Most people know who Vladimir Lenin was in history, but he remains a figure shrouded in mystery in terms of his personal life and true motivations, for his was a life fraught with conflict and contradictions. This installment of A&E's BIOGRAPHY series incorporates new documents, released since the fall of the Soviet Union, to examine the myth and the man. The fantastic conditions under which Lenin rose to power are examined, as well as the philosophy and passion that drove him. Valentin Berezhkov, who was an interpreter for Stalin, discusses his employer's feelings about his predecessor, while Soviet historians expound on other aspects of Lenin's reign. Excerpts from Lenin's diary reveal a disturbing predilection for violence, and the dictator's personal experiences, from childhood to his succession of strokes, is examined in detail, creating a remarkable portrait of one of the 20th Century's most towering figures.