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Book Review: Ten Days That Shook the World

Review the work of John Reed with the title 'Ten Days That Shook the World.'

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Author: John Reed
Title: Ten Days that Shook the World
Year: 1919
Publisher: Bonnie Liveright: New York


John Reed was among the few Americans, and indeed, 'Westerners' who were eyewitness to Russia's Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. This book is an account of his experience. Reed followed Karl Radek and Gregory Zinoviev while he was in Russia. These 2 men are among Russia's Bolshevik leaders whose command of intellectual and revolutionary ideas led Russia's ordinary folk to revolt and seize power from the most powerful elite of the nation - the remnants of the overthrowing powers that led to the downfall of the Czars at the February revolution of the same year (1917). He also accounts for the participation of Trotsky, Lenin and Stalin who eventually sat as key leaders in the aftermath. These 10 days are referred to nowadays as the 'Great October Socialist Revolution' or Red October for short. He accounts for events from October 25 to November 7, explaining a first-hand experience of the revolution from the point of view of an expert outsider. As a journalist sent to Russia ...

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