Wall Street & the Bolshevik Revolution
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88 of 97 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2002
The contents of this book will both shock and disgust you. This book shows the costs and negative side of 'engagement' advocated by the American Establishment and their boot-licking cronies in academia and 'think tanks'. Sutton draws upon govenment files, books, newspaper clippings and biographies to support his claims.
He shows that the American government intervened on the behalf of Leon Trotsky, who was detained by Canadian authorities, so he could travel to Russia and agitate for the Reds. Apparently Trotsky might have been German instead of Russian, but in the end I guess we'll never know for sure. Both Trotsky and Lenin were sent into Russia with money and assistance from foreign governments to stir up trouble.
This book also goes into detail on the 1917 American Red Cross mission to Russia which had more bankers than doctors. William Thompson, then a Director of the New York Fed, gave $1 million to the Reds for propaganda purposes. He then brought enough of his Wall Street buddies on board that the Bolsheviks were their guys, to bring the White House over to their side. Wilson's influential advisor at that time was Edward Mandell House, who in Phillip Dru: Administrator stated that he believed in socialism as envisioned by Karl Marx, but with a spiritual leavening. With advisors as such, it was not so difficult.
House also used his influence to get Red agitator Minor, who drew a cartoon showing Wall Street types fawning over Marx in the introduction to the book, off the hook after being arrested by military authorities in France for distributing subversive Bolshevik propaganda. His daddy was a well-to-do person back in Texas, where House came from, who gave good old E.M. House a call to get junior off the hook.
Sutton also showed how many of the businesses that did business with the Reds originated from 120 Broadway. Since the robber barons already ran out all competition in the US, they needed captive foreign markets to satisfy their insatiable greed. They had a boot in all camps, and used their ability to feed, fund, and arm the winning party, in this case the Bolsheviks, to obtain trade concessions. This lot did the same by backing Sun Yat Sen in China, and various governments in Latin America.
Sutton also shows how many of these Wall Street supporters of the Bolsheviks started a group stating their opposition to the socialists. They then told New York Times reporters that they feared a Red revolution in America and that the Reds would sabotage and wreak havoc on our economy even as they were setting up the Ruskcom Bank and conducting business with them. Sutton appropriately described this behavior as totally amoral.
There was one quote from the book that will be forever etched into my mind. This quote was from a business figure working in the American consulate in Russia to a British colleague. It was along the lines as such:
You may have heard that I own 50% of the forests in Siberia and all of the Magnesium deposits in Georgia. Now, of course, this isn't true. But, let's say that it is true. I am an American wolf and you are a British wolf. But, both being intelligent wolves, knowing if we don't join forces this hour and together hunt the German wolf, we will come to naught.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is the business mentality. It has always been that way, and with industrialization and our livelihoods increasingly put in the hands of these people, it explains very easily how the man in the street gets screwed. Read this book and take it to heart. These egotistical, greedy SOBs have been running our country into the ground for over a 100 years, and reading this book and sharing it with fellow patriots is the only way to stop these treasonous scumbags!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2011
The orthodox history of the Russian Revolution, like most "official histories", always seems somehow superficial, facile, lacking certain crucial details, despite the vast amount of literature available on the subject. One of the most important considerations when viewing major events in human history is always the question of who provided financial backing; this naturally shows who supported the idea and their subsequent behaviour often shows why. Or in other words, follow the money. The orthodox historiography of the Russian Revolution does not include, like so much else which threatens the status quo, detailed analysis of the financial backing and behind-the-scenes organisation which must go into a successful revolution. Instead we are treated to a deluge of pompous and nonsensical verbiage from the so-called revolutionaries themselves while the real revolutionaries, the instigators and planners, skulk back to their richly-appointed holes.

This book is the first in a series of three by British-born researcher Antony Sutton, the point of which is to irrefutably demonstrate Wall Street promotion and support of barbaric socialist regimes in the twentieth century in order to create captive markets for government-backed monopolies, and also to control international markets by creating false competition and various other deceptions. That there are only three books in this series naturally does not mean that there were only three totalitarian socialist regimes in the twentieth century; the point is simply to demonstrate a pattern; that this particular pattern involves two of the most barbaric regimes in human history, as well as one of the more obvious socialist experiments in the supposedly-capitalist USA, all involving the same relatively small group of (privileged & wealthy) people, is a particularly important point that should not be lost on the reader.

