This is one of those books that has been sitting around my house for many years. For whatever reason, I decided to pick it up and give it a go. I’ve been working on getting through this one a little longer than anticipated. The subject matter is dense to say the least. I thought it would be a little easier since I had at least a passing understanding of Marxism. This book went much deeper into both Marxism and Leninism than I ever expected.
Generally speaking this book was as much a history lesson on the making of Vladimir Lenin as it was a deep dive into Leninism. It thoroughly explained not only the historical context in which Leninism was born, but also the changes it went through. This was especially interesting when looking at the post revolutionary years. I would recommend this book for anyone that wants something more than a Wikipedia level understanding of Leninism.
For those interested, here’s the high-level table of contents.
- Lenin before Leninism
- The Revolution of 1905
- The Disintegration of Social Democracy and the Genesis of Leninism
- Revolution in Russia
- Imperialism and the Death Throes of Capitalism
- Politics and the State
- Party, Class and Consciousness
- Nationalism and Internationalism
- A Philosophy of Certainty: Dialectical Materialism
- Leninism and Stalinism