What are the best books about the Russian Revolution?

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    #1Ten Days That Shook the World

    Ten Days That Shook the World
    Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed is this journalist's eyewitness account of the Russian Revolution. Writing in the first flush of revolutionary enthusiasm, he gives a gripping record of the events in Petrograd in November 1917.
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    Carlos Zúñiga
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "I just finished reading Ten Days That Shook the World and I thought it was intriguing. If you like learning about history, you will probably enjoy reading this book."
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    #2The Last of the Tsars

    The Last of the Tsars

    The Last of the Tsars: Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution by Robert Service, tells the tale of the last Tsar of All the Russias, who abdicated in March 1917 and caused the fall of the dynasty that had ruled for three centuries.

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    Arjun Kapoor
    Written on July 6, 2017
    "I knew nothing about the Russian Revolution until I read this book. This is a very good read if you want to find out about the last Tsar who ruled Russia and what caused him to be the very last one."
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    #3History of the Russian Revolution

    History of the Russian Revolution
    History of the Russian Revolution by Leon Trotsky offers an unparalleled account of one of the most pivotal and hotly debated events in world history. This book presents the liberating character of the early Russian Revolution.
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    Aarav Mittal
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "Let's just say that I didn't make it to every History class so I've been trying to catch up lately. This was a lot of material but it was presented exceptionally. It's thought to be the best and most prominent telling of the Russian Revolution and I tend to agree (with my limited knowledge). Not a "fun" read but it was worthwhile indeed."
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    #4A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution

    A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution
    A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1891-1924 by Orlando Figes is a profound account of the Russian Revolution for a new generation that presents a panorama of Russian society on the eve of that revolution. 
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    Gerald Evans
    Written on May 10, 2017
    "I think this is a fantastic resource, and even though it's only a 'point of view' this point of view was written after the event. Therefore, despite being one person's written account, he takes other people's views in shaping the book."
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    #5Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    Animal Farm is a short novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a farm that's taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality, but a revolution starts to show. 
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    Tomás Navarrete
    Written on March 12, 2017
    "Animal Farm doesn't focus specifically about the Russian Revolution but it does have good insight into the potential dangers of totalitarianism. Reading this book gave me a better understanding on how the rulers of Russia were able to manipulate the masses."
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    #6The House of Special Purpose

    The House of Special Purpose

    The House of Special Purpose is a historical fiction set during the Romanov family era of Russia written by John Boyne. With over 400 pages, this book is published in 2009 by Other Press.

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    Brittany Vargas
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I wouldn't necessarily categorize this book as a book about the Russian Revolution, since it is part love story, part tragedy, and part history. I actually find that if you know little about the history of Russian and the Russian Revolution, you'd find it very quite suspenseful. The story unfolds in a series of flashbacks but jumps back to reality. The switch from history to reality is what makes the novel suspenseful. Boyne re-creates both Georgy’s personal life and the life of pre-Revolutionary Russia so you'll be able to understand the power of the Russian Revolution through Georgy's journey and recollection of events."
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    #7The Russian Civil War

    The Russian Civil War

    The Russian Civil War is a non-fiction book written by Evan Mawdsley, first published in 1987. It is a history of the events of the Russian Civil War, starting from the October Revolution and ending with the state's reconstruction.
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    Randy Fowler
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The Russian Civil War is among the best books about the Russian Revolution. Mawdsley takes one through the very earliest stages of the Civil War through the creation of a new country with aplomb. The book never drags out and is well-researched."
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    #8The Tsarina's Daughter

    The Tsarina's Daughter

    The Tsarina's Daughter is a historical fiction mystery thriller fiction set during the Romanov family era of Russia written by Carolly Erickson. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2008 by St. Martin's Press.

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    Sharon Fuller
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The Tsarina's Daughter, written by Carolly Erickson is a work of fiction, yet it brings you right into the heart of what it was like to live in the last Russian imperial family. A great book written along an intersting historical backdrop."
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    #9The Secret Daughter of the Tsar

    The Secret Daughter of the Tsar

    The Secret Daughter of the Tsar: A Novel of The Romanovs is a historical fiction mystery romance fiction set during the Romanov family era of Russia written by Jennifer Laam. This book is published in 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin.

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    Bruce Ward
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This book is definitely an entertaining one, not the best. The character development starts a little shaky but works out towards the end of the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who is fascinated by stories of the Tsar and Russian history. "
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    #10War's Unwomanly Face

    War's Unwomanly Face

    War's Unwomanly Face is a non-fiction book written by Svetlana Alexievich which includes accounts from more than 200 women who participated along with men in the Second World War. 

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    Walter Lewis
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "If you want to talk about real women empowerment, this book is a good starting place. This shares the stories of many women in WWII who chose to not sit around and hope for the best but instead took to the battlefield with men and fought the good fight. So many people today talk about equality and empowering women, but these are the stories of women who did more than just talk about it, they lived it. Really uplifting and and inspirational stuff here. "
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    #11Democracy in America

    Democracy in America

    Democracy in America is a book by Alexis De Tocqueville published in two volumes, the first in 1835 and the second in 1840. In the book, Tocqueville examines the democratic revolution that he believed had been occurring over the previous seven hundred years.

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    Melissa Jones
    Written on October 9, 2017
    "I know of De Tocqueville and his travels down the Mississippi River in the United States, but this is the very first I have ever heard of this book that he wrote. I would have expected De Tocqueville to have written about the natural world, but, no, he wrote about living standards of the Western world. I have bookmarked this on amazon, and hope to read this some time in the future. It is over 700 pages, so I will need to be motivated by more than just curiosity."

Summary

Best What are the best books about the Russian Revolution
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Ten Days That Shook the World Books 7 Paid
2The Last of the TsarsBooks 4 Paid
3History of the Russian Revolution Books 3 Paid
4A People's Tragedy: The Russian RevolutionBooks 2 Paid
5Animal FarmBooks 1 Paid
6The House of Special PurposeBooks 0 Paid
7The Russian Civil WarBooks 0 Paid
8The Tsarina's DaughterBooks 0 Paid
9The Secret Daughter of the TsarBooks 0 Paid
10War's Unwomanly FaceBooks 0 Paid
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