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  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Filiquarian (7 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599869896
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599869896
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Emma Goldman (June 27 [O.S. June 15], 1869 – May 14, 1940) was an anarchist known for her political activism, writing, and speeches. She played a pivotal role in the development of anarchist political philosophy in North America and Europe in the first half of the 20th century. Born in Kovno, Russian Empire (present-day Kaunas, Lithuania) to a Jewish family, Goldman emigrated to the United States in 1885. Attracted to anarchism after the Haymarket affair, Goldman became a writer and a renowned lecturer on anarchist philosophy, women's rights, and social issues, attracting crowds of thousands. She and anarchist writer Alexander Berkman, her lover and lifelong friend, planned to assassinate industrialist and financier Henry Clay Frick as an act of propaganda of the deed. Frick survived the attempt on his life in 1892 and Berkman was sentenced to 22 years in prison. Goldman was imprisoned several times in the years that followed, for "inciting to riot" and illegally distributing information about birth control. In 1906, Goldman founded the anarchist journal Mother Earth. In 1917, Goldman and Berkman were sentenced to two years in jail for conspiring to "induce persons not to register" for the newly instated draft. After their release from prison, they were arrested—along with hundreds of others—and deported to Russia. Initially supportive of that country's October Revolution which brought the Bolsheviks to power, Goldman reversed her opinion in the wake of the Kronstadt rebellion and denounced the Soviet Union for its violent repression of independent voices. In 1923, she published a book about her experiences, My Disillusionment in Russia. While living in England, Canada, and France, she wrote an autobiography called Living My Life. After the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, she traveled to Spain to support the anarchist revolution there. She died in Toronto on May 14, 1940, aged 70. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A very informative and entertaining insight into one of the foremost proponents of Western anarchist thought at the turn of the 20th Century. Despite its somewhat supercilious and disingenuous introduction, Goldman's essays themselves shine through. If any of their number seem outdated or antiquated with the passage of 100 years, there's still plenty here to excite, entice and inspire those with an interest in anarchist thought. An excellent introduction to this political philosophy, and to the field of anarcho-feminism. Personally, I bought it out of interest in Goldman's thought, and its reconciliation with some of the less palatable "propaganda of the deed" in which she was involved, but found myself profoundly moved by the sometimes naive but powerful, angry and profoundly moral material I found therein. A joy to read, and a spur to wider research.

My only gripe is the cover. As with many slimmer volumes it is a rather flimsy thing, and bends easily, but the worst issue is the low-resolution anarchist symbol on the front cover, which was blatantly pixilated as a result of being overly stretched to fit the cover. But heck, nobody said the Revolution would be pretty, did they?

The inside cover also has no details concerning the collection's publication history or current publishers, which is a problem for those wishing to use the book as a source of academic citations.
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Emma Goldman was that most rare individual, someone with great intelligence, sensitivity and personal power who did not lust after power over others. By circumstance and our good fortune, a woman who could have spent a quiet middle class life turned into an idealistic firebrand, whose ideas and clarity of expression are still light years beyond many of the crackpots who have taken up her banner. This book deserves a serious look by anyone who wonders why politics never seem to get anywhere. It also refreshingly shows why government is wrong without also pandering to cigar chomping Babbits and their toadies.
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Emma Goldman comes forward in this book of essays as a true radical. She is not a rather dull theorist like Kropotkin. There is nothing dull about her flaming pages. No wonder the Wilson administration was frightened of her. But many of her ideas have found acceptance over time, and those that haven't await our attention. If you want to understand the national atmosphere following the assassination of McKinley, read this book. Read it in connection with that excellent Joseph Conrad novel, The Secret Agent. I gave it a four because I wanted more theory, but I'm happy I bought it nonetheless.
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In the 21st century this book is as relevant now as it ever was. For all the 98% of world citizens that know this is where we need to stand up and take back what is rightfully ours. Inspiring and brilliant. Read it and you'll know the time is now
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Everyone should own a copy of this ..... and read it ..... I mean really READ IT !
A true heroine.
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