The best books on revolutionary movements in latin america by nick macwilliam 18 november, 20 the concept of revolution is entwined with the history of latin america to such an extent that the spanish word guerrilla has become part of. A marxist begins with his prime truth that all evils are caused by the exploitation of the proletariat by the capitalists. The best books on the russian revolution saul david picks the best of the many new books published to coincide with the centenary of the russian revolution. Russian revolution edition 3 by sheila fitzpatrick. Wall street is totally corrupt, it is just an extension of the central banksters that have put their feet on the neck of main street and have been grinding one foot and then the other down harder and harder since 19. The useful idiots, the leftists who are idealistically believing in the beauty of the soviet socialist or communist or whatever system, when they get disillusioned, they become the worst enemies. Mona charen chronicled the phenomenon in her superb 2003 book useful idiots, which recalls example after jawdropping example of american liberals defending, flattering, and excusing the crimes of one communist ruler and regime after another. The facts are well known, but history is about making connections between these facts, and there could be and there are many histories of the russian revolution. Useful idiots quotes 7 quotes goodreads share book. Nevertheless, there are plenty of texts on the subject. The russian revolution of 1917 played a very important role in not only russian history, but world history as well. This selection of russian revolution books has been recommended by alpha history authors. We have not determined that alinsky wrote the 8 levels of control, although alinsky did write a book called. This happened because russia still used the julian calendar instead of the gregorian.
Useful idiot is a political insult that describes a person who, through manipulation or not, is useful to a political cause that is not their own despite not fully realizing their role. The phrase, like communism itself, has largely disappeared from use, but there are still plenty of useful idiots around. The term was originally used during the cold war to describe noncommunists regarded as susce. The events destroyed the tsarist autocracy, and helped create the soviet union. Supposedly, vladimir lenin and joseph stalin used this expression contemptuously of noncommunists who aligned themselves with their political positions. Opinion what if the russian revolution had never happened.
The centenary of the russian revolution is an opportunity for me to revisit books that are set just before, during and in the immediate aftermath of the revolution. These foot soldiers would push his revolution in every country. Revolution answered to a need the soviet union no longer satisfied. The best books on the russian revolution five books. The useful idiot is the secret history of the first great soviet lie wrapped up in an electrifying novel perfect for readers of robert harris, ken follett and kate atkinson. He must decide whether to report the truth or become just another useful idiot, saying only what the communist secret police allow and smothering the evidence of his own eyes. Russian revolution 1917 score a books total score is based on multiple factors, including the number of people who have voted for it and how highly those voters ranked the book. Having searched his writings for any possible similar reference i tried useful plus something, then tried various synonyms for idiot, the best i could come up with was utter simpleton this phrase was used in reference to president wilsons naivete regarding the treaty of versailles. Putins useful idiot doesnt apply to trump because he is. An unnamed voter, one of those useful idiots, was ridiculed by a politician for his extreme antigovernment stance. A chilling new thriller set in stalins soviet union. The russian revolution, also called the bolshevik revolution, consisted of two parts. Vladimir lenin quotes author of the state and revolution.
If you have never heard the term useful idiot it was the attitude held by vladimir lenin towards communist sympathizers in the west america. Useful idiots is a pejorative term that was used by the soviets to describe soviet sympathizers in western countries and in the united states in particular. The russian revolution was a series of revolutions in the russian empire during 1917. Vladimir lenin is credited with originating the description useful idiots for capitalists who unwittingly helped him beat them. Mar 20, 2020 useful idiot plural useful idiots historical, derogatory, political jargon soviet sympathizer in western countries, from the perspective of the political right. Why people who enjoyed freedom and prosperity worked passionately to destroy both is a fascinating question, one still with us today. While lenin and the soviets held them in utter contempt they also viewed them as tools for dispensing communist propaganda to other countries, thus infecting foreign cultures with their. They are fanatics who were going to help lenin conquer the world but illness syphilis in all probability and death caught up. In effect, they are a new version of the useful idiots the term coined for western supporters of the early communist regime, whom lenin, and then later stalin, happily exploited.
