Presents an account of the Russian Revolution. This work gives a record of the events in Petrograd in November 1917, when Lenin and the Bolsheviks finally seized power. It also includes verbatim reports both of speeches by leaders and the chance comments of bystanders.
In TEN DAYS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD, American journalist John Reed recounts the events of the Bolshevik Revolution in October and November 1917 that brought Lenin and Trotsky to power, establishing the Communist government that would rule the Soviet Union for most of the rest of the 20th century. Present in Petrograd (St. Petersburg) as a reporter for a leftist magazine, Reed, who knew Russian history well and was a friend of Lenin, describes the street demonstrations, the clashes with bayonet-armed soldiers, and the meetings of workers and peasants in coffeehouses. Reed interviews Lenin and other major personalities, and includes official speeches, proclamations, and newspaper accounts.
Published in book form in 1919, at a time when some Americans, disillusioned by the avarice and corruption of the Gilded Age, were looking for alternatives to capitalism, the book reflects a young socialist's optimistic view of epoch-making events. It has been accused of glorifying the Bolshevik revolution and ignoring its negative aspects, but TEN DAYS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD remains a classic, a vibrant and direct first-person account that rises well above mere reportage. Reed's own fascinating life, which ended in exile in Russia, became the basis for the 1981 film REDS, directed by and starring Warren Beatty as John Reed.
- Modern / 20th Century, Europe / Russia + the Former Soviet Union, Revolutionary, Europe / Former Soviet Republics
- August 28, 2007
- August 28, 2007
- John Reed