|Wigless and humourless: Lenin about to be unleashed|
He was just always in a massive strop, apparently. And nasty - he was on the way to being a massive killer in the same way Stalin was, but died early. And a coward - as his comrades ran to a fight, he chickened out, claiming that leadership needed to be protected. All of this is according to Sebestyen. It's difficult disagree.
Whether you agree with the humbling of Lenin's legacy or not, the constant digs got on my nerves. I like to read between the lines to make up my mind about a tyrant. Simon Sebag Montefiore is really good at this sort of thing in Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar.
But overall, it's a fascinating look at a rather peculiar person who, against all the odds, set up the massive empire; and which only fell apart 70 years later. If Lenin hadn't been wearing that wig, it might have all been very different.