Ten Days That Shook the World (Modern Classics)

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9780140024333: Ten Days That Shook the World (Modern Classics)

A Classic Eyewitness Account! A journalist gives a gripping account of the events in Petrograd in November 1917, when Lenin and the Bolsheviks finally seized power. See the Russian Revolution unfold through Reed's eyes. Like all of Reed's journalism, it is not objective. His commitment to socialist and pacifist ideals lend a vibrancy to the story that would certainly be absent from dry historical accounts and objective journalism. Reed reports on both the speeches by leaders as well as the comments of bystanders. He describes life in Russia n 1917, the harsh weather, the suffering of soldiers and peasants, and the long bread lines. He describes the principal players, Kerensky, Lenin, Trotsky, Zinoviev, and others. He details the failure of the Provisional Government and shows the Bolsheviks' commitment. From Reed's account we receive a sense of what those days must have been like. A very revealing book and an excellent read! Select it for your library!

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The situation in St. Petersburg was growing more and more tense. The People's Revolution had begun by overthrowing the corrupt Tsarist regime in March 1917, but the workers and the peasants felt the revolution had much farther to go. Tired of fighting a war that meant little to them, the soldiers also grew restless: "When the land belongs to the peasants, and the factories to the workers, and the power to the Soviets, then we'll know we have something to fight for, and we'll fight for it!"

Lenin pressed the Bolsheviks to seize power. On the night of October 24, an organized mass of workers, soldiers, peasants, and sailors stormed the Winter Palace. On the following day, at the opening of the second Congress of Soviets, Trotsky announced the overthrow of the provisional government. Counterrevolutionary forces marched on the capital, but the Revolutionary Army triumphed. After all, "[t]his was their battle, for their world; the officers in command were elected by them. For the moment that incoherent multiple will was one will."

In Ten Days That Shook the World John Reed tells the story of Red October and the Russian revolution from a unique, firsthand perspective. Reed, an American journalist, was on assignment in Russia for The Masses--then the principal radical journal in the United States--and spent his days walking the streets, reading and collecting handbills, newspapers, and posters, and talking to people. As a result, Ten Days crackles with energetic immediacy. At its best moments it reads like a novel: Reed recounts conversations and arguments, details political machinations, and speculates on personal motives. Though this is no mere piece of propaganda, Reed's enthusiasm for the revolution infuses the text (some readers may be put off by Reed's florid prose), casting each counterrevolutionary act in a negative light. Helpful notes flesh out the background for those less familiar with the preceding events and render this a solid work of history. Ten Days That Shook the World is a stirring account of a stirring event. --Sunny Delaney

About the Author:

John Reed (1887-1920) was a journalist, activist, poet, and author. In addition to chronicling the Russian revolution, he reported on US labor strikes, the Mexican revolution, World War I, and was a founder of and international delegate for the Communist Labor Party. He is buried at the Kremlin Wall in Moscow.

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Editorial: Penguin Books (1979)
ISBN 10: 0140024336 ISBN 13: 9780140024333
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