Books: Hark from the Tomb

STALIN (516 pp.)—Leon Trotsky— Harper ($5).

It is as hard for a man to escape assassination as it is to lay a ghost. If the assassins know their trade, if they are backed by the resources and the implacable purpose of a powerful government, the victim may escape for a time, perhaps for years, but in the end, through carelessness, through inadvertence, or simply through weariness of the unremitting chase, quarry and hunters will meet.

In Mexico, in 1940, assassins had orders to lay a living ghost. He was Leon Davidovich Trotsky (real name Bronstein),...

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