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Book Review: Ten Days That Shook the World, by John Reed
John Reed was an American journalist based in Petrograd during the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. His narrative is quite compelling when it's detailed, describing first-hand his trips around the city and beyond, discovering the latest developments, chaos, danger and enthusiasm. It works less well when he describes events from a distance, when his self-acknowledged loyalties show themselves in the somewhat stilted and stereotypical language of the Left, where Bolshevik is good and anything else is bad.

Perhaps just as biased in this edition is A J P Taylor's introduction, which does not exactly whet one's appetite for the book. It's not difficult to see why the copyright holders vetoed its inclusion in Penguin's original edition. One interesting point he does highlight is that the most prominent figure in the book is probably Trotsky; Lenin is always enigmatic, and Stalin hardly features at all.


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From: (Anonymous) Date: March 3rd, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Because Trotzky did the revolution, Stalin at the time was busy in the slammer, I believe, in Georgia and Lenin was in Germany- eventually helped to return to Russia care of the Prussians' good services.
Eventually Lenin had the upper hand and Trotzky had to leave the morcel to Lenin . As the scenario goes a Revolution always ends up eating its children, so Trotzky was assasinated allright.
All that Stalin had to do was to wait as he knew that Lenin would die soon.
The rest of the history is better documented.

The problem with communist history is that it has always been re-written and cosmeticised to give the impression that Lenin was there first on the scene and Stalin was with him - false!
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