october: the story of the russian revolution by china mieville
very good, three thumbs up. struggle reading a lot of history cause i'm a bit thick/lazy but this was really propulsive & fascinating. exciting to read about a time where the thought leaders were often playing catch up to the man on the street. crushing to get to the epilogue and see the fates of my favourite characters though, i'm not so ignorant that i expected them all to go and live happily on a farm, but still... horrible.
spirodonova - jailed, moved to a mental asylum, released, gulaged, executed.
kronstadt garrison - crushed in a revolt against growing authoritarianism and decried as anti revolutionary.
stalin was almost completely absent.