Vladimir Lenin Henry M. Christman
- Title: Essential Works of Lenin: "What Is to Be Done?" and Other Writings
- Author: Vladimir Lenin Henry M. Christman
- ISBN: 9780486253336
- Page: 373
- Format: Paperback
Among the most influential political and social forces of the 20th century, modern communism rests firmly on philosophical, political and economic underpinnings developed by Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, later known as Lenin In this volume, comprising the four works generally considered his most important publications, Lenin presents the goals and tactics of communism with remAmong the most influential political and social forces of the 20th century, modern communism rests firmly on philosophical, political and economic underpinnings developed by Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, later known as Lenin In this volume, comprising the four works generally considered his most important publications, Lenin presents the goals and tactics of communism with remarkable directness and forcefulness.His first major work was The Development of Capitalism in Russia, written in prison after Lenin had been arrested for anti government activities in 1895 Represented here by key sections, the book developed a number of crucial concepts, including the significance of the industrial proletariat as a revolutionary base What Is to Be Done , long regarded as the key manual of communist action, is presented complete, containing Lenin s famous dissection of the Western idea of the political party along with his own concept of a monolithic party organization devoted to achieving the goal of dictatorship of the proletariat Also presented complete is Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism, in which Lenin examines the final parasitic stage of capitalism Finally, this volume includes the complete text of The State and Revolution, Lenin s most significant work, in which he totally rejects the institution of Western democracy and presents his vision of the final perfection of communism.
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Essential reading for any Marxist-Leninist, especially in an era when Lenin is, even by leftists, regarded as a power-hungry evil genius. Given the general consensus about Lenin, I was very surprised (and almost underwhelmed*) that what Lenin advocates in this writing isn't a coup, or terrorism (in fact, he very deftly critiques terrorism) but a centralized newspaper which activists can use to agitate and inform and the creation of a political party composed of particularly talented activists to [...]
I read this book in 2005 during a class on Russian history and thoroughly enjoyed the translation. Lenin had some remarkable things to say about current class systems and distribution of wealth, and this book was very useful for understanding the specific conditions leading up to 1917.
Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the 20th century and beyond. With the benefit of hindsight Lenin's works are textbook examples of the road to hell being paved with good intentions. Below I've pasted a few of my favorite quotes from the essays in this collection, along with some snarky backchat (since I can do that now without getting a bullet in the back of the head).From “What is To Be Done?”[A]ll subservience to the spontaneity of the labor movement, all belittling of [...]
This translation (Dover) is cheap and functional (it's got all the major writings in it -- What is to be Done, State and Revolution, Imperialism, and excerpts from the early analysis of capitalism in Russia) but not very accurate. Lots of articles in the wrong places, awkward phrasing, etc. I'd only recommend it to those pressed for cash and surrounded by inferior used bookstores.Thankfully Lenin's prose remains scathing throughout.Read Lenin for a very clear expression of "anti-establishment" p [...]
I've actually read everything in this anthology except "What is to be done."
The Development of Capitalism in Russia: 4/5This was only portions of the full text, with the conclusions from Chapters 1 and 2 and Excerpts from Chapters 4, 6, and 7. These parts alone were very informative and I think reading the whole thing is worth it if you're interested in Russian history.What is to be Done?: 4/5Not sure if it was the translation but some portions felt awkward to read, the editor did include context for the first few chapters which was nice (although i'm not sure why they [...]
This was fine I guess. Certainly some good stuff in here. I found S&R to be the most readable of the bunch, but WITBD? is probably the most interesting (specially given his attack on identity politics in it. who knew?) where he made a reasonable argument for "vanguard" (though i'm still not convinced). Mostly though, I was struck how much of an asshole Lenin was. Geesh poor Kautsky and the other so-called opportunists and social-chauvinists!! whatever dude, you and your "majority" got your p [...]
Must read for anybody interested in Lenin or Marxism. I would advise reading The Communist Manifesto before hand for an introduction. Lenins political thought shaped the world on a level unseen before in history, and this book is the works which made up his thought. This book will likely change your life at least a little, due to his arguments, especially on imperialism seeming all too relevant today.
semacam teori untuk pelaksanaan revolusi dalam sudut pandan lenin sebagai seorang komunis. banyak yang ditulis lenin dalam buku ini menjadi semacam pedoman bahkan mungkin semacam sunnah (jika das kapital marx adalah kitab sucinya) bagi kaum komunis.
This book shows that the Soviet Union during the Cold War was not Lenin’s intention of how communism would work; Lenin had grand plans as laid out in this book. (Look to George Orwell’s masterpiece ‘Animal Farm’ to see that Lenin’s plan still would not actually work!)
I read Lenin's Books; very useful sources to learn 20. Century's beginning conditions of Russia and the World.
People should not have the right to question Soviet Communism, because Soviet Communism is a perfect system!
Lenin's manifesto that's as wrongheaded as it can be about economics and as right on about the path of Russia.
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