Quotations From JOHN REED

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  • Ten days that shook the world.
    John Reed (1887-1920), U.S. journalist, author. Ten Days That Shook the World (1919). Reed's pioneering work of reportage was an eye-witness account of the October Revolution as it unfolded in St. Petersburg. His experiences made him a fervent apologist for the Bolsheviks, and, after helping to found the Communist Labor Party in the United States, he returned to the Soviet Union to work in the bureau of propaganda. He was buried in the Kremlin.

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  • I suddenly realized that the devout Russian people no longer needed priests to pray them into heaven. On earth they were building a kingdom more bright than any heaven had to offer, and for which it was a glory to die.
    John Reed (1887-1920), U.S. journalist, author. Ten Days That Shook the World, ch. 10 (1926). On the mass burial of five hundred soldiers and workers in Red Square, November 1917.

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  • In the relations of a weak Government and a rebellious people there comes a time when every act of the authorities exasperates the masses, and every refusal to act excites their contempt.
    John Reed (1887-1920), U.S. journalist, author. Ten Days That Shook the World, ch. 3 (1919).

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