Fascinating reading and important to understanding of the Russian enigma, these studies of Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin. It is more than biography. It is a study of a program for revolution, a book that fills in the plots and counterplots of all the important figures surrounding the ""Red Three"", participating in planning revolution. Some may mean nothing to the average American reader, but Wolfe makes them come to life in what reads like a Russian novel. We see the inner working and thoughts of revolutionists, their bickering and fighting, their willingness to sacrifice each other to win their goals. One marvels at the spirit of dedication to a cause, but it is frightening to see how little individuals -- or the world -- count in the determination to dominate. This is a scholarly work, but so lively in the writing that it holds the reader's interest from first to last-with the Russian Revolution of 1917 an accomplished fact. It should find a permanent place in the works revealing the three who made a revolution.