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Ten Days that Shook the World

John Reed

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History

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Ten Days that Shook the World (1919) is a book by American journalist and socialist John Reed about the October Revolution in Russia in 1917 which Reed experienced firsthand. 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. Max Eastman recalls a meeting with John Reed in the middle of Sheridan Square during the period of time when Reed isolated himself writing the book: "...he wrote Ten Days that Shook the World - wrote it in another ten days and ten nights or little more. He was gaunt, unshaven, greasy-skinned, a stark sleepless half-crazy look on his slightly potato-like face - had come down after a night's work for a cup of coffee. 'Max, don't tell anybody where I am. I'm writing the Russian revolution in a book. I've got all the placards and papers up there in a little room and a Russian dictionary, and I'm working all day and all night. I haven't shut my eyes for thirty-six hours. I'll finish the whole thing in two weeks. And I've got a name for it too - Ten Days that Shook the World. Good-by, I've got to go get some coffee. Don't for God's sake tell anybody where I am!' Do you wonder I emphasize his brains? Not so many feats can be found in American literature to surpass what he did there in those two or three weeks in that little room with those piled-up papers in a half-known tongue, piled clear up to the ceiling, and a small dog-eared dictionary, and a memory, and a determination to get it right, and a gorgeous imagination to paint it when he go it. But I wanted to comment on now was the unqualified, concentrated joy in his mad eyes that morning. He was doing what he was made to do, writing a great book. And he had a name for it too - Ten Days that Shook the World!" (From Wikipedia)

Language:

English

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LibriVox Community

Length:

14h 42m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

36:52


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

32:27


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

55:59


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

33:33


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

36:38


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

43:04


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

34:31


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

40:21


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

35:52


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

46:17


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

38:51


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

42:49


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

48:08


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

31:05


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

34:16


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

32:27


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

40:25


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

16:28


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

49:42


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

29:20


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

43:23


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

19:00


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

32:45


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

28:14