Vladimir lenin once referred to americans who spread communist propaganda in america most notably journalist lincoln steffensas useful idiots. Nov 06, 2017 the october revolution, organized by vladimir lenin exactly a century ago, is still relevant today in ways that would have seemed unimaginable when soviet communism collapsed. Oct 30, 2017 10 books to read about the russian revolution my greatgrandfather was a bolshevik. He meets american and british journalists who acclaim stalins great experiment but when jones witnesses people starving to death in ukraine, his belief in the soviet revolution is shattered. Russian revolution simple english wikipedia, the free. A new history recalibrates the villains of the russian revolution. Solzhenitsyns russian revolution epic to be published in. Lenin called them useful idiots, those people living in liberal democracies who by giving moral and material support to a totalitarian ideology in effect were braiding the rope that would hang them. My enjoyment of novels set in russia has never left me. They are available for purchase through our affiliate partner, the book depository, at low prices all of which include worldwide shipping. Che guevara, who aided fidel castro in his rise to power in cuba in the late 1950s and early 1960s, is today an icon of liberal culture worldwide. How liberals got it wrong in the cold war and still. Stalins regime had been eulogised by the webbs in their book the soviet.
The author, a distinguished harvard historian, seeks to present a comprehensive view of the russian revolution, tracing its roots in the half century before 1917, a period he has already examined in. And how has the kremlin cultivated the relationship. Jan 29, 2020 the russian revolution s of 1917 may be the most important and worldaltering event of the twentieth century, but restrictions on documents and official communist histories have often affected the efforts of historians. The book is the result of many years of research, which is evident from the impressive. Mona charens book useful idiots is named after lenin allegedly said it when. The russian revolution had a decisive impact on the history of the twentieth century. In political jargon, a useful idiot is a derogatory term for a person perceived as propagandizing for a cause without fully comprehending the causes goals, and who is cynically used by the causes leaders. The introduction brings this classic up to date not that it has ever fallen out of date or ever will. Please tell us more about six weeks in russia in 1919 there are only a couple of wellknown eyewitness accounts of the revolution. Top ten books about the russian revolution historia magazine. How liberals got it wrong in the cold war and still blame america first. Its premise is that the perspectives of the post1945 period are not adequate to understand the international setting of the revolution in world war i, the great depression, and the rise of fascism. The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency. Obama and the 8 levels of control by saul alinskyunproven.
Foreign affairs called the book a useful survey of how soviet intelligence used disinformation to further its strategic. This new history of the russian revolution was one of many books published to mark the 100th anniversary of the bolshevik revolution. The movement that remade america in the prologue to his splendid history of the hews, paul johnson explained that writing a history of the jews is almost like writing a history of the world, but from a highly peculiar ingle of vision. Guy sorman, a city journal contributing editor and french public intellectual, is the author of many books, including empire of lies. Mar 30, 2009 my semester project for ap world history. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read the russian revolution. Covering the events of 1891 to 1924, figes book is a masterclass of historical writing, mixing the personal effects of revolution with the overall political and economic effects. A personal record by nn sukhanov this book was necessary reading for all early historians of the revolution. Deng xiao ping abandoned the maoist fallacy but carefully went on paying homage to him. Historically, the term useful idiot has referred to a naive or unwitting ally of a ruthless political movement especially a communist movement.
Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. The best known is probably john reeds ten days that shook the world, but ive gone with ransomes book because ransome is my man, and because whereas reeds book is a highly imaginative view of the 1917 revolution. The best books on the russian revolution london evening. The best books to read on the russian revolution, a recommended list courtesy of the publishers. We did not know about the famine then but the cultural revolution was causing havoc. Active measures in soviet strategy is a nonfiction book about disinformation. Obama was influenced by the writings and philosophies saul alinsky, author of the book, rules for radicals, and later by frank marshall davis. By leosmith march 12, 2017 4 comments going on the basis that the theory of communism is, in theory, potentially a very humane and extremely democratic one, we have to ask if its author was nothing more than a useful idiot. Useful idiots and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle. Jun 06, 2017 the russian revolution a new history by sean mcmeekin basic books.
