Lenin's Brother: The Origins Of The October Revolution by Philip PomperLenin's Brother: The Origins Of The October Revolution by Philip Pomper

Lenin's Brother: The Origins Of The October Revolution

byPhilip Pomper

Hardcover | April 21, 2016

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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 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.
Philip Pomper is the William F. Armstrong Professor of History at Wesleyan University. He has written and edited nine books, including The Russian Intelligentsia. He lives in Middletown, Connecticut.
Title:Lenin's Brother: The Origins Of The October RevolutionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.15 inPublished:April 21, 2016Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393070794

ISBN - 13:9780393070798


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unknown Revolutionary This book is good if you are looking for some background to why Lenin became the way he was and to the origins of the Russian revolution. It is quite a small book and could have had more content.
Date published: 2017-04-01

Editorial Reviews

“[A] richly contextualized and highly readable biography.... This work deserves a wide readership, from serious students and scholars of revolutionary Russia to enthusiasts of biography or psychohistory.” — Library Journal

“A little-known episode from the Russian past illuminates some of its most significant events.... An evenhanded, complex, fascinating historical analysis.” — Kirkus Reviews