Victor Serge's "Year One of the Russian Revolution" might be interesting, given Serge's anarchist leanings.
These might be too pro-Lenin for your liking, but they could form part of a picture, with the combination of first-hand reporting of the young revolution (Serge) and a more analytical retrospective overview of Lenin's actual practice in the context of the times (Liebman).
'Objectivity' might be a tough ask on the subject of Lenin...
On 10 February 2016 at 15:03, Nick Manley <chessanarch at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'll state up front that I am already an anarchist skeptic of Lenin and his
> policies. but I also view my knowledge on him/his policies as insufficient
> Could people recommend good truthful objective work that details his life,
> views, and policies as leader of the USSR? I am NOT (caps for emphasis)
> looking for uncritical worship stuff though. I am also not looking for
> unfair attacks or critiques of him either. And I am not trying to start a
> discussion about whether Lenin was a good guy or not. I may do so in the
> future, but I'd like to read more about his policies and views first.