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A powerful, important story that is rarely told in English!
It must be understood that while no doubt hundreds of books in whole and part about the Potemkin mutiny exist, only a few were written in or translated into English. While many people are familiar with the 1922 Eisenstein film 'Battleship Potemkin,' which has enjoyed a world audience and international laurels, few understand the greater significance of the events that took place that fateful summer in 1905. In 'Red Mutiny,' Neal Bascomb has presented his well researched vision of the mutiny, its roots and its subsequent conclusion. It is interesting how the events that caused sailors to revolt against the Imperial Russian Navy can easily be coupled loosely with current events. The great shame of the Potemkin mutiny is the condemnation by the international community and reluctance to support revolution despite the obvious injustice Russians faced under the Tsar. It is very telling how nearly all national governments, even the U.S., feared the Potemkin mutiny as a threat to their own political stability and condemned the mutineers. Bascomb navigates the oft propagandized nature of the mutiny by Communist elements to discern clearly that the mutiny was not based on Bolshevik goals. The mutineers of the Potemkin were not pushing a political agenda as much as they simply sought to be treated with some modest decency. While sailors throughout time have suffered similar injustices, Potemkin's mutineers had simply had enough, all the while Russian Naval leadership allowed seditious sentiment to incubate within the lower ranks. An excellent book, and based on the source material it is a book that was very carefully researched. REVIEW EVERY BOOK YOU READ, READERS, AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS DESERVE YOUR OPINIONS.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.