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Ten Days That Shook the World

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The situation in St. Petersburg was growing more and more tense. The People's Revolution had begun by overthrowing the corrupt Tsarist regime in March 1917, but the workers and the peasants felt the revolution had much farther to go. Tired of fighting a war that meant little to them, the soldiers also grew restless: "When the land belongs to the peasants, and the factories ...more
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Ty
Feb 22, 2012 Ty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished this one, after meaning to check it out since college.

Sometimes you know a book is great even if you yourself have a hard time reading it. That was the case for me in the very well written and detailed personal account of the October Revolution in Russia, as experienced by American reporter and Communist sympathizer, Jack Reed.

The excellent movie Reds is based in large part on the accounts in this book. (Warren Beauty producing, directing, writing, and starring as the author, Re
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Jimmy
Sep 18, 2009 Jimmy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: european-history
Due to the various political parties that John Reed speaks of in his impassioned account of the Russian Revolution, it becomes somewhat difficult to follow the flow of events and their importance. An understanding of the struggle at hand in this tumultuous period really only requires the knowledge of two warring factions; the "Reds" (Bolsheviks), and the "Whites" (anti-Bolsheviks). Basically the absolute monarchy of Tsar Nicholas II had come to an end due to severe social and political unrest on ...more
Ahmed Kurdish
يعتبر كتاب عشرة ايام هزت العالم ، من اروع واصدق ما كتب عن الثورة الروسية عام 1917. ومؤلفة جون ريد وهو صحفى شيوعى اميركى، قد تعرض لكثير من المخاطر وهو يتنقل بين الثوار وجنود الجيش الاحمر ووبين العمال و الفلاحين البلاشفة ..لرصد اهم واصعب المواقف السياسية والشخصية والانسانية التى تتكامل مع بعضها لترسم لنا ادق تفاصيل الثورة الروسية بكل سلاسة ويسر فى اسلوب روائى وادبى شيق للغاية حتى ان القارىء العادى والذى لا يعرف مسبقا من هم البلاشفة ، او ماهى ثورة اكتوبر او ثورة فبراير ؟ والعديد من اسامى الاحزاب ال ...more
Marts  (Thinker)
American journalist and socialist John Reed wrote about Russia's 1917 October Revolution presenting a first hand account of all the events whilst being on assignment for a socialist politics magazine called The Masses, however due to this magazine's forced closure another magazine The Liberator published his articles.
Reed was able to interact with Bolshevik leaders and got much information from officials apart from his experiences and was therefore able to present his account both dramatically
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dely
Apr 30, 2016 dely marked it as not-finished  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0-usa
Dopo circa 100 pagine mi arrendo. Ne avevo sentito parlare benissimo, come uno dei migliori libri sulla rivoluzione russa, ma non riesce a coinvolgermi. Ci sono troppi dettagli, troppi nomi di leader di partito, troppi partiti e comitati e sindacati...c'è troppo e ci si perde nei minuziosi dettagli. Inoltre, in quei giorni le vicende cambiavano da un giorno all'altro, c'erano alleanze, poi rotture, nuove alleanze, e non riesco a star dietro a tutto. È molto giornalistico, un po' troppo per i mie ...more
Dale
John Reed, a young socialist from Portland, Oregon, went to Russia in 1917 as a journalist to report on the unfolding revolution. Russia was in great turmoil, with widespread opposition to the war, a struggling economy, and shortages of basic necessities. The government was barely in control of the situation, and political influence was fractured among many political parties ranging from the far-right to the communist left. Reed was a revolutionist, and so supported the position of the bolshevik ...more
Ali-nasrat
في هذا الكتاب يقدم جون ريد نظرته لأحداث الثورة البلشفية التي صادف وجوده في روسيا وقت اندلاعها عام 1917 . ينجح ريد في نقل حالة التخبط السياسي و الاجتماعي قبيل و خلال الثورة فيقدم من خلال محاوراته و تجاربه الشخصية نماذج لكل الاطراف الفاعلة في الازمة بدأً من العمال و الفلاحون و الجنود و وصولاً لاراء جماعات سياسية كالبلاشفة و الاشتراكيين الثوريين بجناحيهم بل و حتي انصار حكومة كيرينسكي . الكتاب يؤرخ لفترة محددة من عمر الثورة الروسية الكبري و هي قبيل استيلاءالبلاشفة علي الحكم و هروب كيرينسكي بعشرة اي ...more
Mohammed
Sep 06, 2013 Mohammed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هذا العنوان الذي أعطاه الصحفي الأمريكي جون ريد لكتابه "عشرة أيام هزت العالم" يعتبر الكتاب من أهم الوثائق والمراجع للثورة البلشفية في روسيا عام 1917 فهذا الكتاب بحدة وكثافة مدهشتين يسترجع لنا أحداث الثورة والمشاهد المعاشة الصادقة تجعلك كأنك عايشت الثورة بكل أحداثها وتفاصيلها جون ريد رسم لوحات مرسومة من مشاعر الجماهير بدقة وتجعلك تفهم مختلف أطوار الثورة , جون ريد مع أنه أجنبي وشيوعي لكنه تكلم بحيادية عن الثورة فقد قال في نقدمة كتابه "لم تكن عواطفي على الحياد أثناء الصراع، ولكني حاولت، وأنا أصف تار ...more
Jason
Apr 28, 2016 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Would-be revolutionaries
Recommended to Jason by: While reading Heart of a Dog, we wanted another perspective on the Russian Revolution
Starts slow but rapidly builds to a powerful conclusion that makes me want to read more about both the antecedents to the Bolshevik takeover (i.e., the history of the Russian Revolution) and the consequences (i.e., the Russian Civil War, death of Lenin, takeover by Stalin, etc.). While I, like the author, could certainly sympathize with aspirations and hopes of those who supported the Bolsheviks, by the end of Reed's account the chilling totalitarianism implicit (and increasingly explicit) in Le ...more
Hajer Elmahdi
Jan 26, 2015 Hajer Elmahdi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
4.6 stars
Ten Days that Shocked the World talks about American journalist and socialist John Reed experience in Russia during October revolution and Bolsheviks seizer of power ( Bolshevik literally means "one of the majority", derived from Russian ) in 1917, Russia. Even though i'm familiar with the Bolshevik revolution and its events, Reed's narrative writing captured the country's situation during a hard time vividly, it was informative with quotations from newspapers, documents, eyewitnesses
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Edward
Introduction, by A. J. P. Taylor
Introduction, by V. I. Lenin
Preface
Chronology
Notes and Explanations


