The Press: The Irony of History

In large part, Soviet Russia is a monument to Karl Marx. It was Marx's Communist Manifesto, written with Frederick Engels in 1848, that became the blueprint for the Russian Revolution of 1917, and Marxist doctrine still guides Russia today. From Lenin to Khrushchev, Russia's Communist leaders have placed the full-bearded German Jew high on the honor roll of their country's heroes. But no man is less deserving of that dubious distinction—an irony of history recalled this week with publication of a slender book, Marx vs. Russia (Frederick Ungar Publishing Co.; 198 pp.; $3.50)....

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