The Russian Revolution

  • by Sean McMeekin
  • Narrated by Pete Larkin
  • 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In The Russian Revolution, acclaimed historian Sean McMeekin traces the events that ended Romanov rule, ushered the Bolsheviks into power, and introduced communism to the world.
Between 1917 and 1922, Russia underwent a complete and irreversible transformation. Taking advantage of the collapse of the Tsarist regime in the middle of World War I, the Bolsheviks staged a hostile takeover of the Russian Imperial Army, promoting mutinies and mass desertions of men in order to fulfill Lenin's program of turning the "imperialist war" into civil war. By the time the Bolsheviks had snuffed out the last resistance five years later, over 20 million people had died, and the Russian economy had collapsed so completely that communism had to be temporarily abandoned. Still, Bolshevik rule was secure, owing to the new regime's monopoly on force, enabled by illicit arms deals signed with capitalist neighbors such as Germany and Sweden, who sought to benefit - politically and economically - from the revolutionary chaos in Russia.
Drawing on scores of previously untapped files from Russian archives and a range of other repositories in Europe, Turkey, and the United States, McMeekin delivers exciting, groundbreaking research about this turbulent era. The first comprehensive history of these momentous events in two decades, The Russian Revolution combines cutting-edge scholarship and a fast-paced narrative to shed new light on one of the most significant turning points of the 20th century.

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Very accurate account of the 1917 Bolshevik coup

Where does The Russian Revolution rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the top. Extremely well researched and written, using Soviet archives first released after the collapse of the USSR. Dispenses with the politically correct analyses of earlier "historical" research and concisely presents the facts, most of them quite depressing and even alarming.


What other book might you compare The Russian Revolution to and why?

Robert Conquest has written several great histories of the decades after the revolution (the Stalinist terror of the 1930s onward, the Soviet-instigated Ukrainian famine of the early 1930s,etc). But McMeekin's book focuses on the early years of the revolution itself.


Have you listened to any of Pete Larkin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First time. Excellent narration.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Quite a few.


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- John R. Blackburn Jr.

Exceptional story

Although at times it was very dry and hard to follow as an Audio book, I was impressed with the accuracy and complexity of the story. In print I might not have finished reading the book, or would have skipped some of the chapters. However I would also have had the opportunity to pause and research a name, location or political group with the printed text available to look up.

Overall, I was very happy with this purchase.
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- Karl Clark

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-03-2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio