Press Release: Ten Days That Shook the World
Preface by John Simpson
Introduced by A. J. P. Taylor
Foreword by V. I. Lenin
‘Reed’s book is not only the best account of the
Bolshevik Revolution, it comes near to being the best account of any revolution’
A. J. P. TAYLOR from the introduction
The Bolshevik Revolution that would sweep away the old order, end Russian involvement in the First World War and set Communism in motion took place over just a few days in October and November 1917. A young American journalist, John Reed, witnessed the stirring events taking place and was swept along with them – entering the Winter Palace alongside Bolshevik troops. His celebrated account, written in the flush of revolutionary zeal, sizzles with breathless energy as Reed paces the streets of Petrograd, talking to workers, peasants newly arrived from the country and soldiers on leave. He attends meetings, picks up handbills and records sounds, sights – even smells – with impressionistic immediacy.
Reed wanted to capture ‘the spirit which animated the people, and how the leaders looked, talked and acted’ and he succeeded, for he was a talented writer and a conscientious journalist. Reading his book is to plunge into those tumultuous days, when the world was close to chaos and yet filled with passion for the possibility of change. Reed died before he could witness the disintegration of Communist ideals, the purges and economic failures. Had he lived, no doubt he would have been a victim himself – ‘He was too honest a reporter,’ comments John Simpson, ‘to keep quiet about things he knew were false.’
This edition, published to commemorate the centenary, features 16 pages of plates and a frontispiece, including striking images of Petrograd during the upheaval. Neil Gower has created hand drawn maps for the endpapers, and the binding design is based on an original revolutionary poster.
Bound in cloth, printed and blocked with a design based on a poster from the 1917 Russian Revolution. Set in Utopia with Antique Olive display. 400 pages. Frontispiece and 16 pages of black & white plates. 9½” x 6¼”. Slipcased.
UK £36.95 US $59.95 Can $74.95 Aus $74.95
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