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Vision on Fire: Emma Goldman on the Spanish Revolution

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Vision on Fire is a historical treasure.”—Howard Zinn

This carefully chosen collection features the most important writings from the turbulent last four years of Emma Goldman’s life. This incredible follow-up her popular autobiography, Living My Life, reveals her struggles with the contradictions of the Spanish Revolution and her efforts to maintain integrity and vision in
Paperback, 347 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by AK Press (first published 1983)
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Doug Richman
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I first picked up this book (in the noted City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco) I hadn't read the by-line on the cover denoting David Porter's editing. Which is to say, I didn't know going in that this would be the text that finally made clear the writings of one who greatly influenced my formative years of political thought.

Vision On Fire consists of all of Emma Goldman's writings- speeches, publications, private letters, everything relating to her anarchism- from the last four years of
Mar 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anarchy
I loved this book. It is just a sum of goldman's writings and some analysis of the spanish revolution. Great insight over the debates that surronded this pivotal historical event. Easy to read, a very human rendering of revolution. ...more
Mirza  Sultan-Galiev
Very interesting history, but Goldman's arid moral idealism is on full display throughout.
Whoever put this work together did an excellent job.
Justin Stepney
Mar 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Long. Not a bad thing. My first reading of her stuff. Inspiring. Good times.
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Shelves: radicalism
"When one is in a burning house one does not consider one's possessions, one tries to jump to safety even if it means death. The possessions of my comrades have been their sterling quality, their staunch adherence to fundamentals. But they are surrounded by consuming flames and they feel if they hold on to every part of their past they would lose everything."

Goldman was alienated from anarchist organizations because of the prevalence, then as now, of arrogant personalities, petty bickering and m
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thouroughly enjoyed this book. As a Spaniard that loves to read about the fascinating people of that movement in my country and as a fan of Emma's work, this was a fantastic and enjoyable read. ...more
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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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