--Ten Days That Shook the World

Appendixes
Rosa Ramôa
Jan 13, 2016 Rosa Ramôa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uma revolução de significado mundial...
""Uma palavra de ordem soava clara,dia após dia:"Todo o poder aos sovietes!Todo o poder aos representantes directos de milhões de trabalhadores,soldados e camponeses.Terra,pão e fim de uma guerra sem sentido(...)"!A luta entre o proletariado e a classe média,entre os sovietes e o governo,que começara logo em Março de 1917,ia chegar ao seu ponto culminante.Tendo passado de um momento para o outro da Idade Média para o século XX,a Rússia mostrava ao mundo dua
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Joe Strnad
Reed actually lived through the Russian Revolution of 1917 in St. Petersburg so he knows what he's talking about. However, he was a member of the American Communist Party and this leads to a very biased view of events. He favors the Bolshevik; the book borders on propaganda as opposed to objective journalism. This being said, it is still a more nuanced view than official Soviet Party history. The reader gets a good sense of the chaos and uncertainty surrounding the events of November 1917: starv ...more
Peter Hoff
Oct 03, 2014 Peter Hoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This eyewitness account of the Bolshevik October Revolution reads like a set of faculty senate minutes occasionally punctuated by machine-gun fire. It is a blend of narration and extensive quotation from documents of the moment. As such, it does not read very well, but is a valuable "in the moment" description of the revolution by an American Journalist who was granted intimate access to the Bolshevik inner circles.
Ömürden Cengiz
10 sene sonra tekrar aynı heyecanla okudum. Bolşeviklerin iktidarı ellerine alışının tarihi 10 gününü, sosyalist bir Amerikalının gözünden anlatıyor.

