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The Revolution Besieged
Lenin 1917 - 1923 (Vol. 3)
The last installment of Tony Cliff's biography of Russian revolutionary V.I. Lenin, available for the first time in the U.S.

When Vladimir Lenin and the Bolshevik party led the first successful workers revolution in history, they were under no illusions that their work was finished with the overthrow of capitalism in Russia. As the fledgling workers' state was gripped by a civil war, the revolution's leaders remained steadfast in their commitment to spreading their successes across all of Europe.

Tony Cliff (1917–2000) spent his life developing revolutionary Marxism against Stalinism. From his early days as a revolutionary in British-occupied Palestine to the high points of struggle in post-war Britain, Cliff worked to restore lost ideas and traditions and fan the flames of resistance.

Other books by Tony Cliff

  • Party and Class

    These essays show why we need something more than single-issue organizations, movement coalitions, if we are to achieve real change.
  • Russia

    In the Russian revolution of 1917, workers took control of a major country for the first time in history.
  • All Power to the Soviets


    Tony Cliff was a lifelong organizer within the international socialist movement. His groundbreaking work established the unique interpretation of...
  • Building the Party

    The Russian Revolution of 1917 was one of the pivotal events in world history, and the Russian Bolshevik Party played a central role in that...