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Ten Days that Shook the World (20th-Century Classics)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  2,107 ratings  ·  144 reviews
John Reed conveys, with the immediacy of cinema, the impression of a whole nation in ferment and disintegration. A contemporary journalist writing in the first flush of revolutionary enthusiasm, he gives us a record of the events in Petrograd in November 1917, when Lenin and the Bolsheviks finally siezed power. Containing verbatim reports both of speeches by leaders and th ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 7th 1990 by Penguin (first published 1919)
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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
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
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
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
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
Hajer Elmahdi
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
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.
Wael Sabsabi
The fact that an American socialist activist had risked his life and personally witnessed the historical events of the Bolshevik revolution is a good reason to consider this book an accurate rich piece of history...

"In the relations of a weak Government and a rebellious people there comes a time when every act of the authorities exasperates the masses, and every refusal to act excited their contempt."
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
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.
Jul 26, 2011 Claire added it
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
Greg Talbot
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
Gaurav Moghe
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
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
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.
Sara Kearns
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.
Max Nova
A friend recommended that I read this book and I'm glad I listened to his advice. But I'm not sure what I took away from "10 Days that Shook the World" other than a newfound respect for the contingency of history. For the most part, the book is a jumble of hundreds of Russian names and places, of confusion and bizarre situations. It certainly seems like between the violence and chaos in the streets, the shifting loyalties of the army and navy, the remnants of the old government and the many fact ...more
Thom Dunn

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..."
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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
Introduction, by A. J. P. Taylor
Introduction, by V. I. Lenin
Notes and Explanations

--Ten Days That Shook the World

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
Emiko Meyers
Extremely good book that gives a passioned accounting of politics in 1917.
Geoffrey Fox
This vivid first-hand reportage of the first ten days of Bolshevik power, from the seizure of the Winter Palace in Petrograd, 25 October 1917 (by the Julian or Old Style calendar, which corresponds to 7 November 1917 in the Gregorian or New Style calendar) to its consolidation in Moscow and gathering force in the rest of Russia, is strongly partisan, pro-Lenin and the Bolsheviks, but also scrupulously documented and honestly, frankly observed. Reed describes the appearance, voices and quirks of ...more
Well, okay, I skipped around quite a bit on this one, and I'll probably come back to sections of it. Really, for me, the introduction and first chapter were of the most interest. We all know what went down after the October Revolution; how the Bolsheviks quickly attempted to consolidate power, brokered the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with Germany which ceded the control of all countries of Eastern Europe from Russian claim, and fought a vicious civil war against the the 'Whites'. The beginning of Jo ...more
Paul Haspel
Those ten days of October 1917, during which the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia, truly did shake the world – and therefore John Reed’s 1919 book Ten Days That Shook the World is nothing if not well-named. Reed is a brilliant journalist and writer who has written a compelling book; and as far as I am concerned, he was dead wrong about virtually everything.

First, the good news. Reed is a careful observer and a fine writer with a gift for the compelling image, the well-turned phrase; he appeals
Brian Leach
The description above says the author provided a dispassionate observation of the Bolshevik revolution. That couldn't be farther from the truth. Author Reed was the most famous American socialist of his time and he very lovingly describes the actions of the Bolsheviks and their leaders. Lenin and Trotsky are regularly praised and positioned as messianic figures for the working class.

Those facts notwithstanding the book is a good historical account of what happened during that fateful time that w
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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.” 0 likes
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