Petrograd's now-famous Finland Station, he delivered an explosive address to the impassioned crowds. It was the moment when the Russian revolution became Soviet--and a system of tyranny and faith was born that would transform the international political climate.
Publisher: New York, New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781627793018
1627793011
Branch Call Number: 947.084 L56me
Characteristics: xi, 353 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm

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uncommonreader
May 20, 2018

An interesting narrative history.

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donkeyhote
Feb 11, 2018

I would not believe everything this book says. Does it make use of English and American archives too, to try tell the "truth?" If you want to have a complete picture of how Lenin's commi revolution came by, read the following books as well: Anthony Sutton - Wall Street And The Bolshevik Revolution" and Ted Flynn - "Hope Of The Wicked." Lenin went from London thru Switzerland and Germany to Russia in a sealed train. OK, who were there with him in that train? (200 British Agents). Who taught Lenin what to do in Russia? English bankers. Who financed Lenin's revolution? Wall street bankers, including Averill Harriman, who later on was sent to Stalin's Russia as Ambassador of the USA. Who guarded the Trans-Siberian railway in 1919 against Japanese attacks? American soldiers (see Anthony Sutton's book). Communism was not the invention of Lenin. First there was the Paris Commune in 1789-1793, then English bankers hired Karl Marx in 1840 to write down the communist/anti-capitalist theory, and then came Lenin in 1905 and 1917. The West was very much involved in creating Communism in Russia, whereas they were allies of Russia in WW1. And who financed the Japanese to attack Russia in the Far East? The Americans (read Ted Flynn's book). One thing this book here tells is true: history is a tangle of plots, and the public never knows what is really happening, and what is its purpose. So, read those book of Sutton and Ted Flynn and create an approximate picture in your logical mind. By the way, if the Germans wanted to screw up Russia (their enemy), thereby getting rid of the Eastern Front successfully, then they should have won WW1. But instead, their Emperor held up his hands and said: "we lost." So, why did the West helped create Communism, to help their "enemies" (Germany) by screwing up Russia (their ally)? Well, there is the "rub," the hidden purpose for the longer run (divide and conquer, and rearrange the world).

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richibi
Feb 08, 2018

this engrossing story reads like a novel, about a train ride, however apparently trivial, that profoundly changed history, a pivot for everything globally that consequently occurred - entirely, and even importantly, worth reading, a history most of us have wondered about but have never known

multcolib_susannel Oct 16, 2017

After all the double agents are done it is amazing the train carried Lenin anywhere at all!
Author made good use of recently opened Russian archive.

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reedstevens
Aug 17, 2017

Here's how the world really turns. If you want to know how revolutions begin and the kinds of mayhem we are experiencing right here under the Trump administration, start with Lenin right here on page one. Too heavy to read in bed there's a lot of background information in "Train" but worth staying up to read. A graduate seminar on any political movement.

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