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  • Written by: Emma Goldman
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Among the men and women prominent in the public life of early 20th-century America there are but few whose names are mentioned as often as that of Emma Goldman. Yet the real Emma Goldman is almost quite unknown. The sensational press has surrounded her name with so much misrepresentation and slander, it would seem almost a miracle that, in spite of this web of calumny, the truth breaks through and a better appreciation of this much maligned idealist begins to manifest itself. Here are powerful, penetrating, prophetic essays on direct action, the role of minorities, prison reform, puritan hypocrisy, and violence.

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Thought provoking

I'm new to literature in this realm and this was an interesting dive. I'm a layman, still not broadly read. I found the work to be both inspirational and out of date. I came to it on the recommendation of anarchist literature in general and this seems to be mainly written to either inspire new anarchists or affirm entrenched ones. As someone that wanted to learn more about what anarchism is, what it can do, what it means, the book is a mixed bag. Lots of context but not much in detail, and it waxes on a lot of stuff that if I were teaching this book would probably skip, and has a lot of ideas that don't hold up today to my understanding (lots of opinions about what is and isn't a good home or family unit that are progressive for the time but still entrenched in some old ideas it seems). Chances are I just stumbled on the wrong book to be my first book, but with the largely minor negatives out of the way the book did describe a lot of events and situations that are still very current problems, it still made many good points about injustices that persist into this day. Absolutely worth the time to listen.

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