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The Russian Revolution had a decisive impact on the history of the 20th century. In the years following the collapse of the Soviet regime and the opening of its archives, it has become possible to step back and see the full picture. 

Starting with an overview of the roots of the revolution, Fitzpatrick takes the story from 1917, through Stalin's "revolution from above", to the great purges of the 1930s. She tells a gripping story of a Marxist revolution that was intended to transform the world, visited enormous suffering on the Russian people, and, like the French Revolution before it, ended up by devouring its own children. 

This updated edition contains a fully revised introduction to address the centenary, and what it all means in retrospect.

©2017 Sheila Fitzpatrick (P)2020 Upfront Books

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  • 03-20-21

A good introduction to revolutionary Russia

The book shows a good range of themes and provides great context in explaining the revolution

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  • 05-08-22

Decent book, awful narration

I only listened to this book for an hour then had to stop. The book itself is interesting and well written and I will try reading the rest of it. I had to stop listening though because the narration was unbearable...I thought from the sample that it might be okay (it sounded a bit fast but a pleasant English voice rather than one of those American ones that sound like a robot) but it started to grate more and more.

The narrater speaks way too fast and demonstrated no understanding of, or feeling for, the material. Even slowing it down didn't help...he didn't even pause properly for punctuation. How do these books get narrated so badly...where's the quality control? This would have been a pleasure to listen to if someone like Peter Noble, Leighton Pugh, or Sean Barratt had narrated...a real shame.