Lenin's Brother: The Origins of the October Revolution

Lenin s Brother The Origins of the October Revolution In Alexander Ulyanov a brilliant biology student joined a small group of students at St Petersburg University to plot the assassination of Russia s tsar Known as Second First March for the dat

  • Title: Lenin's Brother: The Origins of the October Revolution
  • Author: Philip Pomper
  • ISBN: 9780393070798
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1886, Alexander Ulyanov, a brilliant biology student, joined a small group of students at St Petersburg University to plot the assassination of Russia s tsar Known as Second First March for the date of their action, this group failed disastrously in their mission, and its leaders, Alexander included, were executed History has largely forgotten Alexander, but for thIn 1886, Alexander Ulyanov, a brilliant biology student, joined a small group of students at St Petersburg University to plot the assassination of Russia s tsar Known as Second First March for the date of their action, this group failed disastrously in their mission, and its leaders, Alexander included, were executed History has largely forgotten Alexander, but for the most important consequence of his execution his younger brother, Vladimir, went on to lead the October Revolution of 1917 and head the new Soviet government under his revolutionary pseudonym Lenin Probing the Ulyanov family archives, historian Philip Pomper uncovers Alexander s transformation from ascetic student to terrorist, and the impact his fate had on Lenin Vividly portraying the psychological dynamics of a family that would change history, Lenin s Brother is a perspective changing glimpse into Lenin s formative years and his subsequent behavior as a revolutionary.

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    1. This book was very dry and kinda boring for what I thought it would be. I guess I shouldn't be too upset. I mean, it is a non-fiction book about the life of Lenin's brother and I knew that going into it. It's not like it tried to put itself off as something shocking and extraordinary. But I still kind of thought that it would be. I thought that it would have something special and would give some insight into LeninSO, I think the sub title is misleading. It says "The Origins of the October Revolu [...]

    2. Careful reconstruction of the Second March First cell of the People's Will--advanced science students using chemistry class to construct bombs saturated with strychnine, egged on by tubercular nihilists (and did the 19th century's TB rate grow a crop of suicide romantics?) and macho Cossacks. Of course, the Czar's secret police and ongoing fantastic luck foiled the plot and 15 students hanged--including Sasha Ulyanov, Lenin's strange, moody, obsessed older brother. Particularly good at untanglin [...]

    3. Philip Pomper has brought forward an interesting piece of history. At first you think it is merely a footnote, but when you finish the book, you realize that it is more. You come away with a new understanding of Lenin, his methods and his motivation.Lenin's older brother Alexander Ulyanov, Sasha to friends and family, earned honors as a scholar while participating in the Second March First plot to assassinate Tzar Alexander III on the anniversary of his father's assassination. The plot was clums [...]

    4. This book provides and interesting history. However, at places it gets bogged down more with the theory and philosophy of socialism and loses the the actual history. This makes it challenging to follow and frustrating at parts.

    5. Pomper's book is an historical -psychological study of a family. It is an insight into Russia before the 1917 revolution. The book includes a guide to the various names which is helpful in distinguishing the various characters for someone not familiar with Russian names and terminology.

    6. Pomper is a good, if uninspiring, writer whose style can make his content sound more thoughtful than it really is. He is lauded as a "psychological historian" on the book's jacket and, unfortunately, he is very much that. The book actually does a pretty good job of describing the general intellectual and political milieu of a late 19th century Russia where nihilism (which, in this context, merely denotes a militant, violent and self-destructive if necessary, dedication to secular progressivism) [...]

    7. after reading The Angel of Vengeance, i have to say i found this rather anti-climatic and a little dry. and as another reviewer commented, the tag "The Origins of the October Revolution, is a little misleading. i would say The Angel of Vengeance is a better choice for someone wanting to truly understand the 1860's and 70's in Russia and how the nihilist and radicals and terrorists activist set the stage for Lenin and the revolution. Lenin's Brother gives the reader a very good account of the Sec [...]

    8. This is a great book. It took me a little while to read this as I kept getting side tracked on the geography and biographies of Russians I had little or no knowledge of. The story of two brothers, one who attempted to assassinate the czar and one who succeeded, is absolutely captivating and well told. It is all too commonplace now to think that radicalism and terrorism exist elsewhere, places where there are more disenfranchised individuals than this. The story of these two brothers and the midd [...]

    9. A bit hard to follow with all the Russian Monikers, but very interesting. These people were a dry and dispassionate band of nihilists and terrorists. If Alexander III had left on time he might have been killed, but providence intervened. Too bad Alexander III hadn't sent the Lenins to Siberia!

    10. Watch Bethanne Patrick interview Philip Pomper about his new book “Lenin’s Brother” on The Book Studio.

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