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Ten Days That Shook the World

John Reed

Book Overview: 

Ten Days that Shook the World is a book by American journalist and socialist John Reed about the October Revolution in Russia which Reed experienced firsthand. Reed followed many of the prominent Bolshevik leaders, especially Grigory Zinoviev and Karl Radek, closely during his time in Russia.

John Reed died shortly after the book was finished, and he is one of the few Americans buried at the Kremlin Wall Necropolis in Moscow, a site normally reserved only for the most prominent Soviet leaders.
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Book Excerpt: 
. . .er gates, and once inside the front door there was a long line of people waiting to be let in, four at a time, to be questioned as to their identity and their business. Passes were given out, and the pass system was changed every few hours; for spies continually sneaked through….

[Graphic page-49 Russian Pass to Reed, translation follows]

Pass to Smolny Institute, issued by the Military Revolutionary
Committee, giving me the right of entry at any time. (Translation)

Military Revolutionary Committee
           attached to the
Petrograd Soviet of W. & S. D.
        Commandant's office
16th November, 1917
               No. 955
          . . . Read More

Community Reviews

American journalist and socialist John Reed wrote about Russia's 1917 October Revolution presenting a first hand account of all the events whilst being on assignment for a socialist politics magazine called The Masses, however due to this magazine's forced closure another magazine The Liberator p...more

Due to the various political parties that John Reed speaks of in his impassioned account of the Russian Revolution, it becomes somewhat difficult to follow the flow of events and their importance. An understanding of the struggle at hand in this tumultuous period really only requires the knowledg...more

From BBC Radio 4 - 15 Minute Drama:
John Reed's classic eye-witness account of the Russian Revolution in October 1917.
Dramatised by Robin Brooks

Episode 1: The Coming Storm
Autumn 1917 and Petrograd under the Provisional Government is in chaos. American journalists John Reed and...more

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 written and detailed personal account of the October Revolution in Russia, as experienced by Americ...more

It's not everyday you get to witness a major turning point in history first hand as John Reed did in November 1917. For that reason, combined with the facts that (1) he was American, (2) he had a pencil and paper available, and (3) he knew how to write, this work is something close to a must read...more

El verdadero valor de este libro consiste en que es una crónica presencial de los hechos ocurridos durante la Revolución de Octubre. Sin embargo, a día de hoy, muchos historiadores dudan de que el autor pudiera estar presente en tantos hechos importantes, sobre todo por la simultaneidad y la dist...more

Έχουν περάσει 100 Χρονια. Ενας αιώνας . Κι ομως οι 10 αυτές μέρες που συγκλόνησαν τον κοσμο , συγκλονίζουν ακομα, εγιρωντας αντιπαραθέσεις και τόνους βιβλίων. Αυτη ειναι η μοίρα των σημαντικών ιστορικών γεγονότων.
Αθτο το βιβλιο ειναι ενα χρονικό. Καποιοι θα πουν οτι δεν ειναι αντεικειμενικο. Ομω...more

Ήξερα, φυσικά, τη Φήμη αυτού του βιβλίου ως ένα από τα καλύτερα βιβλία που περιγράφουν την οκτωβριανή επανάσταση αλλά διαβάζοντας το δεν μπόρεσα παρά να εντυπωσιαστώ. Πρόκειται για ένα βιβλίο που πραγματικά σε βάζει στην καρδιά των γεγονότων, με μία γραφή σχεδόν μυθιστορηματική και μία αφήγηση πο...more

This is simultaneously a difficult read and a pageturner - a firsthand account of the Bolshevik Revolution from an American observer, dense with details but also providing a historically priceless perspective of one of the most important events of the 20th century. Reed offer details of the facti...more

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