The beautiful dream,
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This review is from: The World That Never Was: A True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists and Secret Agents (Hardcover)
This is a big book...it needs to be because the subject matter is huge, and the author covers it intimately and in great detail...One is, from the outset, conveyed into the idealistic lifestyle of the early anarchists, and carried into a world where the establishment reactions have changed, if not corrupted the hopes and dreams of many...from Communard to Dynamitard as it were.
It would be a sad world without idealists, radicals and reformers...and yet the establishment demands stability - it is only in the push and shove, disturbing the uneasy balance between those aspirations, that there lies the hope of progress...if nothing else, the fate of the dreamers of the 19th century, masterfully narrated in this book, illustrates vividly why the radicals of the 20th and 21st century have shed much of their naivety and wised up.
Great read...highly recommended.