The annotated bibliography is divided into sections historically (beginning with the origin of the Soviet system), and the final section is video material.
Lane David S. The Roots of Russian Communism: A Social and Historical Study of Russian Social Democracy, 1898-1907. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1975. Provides a good overview of the formative years of the Communist Party in Russia.
Lewin Moshe. Lenin's Last Struggle. New York: Monthly ew Press, 1978. A seminal work on Lenin's efforts to prevent the growth of an overly large bureaucracy in the Soviet system and his attempt to stem the growing power of Stalin.
Lincoln W. Bruce. Passage through Armageddon: The Russians in War and Revolution. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1986. A massive and masterful examination of World War I and the Bolshevik takeover.
Pipes Richard, ed. Revolutionary Russia. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1968. An authoritative source on the activites of the revolutionaries.
Ulam Adam B. The Bolsheviks. New York: Collier Books, 1968. A judicious assessment of the party, its goals, and its methods.
Von Theodore H. Laue Why Lenin? Why Stalin? Why Gorbachev? New York: HarperCollins, 1993. A short but insightful essay on the major transformations of Soviet government from the beginning to the end of the system.
Wolfe Bertram D. Three Who Made a Revolution. New York: Dial Press, 1964. A penetrating analysis of the leaders of the Bolshevik revolution.