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Publisher's Summary

History for busy people. Listen to a concise history of the Siege of Leningrad in just one hour.
In 1917 the world changed forever. One of the most influential and contentious events in recent history, the Russian Revolution unleashed the greatest political experiment ever conducted, one which continues to influence both Eastern and Western politics today. The Russian Revolution: History in an Hour neatly covers all the major facts and events giving you a clear and straightforward overview: from the circumstances behind the rise of Lenin and the Bolsheviks, to the consequences of their struggle for a new socialist utopia. The Russian Revolution: History in an Hour is engagingly written and accessible for all history lovers. Love your history? Find out about the world with History in an Hour….
©2012 Rupert Colley (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Critic Reviews

"If the past is a foreign country, History in an Hour is like a high-class tour operator, offering delightfully enjoyable short breaks in the rich and diverse continent of our shared past." (Dominic Sandbrook)
"The practice of History is ever-evolving, and the History In An Hour idea brings it back up to date for the digital age." (Andrew Roberts, Bookseller)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Etienne on 08-15-12

Must read

I had no idea what to expect when I downloaded this book, good or bad. This was a very satisfying read : tightly-packed information, yet very clearly written and narrated. I enjoyed the fact that there is a good amount of info on the years leading to the Revolution giving me a good feel for the social and political background. There are not many superfluous details or anecdotes, as one might expect from an 80 minute-short review of a historical event that spanned over almost a year. Overall a must read for people who, like me, are looking for an introduction on the subject : short, informative, to the point, and paints a good overall picture and, in my case, has triggered the need to read more on the topic.

Only negative point : the narrator's pronunciation of Russian names was sloppy to the point where it was hard to understand what was being said.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Ed on 03-02-15

Awesome history lessons

Why did my college professors not teach history with such an interesting presentation? Maybe they should listen to these history lessons themselves. I totally recommend this to everyone.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Felixcat on 11-08-15

Great Value for £1.75!

Would recommend it to all; the best value, a lot of history for the price of a bus ticket!

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By D. Payne on 11-29-17

It's exactly what it says it is. No more, no less.

This is a quick, cheap primer for anyone wanting to get the basics about the Russian Revolution. It's only really of use to anyone who knows little to nothing about the subject, but it's not pretending otherwise, and does a fine job of that.

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