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Available for the first time in English, here’s the gripping story of Ukrainian anarchist Nestor Makhno. With his usual wit and engaging style, Skirda chronicles the life of a legend and the insurgent army that fought in his name. Always controversial, Makhno has been described as everything from a drunken bandit to an inspirational hero. From Makhno’s imprisonment, to bat ...more
Paperback, 411 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by AK Press (first published 1999)
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Andrewf
Jun 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anarchists, leninists, trotskyists
A great history that is somewhat flawed by an overly emotional approach to the Bolshevik betrayal of the revolution
Andy
Jul 08, 2011 rated it liked it
This book had a tendency to glorify Makhno in ways that bordered on hagiographical. For example, Alexandre Skirda (author) notes multiple times the conflicting perspectives and sources for Makhno's personal use of alcoholism and self-discipline, then seems to just give the Batko the benefit of the doubt. Another example is in the fact that he cites Emma Goldman's "My Disillusionment..." to discuss Goldman's interaction with Galina Kuzmenko (Makhno's partner) to show another source who admired Ku ...more
Javier
Oct 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
This was a rather informative account of the Makhnovtsy's rebellion in Ukraine against both Whites and Reds following the 1917 October coup. I might have preferred a greater focus on the Makhnovoshchina's 'libertarian communist' approach to non-military social issues, as I walked away with more knowledge about their military efforts... Not that I think that's misplaced, considering how menaced their experiment was by both Whites and supposedly revolutionary Reds.

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Alexandre Skirda was born in 1942. His mother was Ukrainian and his father was Russian. He is a historian and a translator, specializing in the Russian anarchist revolutionary movement. His writing is in French.