Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, Russia, 1917

Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, Russia, 1917

A World on the Edge

eBook - 2017
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Romanov Sisters, Caught in the Revolution is Helen Rappaport's masterful telling of the outbreak of the Russian Revolution through eye-witness accounts left by foreign nationals who saw the drama unfold.

Between the first revolution in February 1917 and Lenin's Bolshevik coup in October, Petrograd (the former St Petersburg) was in turmoil – felt nowhere more keenly than on the fashionable Nevsky Prospekt. There, the foreign visitors who filled hotels, clubs, offices and embassies were acutely aware of the chaos breaking out on their doorsteps and beneath their windows.

Among this disparate group were journalists, diplomats, businessmen, bankers, governesses, volunteer nurses and expatriate socialites. Many kept diaries and wrote letters home: from an English nurse who had already survived the sinking of the Titanic; to the black valet of the US Ambassador, far from his native Deep South; to suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, who had come to Petrograd to inspect the indomitable Women's Death Battalion led by Maria Bochkareva.

Helen Rappaport draws upon this rich trove of material, much of it previously unpublished, to carry us right up to the action – to see, feel and hear the Revolution as it happened to an assortment of individuals who suddenly felt themselves trapped in a "red madhouse."

Publisher: St. Martin's Press


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Apr 16, 2017

A very readable account of events in 1917 that led to the overthrow of the Czarist regime. Unlike a lot of historians, who write in dense prose, this writer has an easy way with words that draws the reader into her story. She features the accounts of lesser-known persons who watched the rioting as it began in the streets (nurses from Canada and England, for example) and that emphasis on 'ordinary' people makes the book very accessible, even for someone with little prior knowledge of the events.


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