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Red Mutiny: Eleven Fateful Days on the Battleship Potemkinby Neal Bascomb
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In 2001 he brought us Higher, recounting the legendary skyscraper race that birthed the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building and in doing so defined an age and, eventually, a city. In 2004 he hit the New York Times bestseller list with The Perfect Mile, the novelistic retelling of the quest for the 4-minute mile. Now, in Red Mutiny, Neal Bascomb focuses his considerable storytelling talents to the famous mutiny on the Battleship Potemkin. In 1905, as revolution swept across Russia, a band of sailors, led by the charismatic firebrand Matiushenko, seized command of one of the world's most powerful battleships. Suffering from a life barely worth living--a life of hard labor and bitter oppression--the sailors felt compelled to bloodily rebel against their officers. Against any reasonable odds of success, the sailors turned revolutionaries risked their lives to make their stand and fly the red flag of revolution. For the next eleven days, they endeavored to spark a national uprising while the Tsar's navy, operating under orders to sink the Potemkin on sight, hunted them down in a harrowing port-to-port chase. In their struggle to survive, the sailors came to symbolize the Russian Revolution itself. A pulse-quickening story that alternates between the opulent court of Nicholas II and the razor's edge tension aboard the Potemkin, Red Mutiny is a tale threaded with terrific adventure, epic naval battles, heroic sacrifices, treachery, bloodlust, and a rallying cry of freedom that would steer the course of the twentieth century. It is also a fine work of scholarship that draws on the Soviet archives to shed new light on this seminal event in Russian and naval history.
A pulse-quickening story that alternates between the opulent court of Nicholas II and the razor's-edge tension aboard the Russian Navy ship "Potemkin, Red Mutiny" is a tale threaded with terrific adventure, epic naval battles, bloodlust, and a rallying cry to freedom that would steer the course of the 20th century. Unabridged. 11 CDs.
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