Ten Days That Shook the World

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Ten Days That Shook the World is John Reed's eyewitness account of the Russian Revolution. As a contemporary journalist writing in the first flush of revolutionary enthusiasm, he gives a gripping record of the events in Petrograd in November 1917 (modern calendar) when Lenin and the Bolsheviks finally seized power. Containing verbatim reports both of speeches by leaders and the chance comments of bystanders, set against a backcloth of proletariat, soldiers, sailors and peasants uniting to throw off the chains of oppression, Reed's account is the product of passionate involvement and remains an unsurpassed classic of reporting.

It was published in 1919 in the United States of America and by the Communist Party of Great Britain in 1926.