Ten Days That Shook the World is a first hand account of the
October Revolution in Russia in 1917, written by American
journalist and socialist John Reed. Ironically the book was banned
in both the US and Russia, being too socialistic for Americans and
not Stalinist enough for Stalin. Yet it holds up as one of the best
books of the 20th century. Reed wrote the book in a white heat over
the course of a few weeks, with nothing but a scattering of notes,
pamphlets, and a little Russian dictionary. Ten Days that Shook the
World is a snapshot in time, one that depicts an episode in history
with great vividness and detail. Perhaps it's good that it was
banned for a time, as it would have otherwise been spun to death
with propaganda from all sides. Now, almost a century later, it can
be read and enjoyed with a much cooler head by everyone.
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