... entertaining ... a welcome corrective ... The story is vividly told by Carr, who has unearthed some fascinating new archival sources to add to a sparkling narrative ... Carr writes a rollicking spy yarn, but there is no convincing evidence that the one serious attempt on Lenin’s life leads back to Allied intervention. Western spooks talked about murdering Lenin, but it is not clear they did much about it.
... lively, if somewhat speculative ... Piecing together the increasingly convoluted and elaborate scheme through newspaper accounts, archival records, letters, and biographies, Carr contends that it failed because of a lack of funds and disagreements among Cossack leaders, though he admits some pieces of the puzzle are still missing, including whether the plotters were behind Fanny Kaplan’s attempted assassination of Lenin in summer of 1918. Fluidly written and impressively researched, this espionage tale delights.
Deep dive into an episode of history that is little known but deserves more exposure ... Some reads like history, some like a spy novel, and it’s always eye-opening ... A well-crafted exposé that suggests that the Cold War began half a century earlier than we’ve been told.