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Critical Acclaim

The New York Times: Josef Joffe

on Lenin the Dictator

"Can first-rate history read like a thriller? With “Lenin: The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror,” the journalist Victor Sebestyen has pulled off this rarest of feats — down to the last of its 569 pages."

Tablet Magazine: David Mikics

on Lenin the Dictator

"Victor Sebestyen's engaging 'Lenin'...  helps explain why a century later the central amorality of the unfulfilled Utopian ideal is still with us"

The Guardian: Daniel Beer

on Lenin the Dictator

"Victor Sebestyen’s engagingly written biography…. hits its stride in the years of revolutionary upheaval; it captures all the drama of Lenin’s leadership against a background of imperial collapse, the ravages of war and the building of a dictatorship."

The Evening Standard: Saul David

on Lenin the Dictator

 

“In his excellent new biography, Lenin the Dictator, Victor Sebestyen adds... the human side of Lenin…”

The New Statesman: David Reynolds

on Lenin the Dictator

 

“Victor Sebestyen brings the man’s complexities to life in Lenin the Dictator, balancing personality with politics in succinct and readable prose.”

The Oldie: Margaret Macmillan

on Lenin the Dictator

 

"In this new biography, Victor Sebestyen gives a vivid and rounded picture of Lenin the man… he brings to the task a gift for narrative and for describing his rich cast of characters."

The Spectator: Roland Elliot Brown

on Lenin the Dictator

 

"Sebestyen demonstrates with memorable examples Lenin's  cold cynicism and easy recourse to terror and his seemingly pathological reliance on censorship and disinformation."

The Mail on Sunday: Francis Wheen

on Lenin the Dictator

 

‘“A richly readable new biography…enthralling.”   ​

Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar

on Lenin the Dictator

 

"Excellent, original and compelling portrait of Lenin as man and leader."

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​The Times: We're Reading...

on Revolution 1989

 

“Sharp focus and racy prose capture the events and decisions that fed into the growing turmoil across Eastern Europe as the East German regime crumbled.”

​Newsweek: Andrew Bast

on Revolution 1989

 

“A must-have account. Sebestyen's brilliantly written narrative unfolds in brief, gripping episodes.”

​The Daily Beast

on Revolution 1989

 

“Numerous books have [attempted] to synthesize the compelling story of the fall of communism, but Revolution 1989 comes closest to being the essential volume. Sebestyen’s elegant narrative lays out in crisp episodes what was happening . . . throughout the tumultuous 1980s.”

​ The Daily Mail: Philip Jacobson

on Revolution 1989

 

“Masterly handling of this complex and fast-moving story and its ever-changing cast.”

​Slate: Christopher Hitchens

on Revolution 1989

 

“A revealing account…..Sebestyen makes brilliantly effective use of archive material available since the collapse of the Berlin Wall.”

The Times: Michael Binyon

on Revolution 1989

 

“Sebestyen's strength is his sharp focus and racy prose... Here is history written like a Greek tragedy... In Revolution 1989 nothing is taken for granted until the last triumphant page. ”

New York Review of Books: Timothy Garton Ash

on Revolution 1989

 

“Vivid personal glimpses and striking details... Victor Sebestyen's book is full of sharp snapshots and crisp narrative.”

Evening Standard: Peter Bradshaw

on Revolution 1989

 

“Victor Sebestyen’s tremendous Revolution 1989 – a gripping account of how the Berlin Wall fell, taking Soviet Communism down with it. As a historian, Sebestyen is deeply immersed in his sources; as a journalist he tells a truly gripping tale.”

Daily Express: Christopher Sylvester

on Revolution 1989

 

“A thrilling read... Sebestyen is good at sketching the leading players but he also succinctly conveys what life was like for the ordinary citizens.”

The Independent: Mary Dejevsky

on Revolution 1989

 

“Rollicking mix of high drama and sordid reality... conventional history, spiced with telling quotations.”

The Sunday Times: Adam Lebor

on Revolution 1989

 

“Victor Sebestyen's vivid panoramic work is a fine account... the writing is taut, the scene-setting dramatic, giving the book an almost cinematic feel."

The Independent on Sunday: Lisa Hilton

on Revolution 1989

 

“Sebestyen's writing is as exhilarating and powerfully emotional as the events he describes... In a narrative as intoxicating as it is intricate, Revolution 1989 not only encompasses the political confrontations which fomented revolt but uses brief, skilful vignettes of ordinary lives to recreate the world behind the Iron Curtain.”​

T‍he Economist: Summer Reading

on Revolution 1989

 

“A digestible and colourful history of that miraculous year.”

The Guardian: Angus Macqueen

on Revolution 1989

 

“Revolution 1989 is a lucid primer on the background to, and events of that magical year. Sebestyen's narrative is clear, entertaining and sure-footed.”

The Scotsman: Misha Glenny

on Revolution 1989

 

“Sebestyen has got the pace and the balance just right.”

Scotland on Sunday: Michael Fry

on Revolution 1989

 

“Sebestyen has made an excellent job of organising his disparate material, so that the reader can recapture, with the same sense of bafflement and elation, the events that made the Europe we live in - and after 20 years he can add understanding too. "Graphic and detailed. . . Leads us right into the heart of the intimate dramas that make history . . . Excellent.”

The Spectator: Richard Beeston

on Revolution 1989

 

“Victor Sebestyen brilliantly pulls together the events that led to the fall of the Soviet empire... it still takes your breath away 20 years on.”