"Oxford's Very Short Introductions are always concise and definitive. Colin Ward looks at anarchism from a variety of perspectives: theoretical, historical, and international, and by exploring key anarchist thinkers, from Kropotkin through to Chomsky."
"Prada (1844-1918) was a Peruvian politician and anarchist, literary critic and director of the National Library of Peru. He is well remembered as a social critic who helped develop Peruvian intellectual thought in the early twentieth century, as well as the academic style known as modernismo."
"Most (1846Â–1906) was a German-American politician, newspaper editor, and orator, known for his 'gospel of terrorism' and popularizing the concept of 'propaganda of the deed'. Convinced by his own experience of the futility of parliamentary action, Most began to espouse the doctrine of anarchism, which led to his expulsion from the German Social Democratic Party in 1880."
"Goldman (1869Â–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 twentieth century."
"Berkman (1870Â–1936) was a leading member of the anarchist movement in the early 20th century, known for his political activism and writing. In 1892, Berkman attempted to assassinate businessman Henry Clay Frick as an act of propaganda of the deed. Frick survived the attempt on his life, and Berkman served 14 years in prison. His experience in prison was the basis for this book."
"Electrocuted in 1927 for the murder of two guards in Massachusetts, the Italian-American anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti defied the verdict against them, maintaining their innocence to the end. First published in 1928, Sacco and VanzettiÂ’s letters represent one of the great personal documents of the 20th century"
"Serge (1890Â–1947) was a Russian revolutionary and writer. Originally an anarchist, he joined the Bolsheviks five months after arriving in Petrograd in January 1919 and later worked for the Comintern as a journalist, editor and translator. He was critical of the Stalinist regime and remained a revolutionary Marxist until his death."
"Grogan (c. 1943Â–1978) was a founder of the San Francisco Diggers, a radical community-action group of Improv actors in Haight-Ashbury. The Diggers combined street theater, direct action, and art happenings in their social agenda of creating a Free City. Their most famous activities revolved around distributing free food every day, and 'surplus energy' at a series of Free Stores."