Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov was a modest, middle-class boy from the sticks who grew up to become a violent revolutionary and ultimately the dictator of a totalitarian state. The story of how Lenin became Lenin is a fascinating one, and it forms a major theme in the essential new biography of the man from noted author Victor Sebestyen. We spoke to Sebestyen about Lenin’s own history and its connection to the fate of his country.
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Victor Sebestyen is an award-winning historian and the author of Lenin: The Man, The Dictator, the Master of Terror.