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Fast-Tracking the Revolution

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A HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPACT OF LENIN’S RETURN TO RUSSIA FROM POLITICAL EXILE IN SWITZERLAND.

“Lenin on the Train”

By Catherine Merridale

354 pages. $30.

Catherine Merridale is well-known for her books on Soviet history, particularly for “Red Fortress,” her account of the Kremlin, and “Night of Stone,” on how Russians coped with violent death in the 20th century. Her latest book, “Lenin on the Train,” has a tighter focus than these and vividly reminds us how the

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