Caught in the Revolution
feel & hear the revolution as it happened
‘A gripping, vivid, deeply researched chronicle of the Russian Revolution told through the eyes of a surprising, flamboyant cast of foreigners in Petrograd, superbly narrated by Helen Rappaport.’
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Caught in the Revolution
Drawing upon a rich trove of material and through eye-witness accounts left by foreign nationals who saw the drama unfold, Helen Rappaport takes us right up to the action – to see, feel and hear the Revolution as it happened.
Helen describes her approach to researching the tumultuous events of the Russian Revolution in Petrograd in 1917. Filmed at the Chalke Valley History Festival.
Helen’s speaks to students about the Russian Revolution – part of the Hay Festival’s Hay Levels series
‘[The] centenary will prompt a raft of books on the Russian Revolution. They will be hard pushed to better this highly original, exhaustively researched and superbly constructed account.’
Saul David, Daily Telegraph
The New York Times Book Review
“One of the great strengths of this book is the way in which the unheralded and the celebrated mingle in its pages…A mosaic of truth which no fictional one could outdo.”
The Washington Times
“A multifaceted account of the 1917 Russian Revolution…gripping and thoroughly researched…[Rappaport brings] the streets and spirit of the early 20th-century Petrograd to life on the page.”
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