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“Caught in the Revolution” observes the chaos and cruelty of the 1917 Russian Revolution from the perspective of Petrograd’s expatriate community, primarily Americans and Brits. The expats, mostly diplomats, journalists and bankers, are rarely the targets of street violence, and they make their way to their jobs and dinners without much harassment—although there are multiple scenes in which they flatten themselves on the street to avoid the bullets flying around them. The expats are sympathetic to their Russian friends and colleagues and increasingly distressed by the inability of the Russian leadership to save their own country from a brutal, dismal future.
The book is exceedingly well written, holding the reader’s attention with its focus on several key individuals like the British ambassador and his wife and an almost reckless American journalist and photographer. Xe Sands was a superb narrator, reading with deep empathy and clarity.
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Where does Caught in the Revolution rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
So what was it like being in the capitol of Russia in the early days of the 1917-18 revolution? Rappaport tells that story in a well researched but very readable book. I read this right after reading a novel about restoring the Romanov throne - good pair!
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Steve Berry's novel on the Romanovs
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