France in 1917 was not as historically significant as Russia 1917. Karl Marx was a boring, pedantic writer and thinker. It was not "Das Kapital" that inspired but Engles and Marx's "The Communist Manifesto," which rivals the Biblical "Revelation" in its sweep and apocalyptic themes. True, Stalin and Hitler epitomized evil, their effect magnified by a modern age in "industrialized killing." Still, mankind's desire to change a political situation makes for an exciting story whether it was the American colonies in the 18th Century, France in 1789, Germany in the inter-war period, or Russia in Revolution. Russia's three great leaders; Ivan Grozny, Peter the Great, and Stalin moved Russia far and fast...and at great cost.