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Red Mutiny by Neal Bascomb
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Jun 17, 2012

really liked it
Read in June, 2012

Fascinating book covering the Russian mutiny in 1905 on board the country's greatest battleship of the time, Battleship Potemkin. I enjoyed the book for its historical perspective - the mutiny acted as a catalyst to revolution in Russia to depose the brutal monarchy of Czar Nicholas II. The mutineers often reminded me of the founding fathers of the United States. They wanted the same basic rights and liberties.

I also enjoyed the book for his drama and excitement. Great battleships squaring off against each other in the Black Sea, mutineers taking over the ship by force, fighting to stay alive, courage and heroism all mark this book. I am amazed at the staggering levels of denial, repression, self-absorption to which the czar and his cronies stooped to maintain power.

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