Ten Days That Shook the World is John Reed's eyewitness account of the Russian Revolution. 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 reports 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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Expertly written giving a real feel for what it was like to live through those dramatic days. Details the politics of the different forces, political trends and figures involved through Extracts from their actual interventions into events and meetings of the soviets, Duma etc and the demands they put forward at key moments rather than lots of side commentary. Reed is however unapologetically sympathetic to the aims of the workers, peasants and revolutionaries, so many of the official historians of the revolution claim to be objective but are deeply hostile.
The narration and overall production are of a very high standard.
- Owen McCracken