Now ... write a biography of the man who said those words! That is really demanding the impossible! But Carr does an excellent job, making this eccentric revolutionary's life compelling, human, and what is the greatest feat, sensible.
Bakunin went through so many personal changes, lived in so many places, and influenced, and was influenced by so many. Carr tells the tale of Bakunin in classical biographic detail, as well as offering philosophic and political details.
Bakunin was the antithesis of linearity, and in that is his genuis, and the seeds of his revolutionary ardour. All biographical molds are broken with personalities like Bakunin, but I feel Carr did an excellent job. A must read for anyone who wants to appreciate, or simnply learn about the mysterious Bakunin more.