Lenin'in meclis konuşmalarını okurken heyecanlanmamak elde değil. Çürümekte ve aynı zamanda kaynamakta olan bir halk, örgütlü mücadelenin zaferi.
Claire
A vivid read, which captures the confused and confusing nature of a country in the grip of a revolution that was to change the world. However, this is very clearly a one-sided account of events - Reed wears his Bolshevik sympathies on his sleeve and makes little effort to distinguish between the countless fracturing opposition factions, which leaves the reader somewhat bemused at times. I also found his style of writing somewhat irritating, and unless the reader has some knowledge of Russia befo ...more
Baris Ozyurt
Jul 25, 2015 Baris Ozyurt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Asker ciddi ciddi, “Bana bak, kardeş,” dedi, “anlamıyorsun. İki sınıf var, görmüyor musun? Proletarya ile burjuvazi. Biz...”
“Ha, evet, biliyorum bu lafları, merak etme,” diye atıldı öğrenci, kaba kaba. “Sizin gibi cahil köylüler birkaç hazır laf öğrenmeyegörsün. Bunların anlamını bilmiyorsunuz bile. Yalnız papağan gibi ezberlemişsiniz.” Kalabalık güldü. “Ben Marksist bir öğrenciyim. Ve sana şunu söyleyeyim: Uğrunda savaştığın şey sosyalizm değil. Yalnız Almanlara yarayan bir anarşi!”
“Ha, evet, b
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Greg Talbot
Feb 13, 2015 Greg Talbot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Reed's first hand account of the revolution is a marvelous historical document. Lenin admired it, Stalin suppressed it, and its been smeared by many for it's socialist sympathies and lack of scope.

Reed's accomplish sort of takes precedent over the work itself. Documenting the "revolution" as it took place is an amazing task. Pre-twitter, pre-Reuters, Reed plots the dangerous task of documenting and living in the tense uncertain post-Tsar Russia. The work itself is an accomplishment. Reed do
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Gaurav Moghe
Jun 28, 2014 Gaurav Moghe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
This book is a first hand account of the October Revolution from the American author who actively participated in the it. While the book's central theme is the final few days running into the revolution, which led to the fall of Provincial government at the hands of Lenin's Bolsheviks, the author has given accounts of the February Revolution which makes for a comprehensive reading of the Russian revolution.

I reached out to this book after reading a section on Communist Revolution in Hobsbawn's A
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Liam Dodd
I think I enjoyed this book.

I say 'think' because it was a hugely dense and obscure read. Not because of a failure on the writer, but due to the sheer complexity of the Red October that Reed retells from his first hand experience of the events. The Russian Revolution is always portrayed and imagined as a series of bloody insurrections that eventually lead to the famous communist leaders reaching power.

Reed enlightens on everything that actually occurred, and how it was a bloody mess of bureaucra
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Neal
Mar 21, 2015 Neal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starts off slow but the second half is much more exciting. Contrary to what one might expect, the months after the Bolsheviks came to power were filled with lively debate, competitive elections, and jockeying for power between the B's and rival parties. Reed does a good job of documenting this. Implicitly raises some tough questions about what it means to be a democrat during a period of social upheaval and state collapse.

Not entirely sure how accurate everything is and it's hard to get a grip o
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Natalie
John Reed's book, whilst not the most historically accurate account, is a fantastic rendering of the Bolshevik Revolution. Reed captures wonderfully the uncertainty, the activity, the tension of a country in revolution. If you're at all interested in Russian or Soviet history, or revolutions in general, definitely read this. Be sure to take what Reed says with a few liberal pinches of salt, but definitely read it nonetheless.
Nicholas Lefevre
This is an extraordinary book giving John Reed's first hand account of events in Petrograd and Moscow during November 1917, the time of the Bolshevik Revolution. Reed was an American Socialist journalist accepted into crucial settings of the revolution. He combines his personal observations with contemporaneous documents he gathered at the time.