Leaving aside claims of inaccuracy by some reviewers whose hackneyed use of the epithet "conspiracy theorist" demonstrates they are too mired in the false left-right paradigm and consequently too ignorant of the intricasies of the individualist/collectivist argument (including the true nature of socialism) to be truly objective, and whose quibbles demonstrate they have misread, and therefore misquoted direct quotations, misrepresented facts, and generally read and reviewed the book with a view to "proving" the author wrong (and failing miserably), the author has in fact succeeded in doing exactly what he set out to do in this book: he has shown beyond any reasonable doubt that the Bolshevik Revolution was aided and abetted from the start by Wall Street. There is additionally the suggestion, not examined in great depth here, that it was not only aided and abetted from Wall Street but planned there as well.

Using unimpeachable primary documentation, mostly from government archives and personal memoirs, and backed up by meticulous research (this was, after all, the author's occupation) the author here presents the untold story of how Wall Street bankers and industrialists funded and helped organise the Russian Revolution, using the 1917 American Red Cross mission to Russia as the primary vehicle, aided and abetted by well-placed people within the US (and other) governments. This is not, I hasten to add, an implication of the Red Cross; the author is quick to point out that Red Cross missions have often been used for revolutionary purposes without the knowledge of administrators. But the fact that the American Red Cross mission to Russia was staffed predominantly by Wall Street bankers and lawyers, that they acted on behalf of Wall Street and Russian revolutionaries whilst on the mission, that official channels were often bypassed or ignored, and also that subordinate Red Cross missions (for instance that in Romania) suffered from a total lack of support or communication from their masters in Russia, are all well documented and astutely connected and summarised, as are the direct relationships between Wall Street luminaries, politicians and revolutionaries (or terrorists in the modern idiom).

Wall Street & The Bolshevik Revolution is concise yet incisive, well documented and well argued, impeccably referenced and researched. An essential addition to the history library and once again, like so many similar subjects, it is real history that SHOULD be taught in schools. The reason it isn't is explored in later books by Antony Sutton.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 1999
Professor Sutton provides us with another remarkable tool that goes far towards exposing the lie of the 'spontaneous rise of the Bolsheviks,' and the culpability of American financiers in this traitorous history. Accessing State Department records, personal diaries, biographies and conventional sources Sutton presents a wealth of data that these evil, parasitic overlords would like to see buried. He uncovers little known stories such as America's Red Cross Mission to Russia in 1917 whose contingent included more financiers than medical personnel. More time was spent negotiating business contracts with Kerensky than tending the sick and wounded. Rockefeller agent William Thompson funneled $1 million to Lenin just for propaganda purposes! Years later Kruschev would maintain that he constantly received codes, money and secret government reports via Rockefeller dominated CIA 'Quislings.' Interestingly, The Federal Reserve Bank (which the Rockefeller's own! [see also; 'The Federal Reserve Conspiracy' by Dr. Emmanuel Josephson] was located at 120 Broadway in NYC. The principal conduit between the banking community and the Bolsheviks was The American Intermational Corp. located at 120 Broadway. The Guggenheims and General Electric (major financiers of the revolution) also had offices at 120 Broadway. This book is must reading for anyone trying to dig there way out of the morass of information and books that passes for 'history.' It should be read by every school child, along with Sutton's other books.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2003
The Work of Antony Sutton!

Most Americans have not heard of Dr. Antony Sutton...but he is well known to the quasi-underground readers of revisionist history and
conspiracy theory...
There are others that have written about the same subjects as Sutton...Carrol Quigley(Professor of History at Georgetown University)...Werner Keller...Dr. Emanual Josephson...Gary Allen...Charles Levinson...etc...but none covered the subject in as great a detail and as broad an area and with the documentation that Sutton did...in Wall Street And The Bolshevik Revolution(Arlington House Publishers) he documents that a small group of Wall Street bankers financed the Bolshevik Revolution...in the 3 volume,Western Technology And Soviet Economic Development(Hoover Institution Press)these same groups actually built the
Soviet economic structure from 1917 to the
present...and it is this work, i believe,(in part) and the work of others documenting this subject that helped bring down the Soviet Union...if they financed the Revolution and built the economic infrastructure...then they controlled it...which is what they are doing today with the billions of dollars they are investing in the Peoples Republic of China...! Control of the economic structure of a country is real power not political power...!
Sutton has written about many other subjects but it is the above mentioned that are amoung the more important works...i believe they are available at...
www.amazon.com... you won't look at International Politics in the same way...again...
woody voinche
marksville, louisiana
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2001
Should be read in tandem with Tragedy and Hope, to understand how the invisible power structure work to shape world events. A must read for those who wants to gain a coherent understanding with regards to the origins of the Cold War.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Anthony Sutton's WALL STREET AND THE BOLSHEVIK REVOLUTION is a series of case studies of powerful U.S. executives catering to the Bolsheviks or Communists beginning in the early 1920s. Sutton cites U.S. business leaders from the budding electronics industry, oil, agriculture, etc. who worked to subsidize the Communists and literally saved the Communist Revolution which tragically ruined the Soviet people and later those of Eastern Europe and Asia.

