The Russian Revolution

  • by S. A. Smith
  • Narrated by Suzanne Toren
  • 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This concise, accessible introduction provides an analytical narrative of the main events and developments in Soviet Russia between 1917 and 1936. It examines the impact of the revolution on society as a whole--on different classes, ethnic groups, the army, men and women, youth. Its central concern is to understand how one structure of domination was replaced by another. The book registers the primacy of politics, but situates political developments firmly in the context of massive economic, social, and cultural change. Since the fall of Communism there has been much reflection on the significance of the Russian Revolution. The book rejects the currently influential, liberal interpretation of the revolution in favor of one that sees it as rooted in the contradictions of a backward society which sought modernization and enlightenment and ended in political tyranny.

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Inaccessible ad a little scary

Would you try another book from S. A. Smith and/or Suzanne Toren?

Yes to the narrator, Toren, NO to S. A. Smith the author


What could S. A. Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not write a textbook for admirers of Communism.


Which scene was your favorite?

The scene at the end where the author sympathizes with the good intentions of Bolshevik butchers.


What character would you cut from The Russian Revolution?

Lenin, Stalin, the author?


Any additional comments?

It is quite dishearening, knowing what we know today, that the Russion Revolution shattered so many lives and convulsed and twisted a society of tens of millions into an unimaginably wretched state, that somoeone feels no compunction about writing a short history of these fateful events....from the perspective of teh perpetrators of the terror. While you read this trash, you are given little signals along the way....why is there barely any perspective of the disenfranchised, thte starved, families of the murdered?....are the bolsheviks really just responding to outside pressures the best they can?....until at the end when the author's conculsion pulls back the curtain and you find where the author's sympathies lie, with the idealists who were only trying make things better.

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- Frank

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios