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My Disillusionment in Russia

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The story told me by the bakers of their election experiences had the quality of our own Wild West during its pioneer days. Tchekists with loaded guns were in the habit of attending gatherings of the unions and they made it clear what would happen if the workers should fail to elect a Communist. But the bakers, a strong and militant organization, would not be intimidated. ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published July 16th 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1970)
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Deeply perceptive view of the Russian Revolution as it unfolded. Demonstrative history of how the Bolsheviks crushed all dissent within its own party, to say nothing of fellow travellers. The state resembled nothing of the distant ideal of communism, but just authoritarianism (with occasional glances into capitalism during the NEP).

I should add a warning - make sure you get the edition with thirty two chapters and an afterward. If you're reading a copy based on the first American edition, the bo
I have to say this book was a little disappointing. It gets 4 stars because much of what Goldman warned about turned out to be true, but it's no wonder few believed her account to be anything other than just anti-Communist rhetoric, to be expected from a person who had spent much of her life criticizing Marxism almost as much as capitalism. For one, she says in several sections that she met with this or that Bolshevik official or someone who supported the Bolsheviks, but cannot give an accurate ...more
Emma Goldman is great. This book is about her experiences in Russia after being deported from the United States during the hysteria of World War I. In two years in the Soviet Union, Goldman got a peek into its problems that many on the left missed for years: its lack of freedom of press or speech, its rule by dictatorship and its centralized and inefficient bureaucracy. One thing that interested me....Goldman was very critical of Leon Trotsky, who has avoided much of the stain that Joseph Stalin ...more
emma goldman destroys the myth of communism in russia in the most decisive and cunning way. she writes in a first-person perspective detailing her two years living in the early soviet union after being expelled from the united states. she chronicles the bolsheviks' clamp-down on rights and freedoms and ultimately their cruel betrayal of all who made the revolution, even the revolution itself.

the book made me abandon marxism finally.
Letto ad un anno di distanza dal capolavoro di Victor Serge, “Memorie di un Rivoluzionario” – che chissà, forse un giorno recensirò…
Tanti sono i punti di contatto fra i due testi e quindi il paragone fra Goldman e Serge sorge spontaneo, a tutto vantaggio – almeno secondo me – di quest’ultimo. Nella mia personale classifica, (per quel che può valere), le “Memorie” rimangono il miglior acquisto del 2013: leggerle è un po’ come seguire l’autore nell’incendio in cui lui decise volontariamente di ge
"There was no forum even for the most inoffensive social intercourse, no clubs, no meeting places, no restaurants, not even a dance hall. I remember the shocked expression of Zorin when I asked him if the young people could not occasionally meet for a dance free from Communist supervsion. "Dance-halls are gathering places for counter-revolutionists; we closed them," he informed me.
The emotional and human needs of the people were considered dangerous to the regime."

how convienent to have the t
K. M.
This book, with a title she didn't approve of, is written by fascinating and unique anarchist Emma Goldman. It is part of a genre of works by anarchists, socialists, and former Communists who went to Russia full of optimism for the revolution and had their hopes dashed when faced by the terror, corruption, and incompetence of what they saw.

I recently read Memoirs of a Revolutionary by another anarchist, Victor Serge, which also offers a view of despair from the early days of the revolution but G
Rhonda Keith  Stephens
It's always interesting to study disillusionment, that internal necessity to reevaluate one's beliefs when reality intrudes. Emma Goldman was a Russian immigrant to the U.S. who was deported for political reasons and returned to Russia for two years. What she saw there, unexpectedly to her, was repression and violence. In 1923–24 she published two books, My Disillusionment in Russia and My Further Disillusionment in Russia.

Goldman was an anarchist, the roots of which word mean "without a ruler."
If there is a more personal and riveting political memoir out there I would like to read it. Emma Goldman writes about her first hand experiences in Russia during the two years she lived there, from 1920 to 1921. She enjoyed wide access to public figures and intellectuals and her account covers just as much ground on their personalities as it does on social, economic, and political conditions in the country. It is a damning argument against socialism and communism, written by an Anarchist who wa ...more
Emma Goldman was given the opportunity to see the hijacking of the Russian revolution first hand. An anarchist that was pro-communism, was given a one way ticket out of the U.S. To Russia. Her experience allowed idealism to meet brute power reality. It's a sad story but a good opportunity to understand the idealistic struggles in the early part of the 20th century.
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Renowned anarchist Emma Goldman was deported by the US to Russia in 1919 for her "anti-war agitation." This is her firsthand account of the two years she spent living and traveling in Lenin's post-revolutionary Russia and her impressions of the state of the revolution. She goes in with the most optimistic of expectations, but what she observes is not pretty.
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Steven Peterson
Emma Goldman, an anarchist, spent two years in Russia, finally leaving in 1921. This is the story of her increasing disillusionment with the Bolsheviks. She says that the red crackdown at Kronstadt is what precipitated her decision to leave. An interesting analysis of the revolution and its aftermath from a truly original character.
Requires some contextualizing for those of us with a spotty grasp of Russian history. That said, this is a very interesting read by a proud and eloquent free thinker.
great 1st person account of how the Bolsheviks killed the Russian Revolution
Aug 23, 2007 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars
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"Life is a rock upon which the highest hopes are dashed."
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Emma Goldman was a feminist 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.

Born in Kovno in the Russian Empire (present-day Kaunas, Lithuania), Goldman emigrated to the US in 1885 and lived in New York City, where she joined the bu
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