Ten Days That Shook the World

John Reed
Introduced by A. J. P. Taylor
Foreword by V. I. Lenin
Preface by John Simpson

John Reed’s immersive eyewitness account of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.

The Bolshevik Revolution that would sweep away the old order, end Russian involvement in the First World War and set Communism in motion took place over just a few days in October and November 1917. A young American journalist, John Reed, witnessed the stirring events taking place and was swept along with them – entering the Winter Palace alongside Bolshevik troops. His celebrated account, written in the flush of revolutionary zeal, sizzles with breathless energy as Reed paces the streets of Petrograd, talking to workers, peasants newly arrived from the country and soldiers on leave. He attends meetings, picks up handbills and records sounds, sights – even smells – with impressionistic immediacy. His observations of Lenin, ‘dressed in shabby clothes, his trousers much too long for him’, or Trotsky, ‘fiery, indefatigable, giving orders, answering questions’, provide a fascinating portrait of those larger-than-life figures.

Bound in blocked cloth, printed with a design by Neil Gower 

Set in Utopia

400 pages

Frontispiece and 16 pages of black & white plates

Printed map endpapers

Plain slipcase

9½˝ × 6¼˝

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