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The Russian Revolution Audiobook

The Russian Revolution: A New History

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In The Russian Revolution, acclaimed historian Sean McMeekin traces the events that ended Romanov rule, ushered the Bolsheviks into power, and introduced communism to the world.

Between 1917 and 1922, Russia underwent a complete and irreversible transformation. Taking advantage of the collapse of the Tsarist regime in the middle of World War I, the Bolsheviks staged a hostile takeover of the Russian Imperial Army, promoting mutinies and mass desertions of men in order to fulfill Lenin's program of turning the "imperialist war" into civil war. By the time the Bolsheviks had snuffed out the last resistance five years later, over 20 million people had died, and the Russian economy had collapsed so completely that communism had to be temporarily abandoned. Still, Bolshevik rule was secure, owing to the new regime's monopoly on force, enabled by illicit arms deals signed with capitalist neighbors such as Germany and Sweden, who sought to benefit - politically and economically - from the revolutionary chaos in Russia.

Drawing on scores of previously untapped files from Russian archives and a range of other repositories in Europe, Turkey, and the United States, McMeekin delivers exciting, groundbreaking research about this turbulent era. The first comprehensive history of these momentous events in two decades, The Russian Revolution combines cutting-edge scholarship and a fast-paced narrative to shed new light on one of the most significant turning points of the 20th century.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Sean McMeekin (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 08-24-17
    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 08-24-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Overview"

    This book gave a thorough understanding of events leading up to and immediately after the revolution. I recommend it as a quick way to get a solid understanding of this important period of recent history.

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    D. Surrett 07-27-17
    D. Surrett 07-27-17
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    If you could sum up The Russian Revolution in three words, what would they be?

    I would describe The Russian Revolution as intriguing, interesting, and eye-opening. I didn't realize how large of a part Trotsky played, and how minor a part Stalin played.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author was able to use documents and archives that have only become available since the fall of Communism, so parts of it told a different story than they would have before the 1990s.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the first book concerning the Russian Revolution I've read. I've seen many documentaries on the time period in Russia, ranging from a series on the Romanov Dynasty to a multi-part series that focused on the revolution itself, with series and individual shows about WW1 and Rasputin thrown in, but McMeekin's book did a great job of tying them all together. I'd highly recommend it for anyone who wants to learn about one of the events that helped shape the world over the last 100 years. A few (brief) parts of it got a little dry, but that's to be expected of almost any book that goes beneath the surface of history. There were a few parts where the author presented things as fact that needed some documentation or elaboration, but they weren't critical areas. I'll look for other audiobooks by him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John R. Blackburn Jr. Santa Clara, CA USA 07-04-17
    John R. Blackburn Jr. Santa Clara, CA USA 07-04-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Very accurate account of the 1917 Bolshevik coup"
    Where does The Russian Revolution rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top. Extremely well researched and written, using Soviet archives first released after the collapse of the USSR. Dispenses with the politically correct analyses of earlier "historical" research and concisely presents the facts, most of them quite depressing and even alarming.


    What other book might you compare The Russian Revolution to and why?

    Robert Conquest has written several great histories of the decades after the revolution (the Stalinist terror of the 1930s onward, the Soviet-instigated Ukrainian famine of the early 1930s,etc). But McMeekin's book focuses on the early years of the revolution itself.


    Have you listened to any of Pete Larkin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time. Excellent narration.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Quite a few.


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    julian 10-11-17
    julian 10-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Too opinionated to be a good history "

    While filled with interesting economic statistics, the political analysis is biased in the extreme. The use of sources is spotty at best (including a dubious claim that Jack Reed was paid a million rubels to write 10 Days That Shooks the World). I understand it is very hard to have an objective view of something so divisive as the Russian Revolution. However, as this author explicitly claims in the introduction to be doing that, and ends in his epilogue with a boiler plate condemnation not just of communism, but of state economic regulation in general, I would caution people to understand that this history (like most histories to be fair) has a big ol’ axe to grind.

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    ESB VA, United States 10-01-17
    ESB VA, United States 10-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth reading"

    What I liked most is that this book published information that dispelled a lot of beliefs that were considered facts before the wall fell. Russia was not the backwards country that bore communism, but actually on the rise. I can see a lot of parallels between how Lenin wrest control during the Revolution and what is going on with the far left today...lot of the same tactics. New Rasputin facts also publicized. Really reshaped my view of the revolution. Sometimes does get confusing keeping track of all the players. Would love to have a quick reference sheet in the audible app in which I could refresh my memory--hard to search for someone without an index in an audible book.

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    Teresa NEWTON, NJ, United States 09-13-17
    Teresa NEWTON, NJ, United States 09-13-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Professor 's class notes"
    Has The Russian Revolution turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Of course not. There are many much finer examples.


    Any additional comments?

    The personality of a vibrant teacher may actually inspire students. Peter Larkin fails badly.

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    Jared Cohn 08-24-17
    Jared Cohn 08-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great wealth of info. "

    Excellent wealth of information. A clear anti communist bias from the writer. Nonetheless covers all major details of transition from monarchy to communism thoroughly.

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