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5.0 out of 5 stars A unique window into left radicalism before 1917, 6 April 2005
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Graeme Harker (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Living My Life, Vol 1 (Paperback)
Emma Goldman was one of America's first feminists and a contemporary of John Reed, the guy made famous by Warren Beatty's 1981 movie "Reds". If you've seen the movie and you want to get beyond the Hollywood gloss or if you want to understand what motivated the early radicals then read this book. The story starts with Emma as a young immigrant in NYC, which is a vivid first-hand account of the radical battles of the late 19th century in the USA; abortion, contraception, housing, workers' rights. The book is also a fascinating insight into the disputes within the radical movement before the movement was irrevocably shaken by the Russian revolution which split the movement for a century. After the Soviet revolution, loathed by the American establishment, she is deported to the young Soviet Russia nominally for her opposition to forced conscription during the First World War. The acccount of her experience in Russia is also fascinating. She arrives a believer but leaves in '21 as a disillusioned and active critic of the Bolsheviks. Anyone seriously interested in the history and origins of radical politics and the labour movement would be well advised to read this unique two-book autobiography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a life to be celebrated, 27 July 2007
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Belmiro Vilela (Barcelona, Spain) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Living My Life, Vol 1 (Paperback)
The autobiography of one of the most fascinating people I have ever heard about.

A woman that was always true to herself in a period (late 19th and early 20th century) when everything was against her, being russian, a woman, a prominent anarchist, a communist, an activist for labour and human rights, a syndicalist and a believer in free-love, birthcontrol and freedom.

A fascinating book from an extremely competent propagandist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 16 Sept. 2014
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This review is from: Living My Life, Vol 1 (Paperback)
very good as it looks, but still to be read, give mr tima
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE GREATEST AUTOBIOGRAPHY EVER!!, 26 Jan. 2006
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H S Marks (Manchester UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Living My Life, Vol 1 (Paperback)
The single most important autobiography in the English language make sure you get VOLUME 2.
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