Caught in the Revolution

Caught in the Revolution

Petrograd, Russia, 1917-- A World on the Edge

Book - 2017
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Caught in the Revolution is Helen Rappaport's telling of the outbreak of the Russian Revolution through eye-witness accounts left by foreign nationals who saw the drama unfold. Between the first revolution in February 1917 and Lenin's Bolshevik coup in October, Petrograd (the former St. Petersburg) was in turmoil--felt nowhere more keenly than on the fashionable Nevsky Prospekt. There, the foreign visitors who filled hotels, clubs, bars and embassies were acutely aware of the chaos breaking out on their doorsteps and beneath their windows. Among this disparate group were journalists, diplomats, businessmen, bankers, governesses, volunteer nurses and expatriate socialites. Many kept diaries and wrote letters home: from an English nurse who had already survived the sinking of the Titanic; to the black valet of the US Ambassador, far from his native Deep South; to suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, who had come to Petrograd to inspect the indomitable Women's Death Battalion led by Maria Bochkareva.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781250056641
Branch Call Number: 947.084 RAP 2017
Characteristics: xxvi, 430 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm


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Apr 18, 2019

Ridiculous that the reviewer calls Rappaport's book "frivolous" and considers Reed's fabrication superior. Reed completely misunderstood and misrepresented the situation.

Apr 16, 2017

A very readable account of events in 1917 that led to the overthrow of the Czarist regime. Unlike a lot of historians, who write in dense prose, this writer has an easy way with words that draws the reader into her story. She features the accounts of lesser-known persons who watched the rioting as it began in the streets (nurses from Canada and England, for example) and that emphasis on 'ordinary' people makes the book very accessible, even for someone with little prior knowledge of the events.

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