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A People’s Tragedy

Narrated by: Roger Davis
Length: 47 hrs and 1 min
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Opening with a panorama of Russian society, from the cloistered world of the Tsar to the brutal life of the peasants, A People’s Tragedy follows workers, soldiers, intellectuals and villagers as their world is consumed by revolution and then degenerates into violence and dictatorship. 

Drawing on vast original research, Figes conveys above all the shocking experience of the revolution for those who lived it, while providing the clearest and most cogent account of how and why it unfolded.  

Now including a new introduction that reflects on the revolution’s centennial legacy, A People’s Tragedy is a masterful and definitive record of one of the most important events in modern history.

©2018 Orlando Figes (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Harrowing, more essential that this is read than e

Superb, Harrowing. Figues smashes the romanticism of the Revolution and lays bare its traumatic cost and consequences. A terrible warning from history that our current academics appear to be ignoring if the volume of current self declared Marxists and even communists across the west is anything to go by.

Communism is not the answer to th e inequalities of life, it should be as vilified as those other false flags of zealous utopianism, fascism and national Socialism.

I had hoped that lesson had been learned. Apparently not. Therefore it is the duty of those of us who read and understand history to educate those who are woowed by its terrible mistakes.

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  • 27-12-18

Magnificent

You will not be disappointed with this book. The author dives beyond superficial story lines and seeks to understand this enormously complex event as it was experienced by Russians - Bolsheviks, their ideological adversaries and the average Russian as it happened. This is not just "another" retelling of the Russian Revolution - it is the telling of the Russian Revolution as Russians experienced it.

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  • 07-01-19

Excellent detailed history

Everything you could possibly want to know about the revolution and the personalities involved. Aside from just the history, the author includes the cultural aspects as well as the effects and reactions of Russia’s great artists....Tolstoy, Gorky etc.

The only criticism I have is a small problem with the narrator. Overall he is very good but occasionally he trails off at the end of sentences to the point where it is almost inaudible.

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