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Post 22 Jul 2008, 00:24
Hello


I'm sure there is a post somewhere already, and if there is, please, post a link to it. But i was hoping someone could point me towards some books writen by Lenin, perhaps with a biref descrip of it (nothing major, a setence of two)

Any help with be helpful. Thank you
Post 22 Jul 2008, 00:41
Post 22 Jul 2008, 16:54
Don't bother to read What is to be Done. It's just... strange and boring. I've heard State and Revolution is pretty good and it's supposed to sum up Leninism pretty well.

Very interesting to read is also his works published during the Zimmerwald Conference. It tells you about the stances of Lenin and his allies towards the first World War and Imperialism in general. It's one of the opinions of Lenin I agree wholeheartedly with.

But me telling you about Lenin is not exactly non-biased as I'm not a Leninist myself.
Post 22 Jul 2008, 17:05
I like marx2mao.com because the guy who transcribed it included the page numbers from LCW. Easier for citation.
Post 24 Jul 2008, 22:01
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Don't bother to read What is to be Done. It's just... strange and boring. I've heard State and Revolution is pretty good and it's supposed to sum up Leninism pretty well.

True. Lenin's best work was when his theories were being tested, proven or broken in the revolutionary period. "State and Revolution" is superb. "What is to be done" is pretty boring.
Post 25 Jul 2008, 12:34
kk thanks


I've heard abotu State and Revolution on here before as well, sounds pretty awesome
Post 25 Jul 2008, 15:30
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I've heard abotu State and Revolution on here before as well, sounds pretty awesome


In my edition of Kritik des Gothaer Programms (Marx) there is an excerpt of State and Revolution (which is typical for books published during the 40s and 50s, they're full of Lenin and Stalin praise) and I've got to admit it is pretty interesting.
It's just the defining work of Leninism, it's his Manifesto, his Quotations.
Post 25 Jul 2008, 21:33
If you're interested, I've posted a copy of Left Wing Communism on scribd.com
Post 25 Jul 2008, 23:37
awesome thank you very much
Post 13 Mar 2009, 05:09
In my opinion, State and Revolution is the most important piece Lenin wrote, and it's one of my all time favorite works.

Basically, Lenin describes what the state is, why it must be smashed, and what should come after the Revolution.

http://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/w ... /staterev/
Post 13 Mar 2009, 05:13
But isn't What is to be Done the guidelines of Bolshevism? I actually have yet to get through it.
Post 13 Mar 2009, 05:19
To be honest Kraken, What is to be done was a big disappointment for me. The guy who "brought me into the Left" told me that instead of being a handbook for overthrowing capitalism, it's about what Lenin and his friends ought to do in early 1900s Russia, which turns out to be "the establishment of an all Russian newspaper." He was spot on, and although some of the principles are certainly useful, the book itself doesn't belong on my top shelf like State and Revolution. It's just to specific to 1900s Russia and has too many names/dates to look up lol.
Post 15 Mar 2009, 05:12
"What Is To Be Done" isn't particuarly useful to a modern revolutionary, it's true. Almost all of the relevant topics covered in WITBD are covered in more detail, and in far better language (although maybe that's a translation thing) in Left Wing Communism: An Infantile Disorder. The key difference is in WITBD Lenin is looking forward and speculating about the best strategy for the socialists to pursue; in Left Wing Communism Lenin is looking back at what actually made the Bolsheviks and the Russian Revolution successful.
Post 17 Sep 2009, 08:03
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Very good reading & interesting link! Thank you!
Post 17 Sep 2009, 16:25
There is also the shift in Lenin's theory that came after 1914 as the result of seeing the behavior of social-democrats that acted as a brake towards the revolution.
Post 02 Oct 2009, 07:50
I believe this writing is very relevant, in today's American economy.

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism
II. BANKS AND THEIR NEW ROLE


http://www.marx.org/archive/lenin/works/1916/imp-hsc/ch02.htm
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