Sutton explores a supposed Red Cross mission which was political and not humanitarian. These people helped to provide food and business connections to Lenin & co. at a critical time when the Bolsheviks faced civil war with the Whites and a Polish invasion. The fact is that without U.S. business executives both in the "private sector" and government, the Bolshevik Revolution would have failed. Lenin's only solution to the bitter protest to his revolution was the use repression and concentration camps. Readers should note that Lenin had more political executions his first year in power than all the Czars, including the tyrannical Nicholus I (1825-1855)had in the 19th. century.

One interesting anecdote is Sutton's comments of the General Electric executives bankrolling the Soviets' hydroelectric projects beginning in the 1920s. One of the largest if not the largest hydroelectric power plant in the world was/is in the old Soviet Union. This facility helped the Soviets industrialize their empire quickly even at the expense of the poor souls who had to work on it.

Sutton is clear that Wall Street executives worked tirelessly to uphold the new Soviet regime. One wonders how the Soviets ever paid for any of this largesse of technology, industry, and huge projects. The fact is, the U.S. international business executives were most likely paid via the sucker U.S. taxpayers.

One of those corporate executives who was close to Lenin was the oil tycoon, Armand Hammer. His help was indispensable to Lenin and his supporters, and Lenin had Armand Hammer's portrait in his office. The Bolsheviks and later the Stalinoids were only too glad to do business with "The Running Dogs of Yankee Capitalism."

The agrument may be posed that the Cold War is over. Sutton's book is still useful. During recent U.S. military capers in Iraq and Afghanistan, some alert folks have cited the fact that America's wicked enemies are using U.S. made weapons and technology. This is exactly what Sutton alludes to regarding the death of U.S. military personnel re the Korean and Vietnam wars. While the names of the players (the enemies) have changed, the pattern is the same. There is credible evidence that the Saudi ruling family are arming Sunni insurgents in Iraq. This is similiar to the American authorities arming, directly or indirectly, the North Koreans,the Chinese Communists, and the North Vietnamese during the Cold War. Another interesting anecdote is the fact that during the build-up to the recent Iraq and Afghan Wars, a U.S. business executive was asked about the morality of arming and supplying "the other side." His response was that he would sell to anyone as long as they could pay for it. One should note that Reagan and Bush both supported Osama Bin Laden in teh 1980s when the Afghan rebels fought agains the Soviets. Then Pres. Reagan was warned but to no avail.

Maybe Sutton's book is an exposure or Orwellain wars and political machinations. The fact the Soviet authorities continued a Cold War for so long enabled U.S. authorities to spy and persecute U.S. citizens while for being Communists while doing big business with Big Communism. Pres. Nixon made a political career attacking Communists here in the U.S. while extending diplomatic and political overtures to the Communist Chinese and the Soviets. The wicked Communists did not play fair. The worst thing happened to the Communists when peace broke out, and they did have the Yankee Imperialist Devils to fear.

Anthony's book is instructive in that the examples and case studies sound all too familiar given the continuation of war scares and shooting wars. The only difference is the change of the enemies. Anthony Sutton's book is still relavent.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2006
Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution uncovers and documents the how the richest of the rich wall street bankers and business people funded the bolshevik revolution. Sutton follows the paper trail and shows how people who on the surface would be seemingly at the opposite end of the spectrum covertly funded and promoted communism. Further proof that the left/right divide at the high levels is a total hoax.

Sutton deserves more credit than he gets because he actually did much of the research and leg work that has helped expose the new world order conspiracy. His stuff is often rehashed in other, much more well known, peoples work.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2002
Author Anthony Sutton has done a remarkable job of documenting the insidious betrayal of the super wealthy American elite, who literally bankrolled the most brutal communist government of all time. If you have ever wondered why the very wealthy should seem to be sympathetic with communism, herein lies the answer. This is extraordinarily important information, which deserves a wide audience.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2013
For years now I'd heard rumours of American capitalism playing a double game by assisting its official enemies with technical, financial and industrial expertise; the American subsidiary to I G Farben of zyklon B fame, or the idea that Henry Ford was a Nazi (covered in Sutton's third volume Wall St and the Rise of Hitler) are among two of the more well known examples. Well, finally, here is the smoking gun to a whole lot more.

My first impressions of this double game were formed in the most surreal manner by an earlier book I read on Russian affairs: Fitzroy MacLean's Eastern Approaches. MacLean was an eye witness diplomat to the Russian show trials orchestrated by Stalin and his henchman to eliminate rivals or just indulge in political revenge for its own sake. The process was surreal as many of the accused came from the tightly knit group of the Bolsheviks themselves where they were invariably labelled `Trotskyite Capitalists' who were out to ruin the revolution and bring down the State. Hence `Trotskyite Capitalists' were by their very nature either `Counterrevolutionaries!' or `Double Agents'. These were the beginnings of the Stalinist purges that would engulf so much of Russian society for years to come.

We all know of Lenin's re-entry into Russia in a sealed train that was given special access across Germany but just prior to Lenin's arrival, Trotsky and his entourage made their way from New York where he was feted upon by Wall Streeter's. Sutton provides evidence that Trotsky could not have maintained a chauffeur driven life style for himself and his family, nor paid for first class travel tickets on a meagre income generated from a few journalistic articles, the proceeds of which, Trotsky claims, he donated away. Trotsky was also sprung from his incarceration in Canada to enable his free passage by some well-connected private interests.

Sutton's thesis that these endeavours by private American Wall Street elites to facilitate the Bolshevik cause was with an eye for the main prize; a centrally controlled socialist state that was in need of virtually everything as it continued to collapse, thus providing the Wall Street cartels with their cherished of all working environments - a monopoly - and one of an extraordinary size. The Wall Street ideal of 'getting society to work for the few' while the cartels of the few are protected behind the power of the state, could hopefully be introduced for the benefit of the few. Of course Sutton's thesis doesn't rest upon the Trotsky narrative alone, we read about the American Red Cross Mission to Russia that was a front for financial interests. Once the minority of Doctors finally realised the ruse for what it was, they left in disgust. There are other converging threads to enlighten and enrage, making Sutton one of the loneliest voices in the wilderness. After providing the smoking gun, modern histories pass over his evidence in silence. Perhaps Sutton's work represents too much of a hot potato, as bound in with all of these events is the unfortunate (for the allies) withdrawal of Russian troops from the eastern front and the transfer of German troops and equipment to the West. Was Trotsky a double agent, working for German interests to help undermine Russia?

Wall Street backed many opposing players during those fluid times, but one thing is sure, they greatly assisted the Bolshevik bid for power, as the Bolsheviks were a violent minority who gained power by coup d etat and were generally despised by the Russian majority.

Antony Sutton's Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution is the first volume to a trilogy of books that should be more well-known than they are. The following two are . . .

Wall Street and FDR.
Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
As a life time political activist, who became a "leftest" in college, influenced by professors whom very much did not share this book with us. If they had, my take on "leftest" "progressive" social movements would have been greatly altered. It is clear from Mr. Sutton's book that "the elite" have used the alchemical/Hegelian approach to controlling reality. By creating leadership in what 'appears' to be diametrically opposed opposites the "elite" are able to control the 'apparent' solutions/compromises. Hence you find the New York skyscraper at 120 Broadway giving both to "communists" and "anti-communists". The American "elite" work out of this building (as an aside you can Google earth this building, it is less than a block from the wall street stock exchange.)delighting in how very easy it is to control society when you have all the money in the world and a vision of how to use it. Now it is clear that resistance to the New World Order must begin by breaking from as many connections you have with it as possible and that includes work, consumption and leisure. Controlling Local Markets is the only sure way of breaking from the globalists.
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