Read: May 2004
In trying to delineate a consistent argument, historians tend to forget that what really makes a time and place are the sights, sounds and smells of ordinary lives. That is the wonder of this book. It takes you inside the Russian Revolution. Not from an intellectual or factual perspective, but from a real perspective of living through the events as they happen. In no other work can you see the graffiti on walls, feel the fervour of excitement emanating from the people around you, smell the chaos and determination of a society destroying itself from the inside out, so as to re-mould it on a new footing. The author was an American Journalist with Bolshevik leanings and his access-all-areas authority brings you into the melee of revolution in a way that secondary texts never could.
7.5 out of 10