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Life of an Anarchist Alexander Berkm 2ND Editionby Alexander Berkman
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Alexander Berkman was a twentieth-century American revolutionary. Like the abolitionist John Brown before him, Berkman was hugely idealistic, ready to go to the furthest extreme of self-sacrifice and violence on behalf of justice and civil rights. He decided to assassinate industrialist Henry Clay Frick after reading in the newspaper that Pinkertons hired by Frick had opened fire on the Homestead strikers, killing men, women, and children. Berkmans bungled attempt cost him fifteen years in a federal penitentiary. Upon his release, he became an effective agitator against conscription and was again imprisoned and eventually deported to Russia, where he saw at first hand the early days of Bolshevism. Berkmans writings remain a lasting and impassioned record of intense political transformation.
Featuring a new introduction by Howard Zinn, Life of an Anarchist contains Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist, Berkmans account of his years in prison; The Bolshevik Myth, his eyewitness account of the early days of the Russian Revolution; and The ABC of Anarchism, the classic text on the nature of anarchism in the twentieth century. Also included are a selection of letters between Berkman and his lifelong companion Emma Goldman, and a generous sampling from Berkmans other publications.
Book News Annotation:
Alexander Berkman (1870-1936) was one of the prominent writers and activists of the American anarchist milieu in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, perhaps best known for his bungled attempt on the life of Henry Clay Frick, which resulted in a 14 year stint in jail and the Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist (1912). Beginning with excerpts from the Prison Memoirs, this collection of his writings interweaves his memoirs with his analysis and agitation in order to provide a portrait of a complicated and important historical figure. In addition to the aforementioned work, the collection contains correspondence between Berkman and his more famous lover Emma Goldman; writings for his anarchist periodical The Blast; critical analysis of the Bolshevik revolution; and his introduction to anarchist theory, The ABC of Anarchism.
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America's most famous 20th century anarchist, newly repackaged with an introduction by Howard Zinn.
About the Author
Jailed for 14 years in a federal prison for attempting to assassinate steel magnate Henry Clay Frick, Alexander Berkman became a famous and effective agitators in America. Eventually he was deported to Russia where he saw first-hand the early days of Bolshevism.
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