The World on Fire: 1919 and the Battle with Bolshevism by Anthony Read
Published by W W NORTON & Company on March 17th 2008
Genres: History, Europe, Russia & the Former Soviet Union, Political Science, Political Ideologies
Len's Summary: International alarm over terrorism is nothing new. Read examines the “Reds under the bed” scare of 1918-1920 that threatened free speech in North America and Western Europe in the wake of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, the abortive Marxist uprisings in Germany, labor unrest in the UK and terror bombings in America. As with the current al-Qeada menace, liberal democratic governments of this era often overreacted to a shadowy and inchoate Red Menace.