This is a smoothly, simply written introductory background to the Russian Revolution. Most juvenile titles treat the Revolution in 1917 in isolation with only the sparsest attention to the series of peasant uprisings throughout Russian history. While the major portion of the book concentrates on the events between 1900 and 1917, attention is paid to the background of the inequitable system of government in Russia that had been notorious for centuries. The leading figures of the Russian court circle, as well as the Bolshevik group, are accurately identified in terms of the importance of the role each played. The final chapters of the short book are concerned with the Revolution and post-Revolutionary rioting. The major points of Marxist theory are presented in digest and the conditions obtaining in Russia that made them appealing are clearly stated.