Books: Lenin Landslide

THE LIFE OF LENIN by Louis Fischer. 703 pages. Harper & Row. $10.

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF LENIN by Robert Payne. 672 pages. Simon & Schuster. $8.50.

LENIN: THE COMPULSIVE REVOLUTIONARY by Stefan Possony. 418 pages. Regnery. $7.95.

IMPRESSIONS OF LENIN by Angelica Balabanoff. 152 pages. University of Michigan. $5.

Since there has never been a really good biography of Lenin in English, the idea of doing something about it came more or less simultaneously to three authors. As soon as each heard the others were at work, the race to get published was on. Stefan Possony won it, but Authors Payne and Fischer...