Ten Days that Shook the World

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Penguin, 1977 - Political Science - 351 pages
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In Ten Days That Shook the World John Reed conveys, with the immediacy of cinema, the impression of a whole nation in ferment and disintegration. A contemporary journalist writing in the first flush of revolutionary enthusiasm, he gives a gripping record of the events in Petrograd in November 1917, when Lenin and the Bolsheviks finally seized power. Containing verbatim reports both of speeches by leaders and the chance comments of bystanders, set against an idealized backcloth of the proletariat, soldiers, sailors, and peasants uniting to throw off oppression, Reed's account is the product of passionate involvement and remains an unsurpassed classic of reporting. Book jacket.

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User Review  - kcshankd - LibraryThing

Disappointing. I know it is a contemporary account, but I was hoping for more... this is a disjointed, uneven effort that at times seems to be just copies of revolutionary broadsides. A reader is left ... Read full review

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User Review  - TyUnglebower - LibraryThing

I just finished this one, after meaning to check it out since college. Sometimes you know a book is great even if you yourself have a hard time reading it. That was the case for me in the very well ... Read full review

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The Coming Storm
On the Eve
The Fall of the Provisional Government
Plunging Ahead
The Committee for Salvation
The Revolutionary Front
The Conquest of Power
The Peasants Congress

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Page 13 - Instead of being a destructive force, it seems to me that the Bolsheviki were the only party in Russia with a constructive programme and the power to impose it on the country. If they had not succeeded to the Government when they did, there is little doubt
Page 13 - mankind ever embarked upon, sweeping into history at the head of the toiling masses, and staking everything on their vast and simple desires. Already the machinery had been set up by which the land of the great estates could be distributed among the peasants. The Factory-Shop
Page 13 - In the struggle my sympathies were not neutral. But in telling the story of those great days I have tried to see events with the eye of a conscientious reporter, interested in setting down the truth.

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About the author (1977)

Reed was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1887. After college he entered journalism and soon became the most highly paid ace reporter in America. He was correspondent in the Mexican War. He became personally involved in the Labour movement in the States in 1913 when he helped organize a silk-workers' strike in Paterson, New Jersey; and when he returned from Russia he toured the country speaking on the October Revolution (of 1917) and reporting to the Liberator. He then returned to Soviet Russia, where he died of typhus in 1920.