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Ten Days That Shook the World (Penguin Classics)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2008
I bought this book a couple of months ago, and liked it so much that even purchased its soft copy. The book is based on the days of Russian revolution in 1917, when it was almost dying as seen by the world, and narrates in a very nice and dramatic way the hardships that the Russian soldiers faced on the front line, public in the cities, towns and villages, and politicians and leader in their campaigns. John Reed has very beautifully presented his observations of the revolution and I hope not only Russian but every student of politics and leadership will like to read it. I read it because Benazir Bhutto mentioned it in her book, "The Daughter of the East." The book explains the nature of political parties active during the revolution and their impact on Russian and international world. It explores the hard work of few and the corruption of many during the tough times of the revolution when thing were uncertain. I loved this sentence very much when I read it, "and Russia absorbed reading material as hot sands absorb water."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2012
Reed's vivid account of one of the 20th Centuries landmark historical events provides a broad picture of an early industrial St. Petersburg (Petrograd) and the monumental events which took place there in 1917 (most of which Reed was an eye witness to). This is not a bland historical analysis written by a finger-pointing academic who criticizes from overseas by the warmth and comfort of his fire-side couch, but a gripping and gritty depiction from a journalist and passionate political activist who, with an intense revolutionary fervor, wished to show the world the inner workings of a country exhausted and torn by the Great War and the bloody historic shadow of Imperial Russia.

There is a huge amount of detail here, with a lot of background information on the different political parties, classes and institutions (governmental or otherwise). This is by far the best introduction to the Russian Revolution - although it will take some effort and patience to assimilate the names and characteristics of the huge number of competing political groups and factions, along with all their fierce and chaotic maneuvering. Those looking to read about the horrors of Communism will be disappointed - but this is neither Bolshevik propaganda or wishful fiction. These are honest first hand accounts from a Socialist perspective, and very little is left in the dark within the retelling of the gripping winter Revolution.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2014
This is a remarkable book - an eyewitness account of the first few days of the Russian Revolution in 1918.

Reed was an American journalist in Petrograd that fateful October and saw first-hand the chaotic yet momentous events unfold as the Bolsheviks ousted the provisional government and seized power.

While not everything Reed claims is historically accurate, this is a profoundly exciting account of a major political change.What is also impressive is that Reed retained every scrap[ of paper, poster or propaganda leaflets that flooded the city and beyond so that one gets a real feeling and understanding of the confusion and conflict (often violent) that existed between the numerous factions struggling for power.

This is not only an important historical document but a thrilling account by a hugely gifted journalist.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2009
The book offers a good first hand account of the events in Petrograd in November 1917. I would recommend it for anyone studying this topic.
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on 4 November 2014
Every student of the Russian Revolution should read this book. It is a fascinating first hand account, although perhaps a little exaggerated. Definitely worth a read if you have the slightest interest in this period of Russian history.
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on 19 May 2015
Strange writting style but good for history from one point of view.
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on 23 February 2015
Great product and service
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2010
This is the first hand written book about the events that changed the world... I put it top ten of my favourite books ever collection.
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on 7 December 2014
very good
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3 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2007
Awful, long winded & turgid. You've got to be a historian, hard core communist or insomniac to enjoy this. Avoid.
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