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Life of an Anarchist: The Alexander Berkman Reader

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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 open ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 372 pages
Published November 2nd 2004 by Seven Stories Press (first published January 1st 1992)
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Oct 09, 2008 Stephen rated it liked it
"What we call progress has been a painful but continuous march in the direction of limited authority and the power of government and increasing the rights and liberties of the individual, of the masses."

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Alexander Berkman burned life-long for his idea.

Berkman was an anarchist born at the turn of the 20th century. Early on he befriended the famed rabble-rouser Emma Goldman and forged a revolutionary bond that would endure until his final letter to her; cont
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Would recommend reading the longer versions of the included excerpts. It feels incomplete, though it is informative, as most readers are. I am writing a 4/5 because I think the organization, commentary, or included excerpts could have been improved. Would recommend if you are of the mind you don't have the time/energy/desire to read his full works. However, would recommend starting his other works if you already know you are interested in the work. This would leave you craving for a bit more tha ...more
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Great compilation. Everything you need to know about Berkman is in this book. I fell in love with the guy when I finished the compilation, and bought a copy of the blast collection to wish i had been there. Definetly will give you a better approach to anarchism.
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Alexander Berkman (November 21, 1870 – June 28, 1936) was an anarchist known for his political activism and writing. He was a leading member of the anarchist movement in the early 20th century.

Berkman was born in Vilna in the Russian Empire (present-day Vilnius, Lithuania) and emigrated to the United States in 1888. He lived in New York City, where he became involved in the anarchist movement. He
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