Synopses & Reviews
"The narrative of Six Red Months in Russia is engrossing and vivid.
While few might admit it, many historians of this period seem to have
relied more heavily on [Louise] Bryant's account than on [husband
John Reed's] Ten Days. Her sweep was large: she described her journey
into Russia, conditions in Petrograd, the tense atmosphere at the
Winter Palace before its overthrow, the formation of the constituent
assembly, the state of the military camps, free speech in the new
regime, the decline of the church, and even her journey out of Russia
by way of Sweden. Little escaped her eye." From the new preface by
"Miss Bryant appears a demure and pretty girl, with a large hat, a stylish
suit and gray stockings. Her voice is high but has a plaintive note to
it. She amuses the crowd, because, with the air of an ingénue, she hurls
darts at Government departments, holds people up to ridicule, and
with a fearful voice appeals to American fair play to be just to a beneficent
Bolshevist Government and give it a chance....In the burst of
applause the demure little speaker sits down." The New York Times,
"Despite her exposure to the Russian revolution, Louise has changed
little....Aside from the George Sand haircut, she is the same little radicalist
and vigorous performer that left Portland three years ago."
The Oregonian, April 3, 1919
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