Mona charen chronicled the phenomenon in her superb 2003 book useful idiots, which recalls example after jawdropping example of american liberals defending, flattering, and excusing the. May 20, 2003 the term useful idiots has been attributed to lenin, as a description of those mindless people in the western democracies who would always find ways to excuse whatever the soviet union did. May 22, 2012 the russian revolution, 1917 by rex wade is a good one. Possessed by the fantasy that another new world was in the making, former leftist visionaries such as hitchens became the bush administrations useful idiots. In case youve yet to be sunk by the deluge of coverage, you should know that the 100th anniversary of russias twin, momentous revolutions lands this year. Aug 22, 2017 solzhenitsyns russian revolution epic to be published in english. Apr 12, 2017 top 10 books about the russian revolution a century after the bolsheviks seized power for communism, tariq ali chooses some of the best books about an uprising that changed the world forever.
Top 10 books about the russian revolution books the. This new generation of useful idiots also live in liberal democracies, but serves the cause of islamofascismanother virulent form of totalitarian ideology. Shirleys rendezvous with destiny was hailed by wall street journal columnist michael medved as one of the five greatest campaign books of all time. Stalin used the term, useful idiot as a form of derision for the wide eyed idealists who actually believed the propaganda about the altruistic goals of the revolution. In political jargon, a useful idiot is a derogatory term for a person perceived as propagandizing. They are driven by pathological altruism, believing that they know how to run our lives better than us and believing the western guilt stories. Mar 10, 2017 at queens university belfast, i read russian studies and english for my first degree. The term was originally used during the cold war to describe noncommunists regarded as susceptible to communist propaganda and manipulation. To propagandize the west, lenin recruited a corps of.
Or as the soviet communists used to put it, a useful idiot. The first revolution was on 8 march 1917, but in russia it was recorded as 28 february 1917. During the 1950s, there was a term that was sometimes used to describe people who were exploited by soviet communists to publicly support their ideology. The russian revolution, 19171945 by anthony dagostino, 2011. Russian revolution 1917 score a book s total score is based on multiple factors, including the number of people who have voted for it and how highly those voters ranked the book. Useful idiots, innocents clubs, and transmission belts, by john pearson roche institute for foreign policy analysis, incorporated pub. Hence the sadness that fidel castros death has provoked among idiots everywhere. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading the russian bolshevik revolution.
There is no way that obama could have been personally mentored by alinsky. The best books on the russian revolution five books expert. Cool icon che guevara was a murderous thug, author says. The russian revolution by richard pipes, paperback barnes. A new generation of useful idiots, that lenin identified living in liberal democracies who furthered the work of communism. The best known is probably john reeds ten days that shook the world, but ive gone with ransomes book because ransome is my man, and because whereas reeds book is a highly imaginative view of the 1917 revolution, ransomes is an equally stylised version of the revolution a little way down the road. Fully illustrated snippets of history presented in a most engaging manner complete with a brief quiz at the end.
Anyone who sacrifices themselves to a narcissist is called a useful idiot. I have found the following documented citation the history and impact of marxistleninist organizational theory. Fast forward to today, and communist cuba has its own useful idiot. The title comes from misess description of the reality of central planning and socialism, whether of the national variety nazism or the international variety communism. Now, following the collapse of the soviet regime and the opening of its archives, it is possible to step back and see the full picture. They have selected these books for their content, accessibility and affordability. The phrase, like communism itself, has largely disappeared from use, but there are still plenty of useful idiots. Top 10 books about the russian revolution books the guardian. The russian revolution by leon trotsky and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. The phrase useful idiot has long been in circulation to describe naive revolutionary tourists and other ignorant dupes of foreign dictatorships. Obama was influenced by the writings and philosophies saul alinsky, author of the book, rules for radicals, and later by frank marshall davis, with similar philosophies. May 08, 2017 according to the late christopher hitchens, the invasion of iraq was only the first in a succession of revolutionary wars of liberation. The best books on revolutionary movements in latin america. In the years following the collapse of the soviet regime and the opening of its archives, it has become possible to step back and see the full picture.
