Synopses & Reviews
"Brilliant and entertaining."and#8212;The New York Times Book Review
This first-person chronicle by John Reed, a legendary journalist who was present at the flash point of the Russian Revolution in 1917, provides an intense and informativeand#160;eyewitness account of one of the greatest events of the twentieth century.
Capturing the spirit of those heady days of excitement and idealism, Reed's true-to-life account follows many of the prominent Bolshevik leaders, as well as vividly capturing the mood of the masses. Verbatim reports of speeches by leaders, and comments of bystanders and#8212; set against an idealized backdrop of the proletariat united with soldiers, sailors, and peasants and#8212; are balanced by passionate narratives describing the fall of the provisional government, the assault on the Winter Palace, and Lenin's seizure of power.
Accompanied by contemporaneous photographs, this gripping record by a western journalist has been acclaimed worldwide since its first publication in 1919. Endorsed by Lenin as a "truthful and most vivid exposition," the work was the basis for the Academy Award-winning 1981 film Reds.
The basis for the Academy Awardwinning 1981 film Reds,
Reed's classic eyewitness account captures the opening days of the Russian Revolution. His passionately involved narrative describes the fall of the provisional government, the assault on the Winter Palace, Lenin's seizure of power, and other tumultuous events. "Brilliant and entertaining." The New York Times Book Review
. 16 illustrations.
Reed's passionately involved narrative captures the opening days of the Russian Revolution, the fall of the provisional government, the assault on the Winter Palace, Lenin's seizure of power, and other tumultuous events.
Table of Contents
Notes and Explanations
Chapter I. Background
Chapter II. The Coming Storm
Chapter III. On the Eve
Chapter IV. The Fall of the Provisional Government
Chapter V. Plunging Ahead
Chapter VI. The Committee for Salvation
Chapter VII. The Revolutionary Front
Chapter VIII. Counter-Revolution
Chapter IX. Victory
Chapter X. Moscow
Chapter XI. The Conquest of Power
Chapter XII. The Peasants' Congress