Frankly, he brings a bewildering array of groups and people into the mix which I think fairly reflects the time. As a reader do not expect a linear tale.
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Karlo Mikhail
Passes as an important historical account. But all too often falls to sensationalism (makes up some stuff to make events more dramatic) and hagiography (thinks that Lenin and Trotsky are Gods in human flesh). I liked the Soviet-illustrated comics "Introducing the Russian Revolution" or Rius' "Lenin for Beginners" better. Great appendix though.
Sara Kearns
May 01, 2008 Sara Kearns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
another one i have to re-read, and am super-excited to do so. it blew me away the first time, and i expect it will again. 'highly recommended. and i'd also recommend the film made about the book's author and his wife, "reds," with diane keaton, warren beatty, and jack nicholson. it's one of my favorites.
Thom Dunn
NOT A REVIEW

The movie Reds, loathed by many, is valuable for having both Jerzy Kosinski and Henry Miller in speaking parts, Kosinski as Trotsky, Miller as himself opining: "I think there was just as much fucking going on then as there is now..."
عدنان Karagholli
كتاب يتحدث عن ثورة اكتوبر ( الثورة الاشتراكية في روسيا القيصرية ) عام 1917 ساعة بساعة حيث كان المؤلف شاهدا على الثورة هو وزوجته وهما امريكيان يعملا بالصحافة فتراه يحضر ويعد تقارير الاجتماعات الخاصة بتاسيس السوفيتيات ويناقش الاحداث الاخرى التي تدور في الساحة وهنا يظهر التاثير القوي لتروتسكي ودوره الفكري والعملي في انجاح الثورة الذي غيب بعدها . يتبع المؤلف اسلوب علمي في تتابع الاحداث وتحليلها ابتداءا من الايام التي سبقت ومهدت للثورة وباسلوب مشوق كشف بشكل مبدع اهمية دراسة علم نفس الجماهير ونقل بشكل ...more
Tony Schmitt
Jun 22, 2015 Tony Schmitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written history, and it's great to have a first hand account of the October revolution that didn't have to be translated (thus ensuring nothing is lost in translation). It's also very illuminating how the anti-sovet propaganda began immediately spreading lies of unnecessary violence and dictatorial tendencies. But it seems to from this, and other readings and study, that the Bolsheviks did indeed represent the will of the people and were the legitimate government of the people of Russi ...more
David
Apr 27, 2014 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, kindle
After reading David Remnick's "Lenin's Tomb" about the fall of the Soviet Union, I thought reading about the USSR's origin would be appropriate. Reed's "Ten Days That a Shook the World" seemed like the right book to read. The book is disappointing because it reads more like a stream of thought than a narrative. Plus the version that I read - a public domain ebook - was poorly edited. I could not tell if I was reading a proclamation, an except of a speech or Reed's own words. Even so, the chaos, ...more
Jake M.
Mar 16, 2016 Jake M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a fascinating first-hand account of the Bolshevik rise to power in November of 1917. Jon Reed, an American journalist and communist sympathizer recounts his observations in Petrograd and Moscow as the pot-Tsar provisional government disintegrated and socialists parties vied for power. Reed evokes the sights, smells and frantic energy of charged meetings, conferences and violence as Russia turns red. While Reed's prose is clear and sometimes poetic, whole pages are devoted to speech excer ...more
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John Silas Reed, often referred to by his nickname, Jack, was an American journalist, poet & communist activist, remembered for his 1st-hand account of the Bolshevik Revolution, Ten Days that Shook the World. He was the 1st husband of the writer & feminist Louise Bryant.
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“Carlyle, in his French Revolution, has described the French people as distinguished above all others by their faculty of standing in queue. Russia had accustomed herself to the practice, begun in the reign of Nicholas the Blessed as long ago as 1915, and from then continued intermittently until the summer of 1917, when it settled down as the regular order of things.” 1 likes
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