History. Politics. Nonfiction. HTML: Ten Days that Shook the World is a first-hand account of Russia's October Revolution of 1917. Written in 1919 by the American journalist and socialist John Reed, it follows many of the prominent Bolshevik leaders of this time. Reed died the year after his book was finished and was buried in Moscow's Kremlin Wall Necropolis - one of the few Americans accorded this honor usually reserved for the Soviet's most prominent leaders..
I learned more about the Russian revolution just reading the publisher's introduction than I
Reed did what so few hisorical authors can do, make me want to read even more books about the subject because you made the subject so fascinating.
This is a great read. It is partisan but its immediacy makes up for any faults. For those who do not know, this is an on the spot report of the Russian Revolution.
John Reed was an American reporter given almost unlimited access to all areas of the revolution.
handbills and many first hand descriptions of the events of the day. It is a first class historical document.
Social Revolutionaries was the climax of the revolution
AJP Taylor's introduction to the
That being said it is important for anyone reading this book to be aware of the fact that while Reed was in Russia and a witness to the Bolshevik revolution, this book is neither an insider account nor a neutral account of events. Reed obviously supports the Bolshevik cause and makes very little attempt to understand the other side. Reed is also a foreigner, on the outside looking in. He only communicates with Russians in French. For all the power to the people jargon thrown about, it is clear that Reed can only communicate with the intellectual elite; as a result it feels as if whole groups of people were left out of the dialogue.
Despite its flaws, "Ten Days That Shook the World" is at various points and in varying degrees emotional, tedious, irritating, infuriating and enlightening. I expect nothing less from a book about a revolution.
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Reed was both a renowned poet and an experienced journalist, and was also known for the strength of his Socialist views. His account is not, therefore, an impartial account crafted for the later delectation of a neutral reader. He wanted the revolution to succeed, and like Lenin and the other 'professional' revolutionaries who made their way back from exile, felt that the earlier risings that had led to the abdication of the Tsar and the establishment of the Provisional Government under Kerensky, were merely the opening acts.
His account has an immediacy that reads almost like a film script, reflecting his journalistic skills, and his proximity to the actions he recounts. He also published his book within a couple of years of the Revolution, providing one of the earliest coherent accounts available in the West. Taylor suggests that, in some instances, Reed may have massaged the facts, or at least allowed a certain latitude with regard to timings. He does not, however, challenge the validity of Reed's overall portrayal of the events.
One hundred years on, the clarity and excitement of Reed's story remain impressive.
A dedicated socialist in the US (and the only American to be buried in the walls of the
Overthrowing the tsar, it seems, was the easy part.
Even after 100 years, and long after, we know how the story really turns out. Reed’s journalist account reads like a fictional thriller. I quickly turned every page until I got to the end.
Reed's writing is vivid and engaging, providing a detailed and human perspective on the revolution. He conveys the excitement, chaos, and hope of the time, and provides a nuanced picture of the various players involved in the revolution, from Lenin and Trotsky to the common people of Russia. Ten Days that Shook the World is an important historical document, and remains an essential read for anyone interested in understanding the Russian Revolution and its impact on the world.