Ten Days That Shook The World


LeftWord Books, 1920

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“Adventure it was, and one of the most marvellous mankind ever embarked upon, sweeping into history at the head of the toiling masses, and staking everything on their vast and simple desires. Already the machinery had been set up by which the land of the great estates could be distributed among the peasants.” – John Reed John Reed’s Ten Days that Shook the World, published in 1922, is a gripping account of the Russian Revolution that took place just years earlier in the midst of World War I. Of course, nobody knew at the time just how important the Russian Revolution would be geopolitically, especially with the advent of the Cold War less than 25 years later. Reed’s account was firsthand; as a journalist, he was in Russia when the Revolution transpired. The book was popular and influential enough that it made the rounds among Russia’s leadership, with Stalin himself arguing against some of Reed’s theses.

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.