The first collection in English of a large proportion of Lenin's letters. A good job in editing, though one questions the omission of his important philosophical digressions. Constitutes near-biography and includes statements of the essential facts of his life and the Russian revolutionary movement at the beginning of each section. The reader follows him through his early experiences in the labor movement, his period of exile, the revolution of 1905, the reaction from it, the subsequent growth of the movement, the world war, the 1917 revolution and the Soviet growing pains. Of real value to the student of modern history for his reflections on events throughout the world as well because of the inside view of the movement in Russia. The personal letters show his artistic side and humanize one who is a lay figure to the average person.