The best books to read on the russian revolution, a. This new edition of planned chaos features a new introduction by chris westley of jacksonville state university. Russian revolution by trotsky abebooks shop for books. From this he logically proceeds to the revolution to end capitalism, then into the third stage of reorganization into a new social order of the dictatorship of the proletariat, and finally the last stage. These dossiers proved useful to the secret police of lenin and later joseph stalin, especially the overseas predecessor to the kgb known as the gpu. Caught in the revolution by helen rappaport helen rappaport offers a thoroughlyresearched and absorbing account of the russian revoultion. The term was originally used during the cold war to describe noncommunists regarded as susceptible to communist propaganda and. Laurent alexandre first comments that the young people who follow greta thunberg are the useful idiots of the green dictatorship much in the same way lenin called leftwing bourgeois useful idiots of the revolution and that the failures of all marxist models have left the antiliberals in turmoil. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading the useful idiot. Historically, the term useful idiot has referred to. Although he was too young to have participated in the events of the revolution of 1917, he joined grassroots communist groups to spread literacyand the word of lenin. Gorky was inspired by the 1905 revolution, but he felt that the october 1917 revolution was premature. The most important thing when ill is to never lose heart. Useful idiots become cannon fodder for the left flopping.
The original occupy movement to me perfectly represented a truth the useful idiots proclaim partlythat i too believe. He is currently working on three more books about ronald reagan including morning in america, about the 1984 campaign and the search for reagan. How liberals got it wrong in the cold war and still blame. On the afternoon of july 4, 1917, thousands of soldiers, sailors and workers converged on a former.
A chilling new conspiracy thriller set in stalins soviet union. But is russias reachout to the far right actually effective. The first part of the revolution, occurring in february of 1917, was known as the february revolution. He is the author of eleven books, including three novels. Strategy, shultz authored another book on soviet war tactics. Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient greek republics. The term was originally used during the cold war to describ e noncommunis ts regarded as susceptible to communist propaganda and manipulation. I thought mao was a great man who was interested in the poor and wanted an egalitarian society. Groundbreaking in its inclusiveness, enthralling in its narrative of a movement whose purpose, in the words of leon trotsky, was to overthrow the world, the russian revolution draws conclusions that have already aroused great controversy in this countryand that are certain to be explosive when the book is published in the soviet union. It doesnt have a lot of detail on daytoday life, but it explicit discusses the working class and peasantry as political subjects in their own right rather than as the mere constituencies of thisorthat party, so its a good text for situating whatever you read about daily life in the broader political context.
Besides, unless you have my ap world teacher, they might not. Thats why my kgb instructors specifically made the point. A chilling new conspiracy thriller set in stalins soviet union kindle edition by john sweeney. I continue to work on trying to identify the earliest occurence. To have artwork along with factual info on a subject i might not ordinarily pursue made it all the easier going down. The islamic human rights commission is one of the iranian regimes useful idiots parroting lines, taking offense when iran wants offense to be taken, ignoring genuine human rights. This is a concise introduction to the russian revolution from 1917 to 1945, that is, in the period prior to the cold war. Islam enjoys a large and influential ally among nonmuslims. Diane samuels finds much to chew on in jan marks timely story of britain in the 23rd century, useful idiots. As vladimir putin rewrites the nazisoviet pact and with the horrors of chernobyl and the cold war so recent, this thriller of fake news in 1932 is real storytelling of. Under ortegas rule, nicaragua quickly fell further into poverty, and the socialists were voted out in 1990. The result is huge almost pages, but dont let that put you off because figes covers almost every level with verve, style, and a highly readable text.941 1184 103 1084 92 632 1463 528 1363 944 202 94 139 903 1265 858 626 917 240 215 891 1127 162 182 754 729 591 138 136 1128 96 1184 980 301