Ten Days That Shook The World

John Reed

Introduction by P. Sainath


LeftWord Books, 2017

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The stirring eyewitness account of an epochal revolution.

By one of the great reporters of all time.

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‘The authenticity of [John Reed’s] writing on the revolution gained from its being a first-hand, eyewitness account. Seen from the streets and barricades, drawn from the meeting halls and fiery debates. Acute powers of observation, aligned always with a sensitivity towards ordinary people. Not “experts”. . . . Ten Days That Shook the World . . . raised questions, it carved out a kind of journalism that would allow the marginalised in society to be heard in their own voice. It inspired readers, rebels, revolutionaries.’ — P. Sainath

‘[John Reed] rushed into the centre of wars and revolutions, strikes and demonstrations, with the eye of a movie camera, before there was one, and the memory of a tape recorder, before that existed. He made history come alive for the readers of popular magazines and impoverished radical monthlies.’ — Howard Zinn

John Reed

John Silas Reed (October 22, 1887 – October 17, 1920), affectionately called ‘Jack’ by his friends, was an American journalist, poet, and socialist. He was married to feminist and socialist Louise Bryant. Sergei Eisenstein’s silent feature October: Ten Days That Shook the World (1927) is based on Reed’s book. Reed is the subject of Warren Beatty’s multiple Oscar-winning Reds (1981), with Beatty himself playing Reed, Diane Keaton appearing as Bryant and Jack Nicholson as Eugene O’Neill. Reed not only experienced the October Revolution first-hand, but he was also in heat of the 1911 Mexican Revolution—which he wrote about in Insurgent Mexico (1914). Reed is one of only three Americans buried at the Kremlin Wall Necropolis in Moscow.

P. Sainath

Palagummi Sainath (born 1957), one of India’s best-known journalists, is the founding editor of People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI). He was The Hindu’s Rural Affairs Editor till 2014. Previously, he worked at Blitz and United News of India. He has lectured and taught at various institutions, including the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. Sainath is the author of the bestselling Everybody Loves a Good Drought. He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including, in 2007, the Ramon Magsaysay Award. Two documentary films on his work, Nero’s Guests and A Tribe of his Own, have received over 20 international awards.