An impassioned firsthand account of the Russian Revolution, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in March 2017
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 is the author of the novels A Still Small Voice, The Whole, Snowball’s Chance, All The World’s A Grave: A New Play by William Shakespeare, Tales of Woe, and Free Boat: Collected Lies and Love Poems. He is a two-term member of… More about John Reed