Solzhenitsyn's four part, 7 volume novel is very good at showing the bigger picture of the two revolutions of 1917 etc. and the Tsar's iineptitude. and the total unreadiness of the Russian army which was run by generals who were clueless.

What's interesting is how the "revolutionary fervor" that brought the Bolsheviks to power was no longer welcome after the gvt had control. Hence we ultimately saw Trotsky the idealist exiled and killed later, and plenty of lesser known and unknown agitators.

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