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Lenin's Moscow
Engaging, page-turning first hand account of the promise of the Russian Revolution.
When Alfred Rosmer arrived in Russia in 1919 it was considered by millions to be the center of world revolution. It was also a society beleaguered by civil war and encircled by hostile powers seeking to snuff out the promise and potential the first successful workers’ revolution represented. It was in this context that revolutionaries from across the globe undertook the creation of the Communist International, hoping to forge an instrument to fan the flames of the struggle against global capitalism.

In this gripping political memoir of his time in Moscow, Rosmer draws on his unique perspective as both a delegate to the Comintern—and as a member of its Executive Committee—to paint a stunning and inspiring picture of the early years of Soviet rule. From the debates sparked by the publication of Lenin’s State and Revolution and Left-Wing Communism to the efforts of the International to extend its influence beyond Europe with the Congress of the Peoples of the East in Baku, Rosmer documents key developments with an unparalleled clarity of vision and offers invaluable insights.
  • "Rosmer's book should be on the shelf of every militant."
    —Christopher Hitchens

    “Lenin’s Moscow remains a vital primary source for historians of the International, written by a
    participant witness. Rosmer’s account is clear and unpretentious, and can also serve as an introduction for those beginning to study the subject. Rosmer’s narrative sets the debates in
    their historical context, making us aware of the danger of repeating quotations from Lenin
    or Trotsky torn from the circumstances in which they were originally made.”
    —Ian Birchall, from the new preface

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