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The October Revolution happened in November 1917. Later Soviet propaganda 'proved' it was 'the will of the people', but few know that the brutal rebellion, which killed millions and raised Lenin's numerically tiny Bolshevik Party to power, was made possible by massive injections of German money laundered through a Swedish bank and a shady arms dealer who had made a fortune in the Balkan wars.

The so-called 'workers' and peasants' revolution' has a cast of millions, of which the three stars were neither workers nor peasants. Nor were they Russian. Lenin was a dissident Tatar named Ulyanov; Trotsky was a bourgeois Ukrainian Jew; Stalin was a seminary-educated Georgian undercover agent of the Okhrana secret police who never did speak Russian well. In this timely publication, Douglas Boyd shows how this still-flying banner of revolution changed the world.

©2017 Douglas Boyd (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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  • Mark Houghton
  • 08-20-18

harrowing, informative, necessary education

as the title infers, red October is a relatively dry account of the Russian revolution. despite the subject matter, the narrator does a sterling job of presenting it, with the last four chapters in particular being more fast paced and easier to digest. this book should be mandatory reading alongside a history of Nazi Germany. it is in all ways horrific, informative and interesting. a disturbing look into one of the most destructive regimes in world history.