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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

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 knowledge o

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 Louise Bryant arrive

Overall, this was one of the scariest books I've ever read in light of our current political climate. Of course, most of the population was in very bad straits due to the harsh reprisals & rampant corruption from the days of the Tsars, the 1905 Revolution & then the Revolution of 1917 which deposed

By mistake, my review is located in comment section!
Needless to say , this book should be in everybody bookshelf, regardless of one's social and political persuasions .
If you wish to read only one book in your lifetime, this is the one.
The Russian 's October Revolution , for better or worse, has dr

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 American

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 distanc

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. Ομως δ

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 που κ

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 factiona

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