Upon returning from China, my author copies of Lenin, Religion, and Theology were waiting for me. Nice welcome home:
It weighs in at 360 pages and is available from Palgrave Macmillan and the usual outlets, some of which will give you a look inside the cover. What’s next? After I finish trawling through the tiresome and often truly inane works of the classical economists and their forebears (Grotius, Locke, Smith, Ricardo, J.S. Mill, Malthus), I’m dying to settle in for some long evenings with Stalin.
Neil Harding’s great 2-volume work, Lenin’s Political Thought, may be a little flat at times, especially when it comes to the intricacies of the dialectic in Lenin’s hands. Yet his ability to deploy earthy images is of the same calibre as Lenin’s:
The revolution was not like a plum falling into the hand when fully ripe without so much as a shake of the tree. It was, to characterise Lenin’s account, more like a turnip. It would swell and ripen in the ground but would take a stout pull to harvest it—otherwise the action of the elements and of parasites would combine to rot it away (Harding, Lenin’s Political Thought, vol. 2, p. 73)
Can you tell I’m doing the proof corrections for Lenin, Religion, and Theology? Good news: the cover is out too: