John Reed: The Making of a Revolutionary

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SPOKESMAN OF THE SOVIETS

FROM the moment he landed at the Atlantic port until he sailed from it again, eighteen months later, John Reed did more than any other one person to make known the truth about the Russian revolution. Not only did his book prove to be much the best written by an American eye-witness, both the most vivid and the most intelligent; before and after the book appeared, his speeches and his articles answered the questions that Americans were asking. During 1918 he published in the Liberator articles on Kerensky, the Russian army, the Department for Foreign Affairs, intervention, propaganda in the German army, and the structure and operation of the Soviet government. These articles were reprinted in radical papers all over the United States and Canada, and workers found in them the truth that the capitalist press was determined to conceal. His appointment as an official representative of the Soviets had been canceled, but he was nonetheless the spokesman of the Bolsheviks in the United States.

In the fall of 19 18 there was a new attack on the Bolsheviks, led by the Hearst-trained Mr. Sisson. With the imprimatur of George Creel and the approval of a committee of professors made somewhat less than sane by the war, Mr. Sisson issued his famous collection of forgeries, purporting to show that the Bolshevik leaders were in the pay and under the orders of Berlin. There were letters from the German general staff, correspondence between Bolshevik leaders, orders on banks, reports of telephone conversations, all revealing with not quite credible thoroughness and naivete, the direct connection between the

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • I- Boyhood in Portland 1
  • II- Release 16
  • III- "Pain of Growing, Ecstasy of Unfolding" 24
  • IV- To See the World 51
  • V- Proud New York 64
  • VI- Profession: Poet 91
  • VII- The Romantic Revolution 109
  • VIII- Between Wars 136
  • IX- This is Not Our War 148
  • X- Manhattan Revisited 170
  • XI- Eastern Front 183
  • XII- Breathing Spell 204
  • XIII- Almost Thirty 228
  • XIV- Passage to Russia 249
  • XV- The World Shakes 268
  • XVI- Revolutionary and Poet 282
  • XVII- America, 1918 303
  • XVII- Spokesman of the Soviets 321
  • XIX- Discipline 342
  • XX- Revolutionary's Return 365
  • XXI- By the Kremlin Wall 387
  • Acknowledgments 403
  • Appendix A- Notes 407
  • Appendix B- Bibliography 425
  • Index 437
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