Reed followed many of the prominent Bolshevik leaders, especially Grigory Zinoviev and Karl Radek, closely during his time in Russia. John Reed died in 1920, shortly after the book was finished, and he is one of the few Americans buried at the Kremlin Wall Necropolis in Moscow, a site normally reserved only for the most prominent Soviet leaders.
The Past is Becoming The Now in The United States
Uncanny how a revolution that transpired so long ago and subsequently failed could be a growing political scheme in the United States today.
The line about the peasant soldier arguing with the crowd and repeatedly saying in his defense " there are only two classes, the proletariat and the bourgeois " smacks of today's Progressives saying their are only two classes " the rich and the poor".
For those Progressives who vituperate the success of the rich are full of their own ordure. To think a political scenario that gives the illiterate masses the power is preferential to capitalism is pure odium.
Lenin lies in his cold grave with his rotting hands wrapped around a gewgaw. Long live Capitalism. And that's not just gasconading.
First hand account of the revolution
This is a very interesting book, albeit at times difficult to read (make sure you keep track of names and allegiances from the beginning). It provides a unique perspective on one of the most important events of the 20th century, the Russian revolution.
Note that this particular edition does not include any illustrations.
Ten Days that Shook the World
Terrible version. I am convinced that this is a Russian language text, run through an auto translator back into English making it choppy and incoherent. Which is crazy, because Reed was an exceptional writer and a gifted chronicler of the era. This copy was a waste of money.