Books: The Ugly Leah

THE GOD THAT FAILED (273 pp.)—Edited by Richard Grossman — Harper ($3.50).

Once during the '20s an English Communist went to Moscow to ask advice on what seemed to him a difficult tactical matter. Upon being advised to say one thing in public but do another in private, he blurted: "But that would be a lie." The assembled comrades guffawed. Somebody got on the phone and told Stalin, who roared with the rest; in no time at all the laugh was all over Moscow.

Yet somehow the joke was not quite so funny west of...

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