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What we are reading and the CLR Book Club, Week 17, 2017 April 25, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Still no real discussion on what we might read next. Any thoughts on how to organise that?


1. ar scáth a chéile - April 25, 2017

How about something on the Russian Revolution to mark the year that’s in it – a lot to choose from .


2. Starkadder - April 25, 2017
3. ar scáth a chéile - April 26, 2017

That looks very interesting

Sheila Fitzpatrick in LRB reviews some new books on the revolutionary period here


I read “Historically Inevitable ? Turning Points of the Russian Revolution” – which has some good close focus pieces but with a current of hostility to the very idea of revolution – not just the particular path taken by the Russian one,


4. oconnorlysaght - April 26, 2017

Why not start with the old and tried John Reed’s ‘Ten Days that Shook the World’?


Starkadder - April 26, 2017

I never read that book, but they actually had a copy of TDTSTW the library of our RC secondary school (along with ” Architect or Bee?” by Mike Cooley).


5. ar scáth a chéile - April 27, 2017

Not a new one but am reading “The Bolsheviks Come to Power: The Revolution of 1917 in Petrograd” by Alexander Rabinowitch.


It zooms in in impressive detail on events from the April days to the Bolsheviks’… eh…accession – ( Jaysus, I nearly said coup.. have to be careful)

Also on my list for the year is the door-stopper Verso edition of Deutscher’s famous biography of Trotsky ( all three volumes in one). Ive dipped into it before and its compelling; definitely going to go cover to cover this year. The trick is to settle in for a night without any distractions and knock off a good 100 pages or more in one go. Incredible to think that Deutscher mastered English so quickly as to be able to write it in that language.

Tariq Ali had his top ten RR books here: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/apr/12/top-10-books-about-the-russian-revolution-tariq-ali


6. Starkadder - April 27, 2017

Given we were discussing H. G. Wells a few months ago, you might be interested to read this. Science Fiction historian Adam Roberts is reading all of Bertie’s books in order, including the non-fiction:



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