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Lenin on the Train

By Catherine Merridale (2016).

When creating a Scheme of Work or a revision guide I like, my family allowing, to read a book or two on the subject too. If a teacher can avoid bounding down the rabbit hole of anecdotes for the entire lesson then well placed anecdotes are the key, in my mind, to a great History lesson. No amount of clever planning, flip learning of fancy Kagan strategies can match the impact of a good story.

This book was reviewed very highly and it did not disappoint. Merridale has that masterful ability to use cracking narrative as a vehicle for exploring the wider factors at play. It is well worth a read if you are studying or teaching Russian Revolution history.