Books: How It Started

THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION 1917 (691 pp.)—N. N. Sukhanov—Oxford ($ 10).

Nikolai Nikolayevich Sukhanov was the first candid cameraman of the Russian Revolution: in seven volumes, he chronicled its events with movie vividness. As an original member of the Executive Committee of the first Soviet, he also co-directed the early scenes. Sukhanov was an economist, the editor (under Maxim Gorky) of the radical newspaper New Life, and a maverick Marxist. Although he himself knew almost everyone who made the revolution, he is today virtually forgotten except among professional historians. His seven-volume work was first published...

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