Anarchism and Other Essays Paperback – April 30, 2013
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This edition is, frankly, shameful. The cover art is ugly and pixelated visibly, there’s an obvious and distracting typo on the back cover and, somehow, the final essay collected in Emma Goldman’s Anarchism and Other Essays is nowhere to be seen.
That being said, the other essays contained are worth reading and this edition makes them affordable.
The omitted essay is “The Drama: A Powerful Disseminator of Radical Thought,” which can be found at the official website for The Anarchist Library.
This work includes Emma Goldman's essays, and also addresses Emma Goldman's life and activities, and so it embraces as it must her thoughts and feelings, her formal and informal statements, and a complete range of her writings, speeches and public utterances. It is not a close parsing of the differences amongst the intellectuals on the finer points of Marxist theory, a topic that is probably of little interest much less application for today's reader, but it will inform your understanding of anarchy as a school of thought.
The book does present a vibrant and fascinating picture of a woman who was of her time and yet well ahead of her time. It captures the political excitement and hysteria and ferment that marked the 1890'ss, and it calmly and clearly explains some of the main lines of thought that we now lump together under the vaguely misunderstood heading of "anarchism".
There is much to think about here, and it is a pleasure to recapture and appreciate who Emma Goldman was and what she accomplished.
This is a very nice Kindle find, and worth a look. The writing is crisp and feels very modern despite the book's age. While the author clearly admires Emma Goldman, this is no hagiography, and while the book is sympathetic to the anarchist cause it is not unreliable or exaggerated in its claims. It would seem that this would serve as a solid introduction and guide to the politics of this largely forgotten, or at least overlooked, period in U.S. history. That seems a solid basis for recommending this book to the interested reader.
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This book is a must read for everyone who wonders why is he paying taxes, why is the majority allowed to "vote", while few of them really understand the consequences of their actions, and many more.
How (or if) you will act upon it - that is a completely different story.