"Ten Days That Shook the World" is American journalist and socialist John Reed's first-hand account of the Russian October Revolution of 1917. While it is intended as an impartial and unbiased historical account, by Reed's own admission, "in the struggle [his] sympathies were not neutral". Capturing the spirit of those heady days of excitement and idealism, Reed's true-to-life account follows many of the prominent Bolshevik leaders, as well as vividly capturing the mood of the masses. Verbatim reports of speeches by leaders, and comments of bystanders — set against an idealised backdrop of the proletariat united with soldiers, sailors, and peasants — are balanced by passionate narratives describing the fall of the provisional government, the assault on the Winter Palace, and Lenin's seizure of power. The book is important historical document of an event that would shape the political landscape for most of the 20th century. There is a foreword by Lenin in which he states that 'with the greatest interest and never slackening attention I read John Reed's book, "Ten Days That Shook The World." Unreservedly do I recommend it to the workers of the world.' Originally published in 1919, this paperback edition was produced in 1928 by Modern Books, London. There is a spectacular revolutionary cover by 'Michael' in red and black on yellow paper. This early edition, by far the most attractive produced, is in a battered condition. The cover is soiled and torn; the spine is ripped and barely holding. The page edges are dusty and yellowed. However, the text block is complete and readable. This is a rare edition of a remarkable book.