Russia: Revolution and Civil War 1917-1921 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Between 1917 and 1921, a devastating struggle took place in Russia following the collapse of the Tsarist empire. Many regard this savage civil war as the most influential event of the modern era. An incompatible White alliance of moderate socialists and reactionary monarchists stood little chance against Trotsky's Red Army and Lenin's single-minded Communist dictatorship. Terror begat terror, which in turn led to even greater cruelty with man's inhumanity to man, woman and child. The struggle became a world war by proxy as Churchill deployed weaponry and troops from the British empire, while armed forces from the United States, France, Italy, Japan, Poland and Czechoslovakia played rival parts.
Using the most up-to-date scholarship and archival research, Antony Beevor, author of the acclaimed international best seller Stalingrad, assembles the complete picture in a gripping narrative that conveys the conflict through the eyes of everyone, from the worker on the streets of Petrograd to the cavalry officer on the battlefield and the woman doctor in an improvised hospital.
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|Listening Length||22 hours and 3 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||26 May 2022|
|Publisher||Weidenfeld & Nicolson|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 334 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1 in Russian History (Audible Books & Originals)
1 in History of Russia
1 in Revolution Histories
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The book is full of lies of omission. If you read this book counter it by reading Isaac Deutscher' biography on Trotsky. It's also useful to go to the source and read some of the primary material and make up your own mind.
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1 In the last sentence on page 72 there is a reference to Boris Alliluev renting a flat, I think the correct name is Sergei Alliluev (1866 - 1945), Stalin's father- in-law.
2 In paragraph 3 on page 156 "....Sovnarkom stopped using the old style Gregorian calendar. The country jumped thirteen days to be in line with the Julian calendar of the western world. " In fact it's the other way around as the Bolsheviks ditched the Julian calendar for the superior Gregorian one.
In the end the allies were marginal & probably get more space than they deserve, but you can witness the bellicosity of Churchill.
A 5 star text let down by the publisher's poor production values. It needs a dramatis personae and far, far more maps, and the index is laughably short.