Ten Days that Shook the World

John Reed (1887 - 1920)

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)

Genre(s): Modern (20th C)

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 00 - Preface Debra
Play 01 01 - Background TriciaG
Play 02 02 - The Coming Storm Gary Olman
Play 03 03 - On the Eve, Part 1 Slawek
Play 04 04 - On the Eve, Part 2 Sharon V.
Play 05 05 - The Fall of the Provisional Gov't, Part 1 Ross Williamson
Play 06 06 - The Fall of the Provisional Gov't, Part 2 TriciaG
Play 07 07 - Plunging Ahead, Part 1 Barbara Edelman
Play 08 08 - Plunging Ahead, Part 2 doonaboon
Play 09 09 - The Committee for Salvation Phil Benson
Play 10 10 - The Revolutionary Front Phil Benson
Play 11 11 - Counter-Revolution nlonghu
Play 12 12 - Victory Richard Beck
Play 13 13 - Moscow Richard Beck
Play 14 14 - The Conquest of Power, Part 1 Richard Beck
Play 15 15 - The Conquest of Power, Part 2 Richard Beck
Play 16 16 - The Peasants' Congress Simmy
Play 17 17 - Appendix to Chapter 1 TriciaG
Play 18 18 - Appendix to Chapter 2 TriciaG
Play 19 19 - Appendix to Chapters 3-4 TriciaG
Play 20 20 - Appendix to Chapters 5-8 TriciaG
Play 21 21 - Appendix to Chapters 9-10 TriciaG
Play 22 22 - Appendix to Chapter 11, Part 1 TriciaG
Play 23 23 - Appendix to Chapter 11, Part 2 & Chapter 12 TriciaG