Written: Written at the end of 1919

Published:
First published in Russian in 1923 in the book: Dzhon Rid, *10 dnei kotoriye potryasli mir*, Moscow.
Printed from the book text.

Source:
*Lenin
Collected Works*,
Progress Publishers,
1971,
Moscow,
Volume 36,
page 519.

Translated: Andrew Rothstein

Transcription\Markup:
R. Cymbala

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• README

With the greatest interest and with never slackening
attention I read John Reed’s book, *Ten Days That Shook
the World*. Unreservedly do I recommend it to the workers
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It gives a truthful and most vivid exposition of the events
so significant to the comprehension of what really is the
Proletarian Revolution and the Dictatorship of the
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one can accept or reject these ideas, he must understand
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fundamental problem of the international labor movement.

*Nikolai Lenin*

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