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Petrograd, 1917

Witnesses to the Russian Revolution

The 1917 Bolshevik Revolution irrevocably changed the course of history, with consequences still being felt a century later. This book offers a dramatic depiction of the chaotic events of the revolution, drawn from selected firsthand accounts.

Assembling extracts from letters, journals, diaries, and memoirs from a remarkably diverse cast of both Russians and foreign nationals who were there when the revolution broke, Petrograd, 1917 is a strikingly close-up account of these world-shaking events. Each entry is supplemented with a short introductory note that sets it in context, and the book is rounded out with more than seventy illustrations, including photographs of the Romanovs and the violence in the streets as well as propaganda posters, postcards to loved ones, and more. In these pages, the drama and terror of those days comes to life once more, a century on.

304 pages | 32 color plates, 44 halftones | 6 1/4 x 9 1/3 | © 2017

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"This gripping book takes us right back to what it was like to have been in Petrograd (later Leningrad, later St. Petersburg) as the world-shaking revolutionary events unfolded. . . . Pinfold takes us through the extraordinary narrative almost day-by-day. One moment we’re witnessing Lenin making speeches in the snow, the next with Tsar Nicolas II as he faces execution. This is invaluable eye-witness history at its very best."

Andrew Roberts, author of Napoleon the Great

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