Ten Days That Shook the World

By John Reed
(Dover Publications, Paperback, 9780486452401, 374pp.)

Publication Date: September 2006

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"Brilliant and entertaining."--"The New York Times Book Review"
This first-person chronicle by John Reed, a legendary journalist who was present at the flash point of the Russian Revolution in 1917, provides an intense and informative eyewitness account of one of the greatest events of the twentieth century.
Capturing the spirit of those heady days of excitement and idealism, Reed's true-to-life account follows many of the prominent Bolshevik leaders, as well as vividly capturing the mood of the masses. Verbatim reports of speeches by leaders, and comments of bystanders -- set against an idealized backdrop of the proletariat united with soldiers, sailors, and peasants -- are balanced by passionate narratives describing the fall of the provisional government, the assault on the Winter Palace, and Lenin's seizure of power.
Accompanied by contemporaneous photographs, this gripping record by a western journalist has been acclaimed worldwide since its first publication in 1919. Endorsed by Lenin as a "truthful and most vivid exposition," the work was the basis for the Academy Award-winning 1981 film "Reds.

About the Author
John Reed (1887-1920) poet and journalist was the hero of a generation of radical intellectuals in the United States. He was a correspondent during the Mexican revolution, World War I, and the Russian revolution of 1917. Among his most famous work is Ten Days that Shook the World, which became the basis of the movie "Reds."
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