This is more than the usual ""I used-to-be-a-radical-myself"" account of Stalin and the new Russia which Lyons and others have made popular and profitable. It is anti-Marxist, anti-Leninist, anti-Soviet, and carries propagandist and subversive attack beyond both fact and fairness. The book is endorsed by anti-Soviets, will be received well by the like, but students and liberals will recognize its faulty sources (i.e. General W. ""Shmelka Ginsberg"" Krivitsky) and reliance on mythical gossip. The book covers not only the life of Stalin, but also the growth of the new regime. No matter what side of the fence you sit on, it is too cumbersome in detail and bias for popular consumption. Handle with care.