The author collects the reminiscences of various foreigners--diplomats, bankers, journalists, medical personnel, actors, even the African-American manservant of the US ambassador-to show the chaos, euphoria and squalor of the Russian Revolution's early days. This format yields many fresh insights into the century-old cataclysm.
As the dealings between the United States and Russia turn sour (again!) this book deserves attention for what readers can learn about Russia's roiling history. Also a must for anyone observing the Revolution's centennial.