Ten Days That Shook the World  -     By: John Reed
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Penguin Books / 2007 / Paperback

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In Ten Days That Shook the World, John Reed conveys, with the immediacy of cinema, the impression of a whole nation in ferment and disintegration. A contemporary journalist writing in the first flush of revolutionary enthusiasm, he gives a gripping record of the events in Petrograd in November 1917, when Lenin and the Bolsheviks finally seized power. Containing verbatim repots both of speeches by leaders and the chance comments of bystanders, set against an idealized backcloth of the proletariat, soldiers, sailors, and peasants uniting to throw off oppression, Reed's account is the product of passionate involvement and remains an unsurpassed classic of reporting.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.06 (inches)
ISBN: 0141442123
ISBN-13: 9780141442129

Publisher's Description

An impassioned firsthand account of the Russian Revolution

An American journalist and revolutionary writer, John Reed became a close friend of Lenin and was an eyewitness to the 1917 revolution in Russia. Ten Days That Shook the World is Reed’s extraordinary record of that event. Writing in the first flush of revolutionary enthusiasm, he gives a gripping account of the events in Petrograd in November 1917, when Lenin and the Bolsheviks finally seized power. Containing verbatim reports both of speeches by leaders and of the chance comments of bystanders, and set against an idealized backdrop of soldiers, sailors, peasants, and the proletariat uniting to throw off oppression, Reed’s account is the product of passionate involvement and remains an unsurpassed classic of reporting.

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John Reed (1887–1920), a journalist and poet-adventurer who became the hero of a generation of radical intellectuals, is buried with other Bolshevik luminaries beside the Kremlin wall.
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin né Ulyanov (1870–1924) became the first head of the Soviet Union and the primary theorist of his own variant of Marxism.
A. J. P. Taylor (1906–1990) was a renowned English historian and author. John Reed (1887-1920) American journalist and poet-adventurer whose colourful life as a revolutionary writer ended in Russia but made him the hero of a generation of radical intellectuals. Reed became a close friend of V. I. Lenin and was an eyewitness to the 1917 October revolution. He recorded this historical event in his best-known book Ten Days That Shook the World (1920). Reed is buried with other Bolshevik heroes beside the Kremlin wall.

Vladimir Lenin was born in 1870 and was one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. He became a revolutionary, a communist politician, the principal leader of the October Revolution, the first head of the Russian Soviet Socialist Republic and, from 1922, the first de facto leader of the Soviet Union. He wrote Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism while in exile in Switzerland during the First World War.

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