From the first chapter, a dramatic recreation of Trotsky's assassination, upper teen readers will be drawn into a book that pays equal attention to ideas and motives and chronology. The facts and dates are all in place, but more important are the tracings of the power seizures -- first by the revolutionaries from the aristocrats and then the power shifts within Russian communism together with the underlying causes of personal temperament and private ambition. The book serves as a simple introduction to the individual differences that existed between Marx and Engels and the men who put their design into practice and the inter-party struggles which have occurred since. Thus, we see the newly dead Lenin's instructions failing to unseat the rising Stalin and Stalin's pursuit of Trotsky, and the many changes in circumstance and attitude that brought Khrushchev into office and out. Readable information.