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1. Biography - Goldman, Emma (1869-1940):
2. The Social Significance Of The
3. Anarchism And Other Essays
4. Mother Earth
5. The social significance of the
6. My disillusionment in Russia
7. Living My Life: An Autobiography
8. Emma Goldman: American Individualist
9. Dangerous Woman: The Graphic Biography
10. The Life And Times Of Emma Goldman:
11. Anarchy!: An Anthology of Emma
12. Love, Anarchy, & Emma Goldman:
13. Emma Goldman: A Documentary History
14. Emma Goldman: A Guide to Her Life
15. My Two Years in Russia; An American
16. Living My Life (Penguin Classics)
17. Rebel in Paradise: A Biography
19. Emma Goldman: An Intimate Life
20. Emma Goldman: Sexuality and the

1. Biography - Goldman, Emma (1869-1940): An article from: Contemporary Authors Online
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Word count: 3653. ... Read more

2. The Social Significance Of The Modern Drama
by Goldman Emma 1869-1940
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3. Anarchism And Other Essays
by Goldman Emma 1869-1940, Havel Hippolyte
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4. Mother Earth
by Berkman Alexander 1870-1936, Goldman Emma 1869-1940
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5. The social significance of the modern drama Emma Goldman.
by Goldman. Emma. 1869-1940.
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6. My disillusionment in Russia
by Emma, 1869-1940 Goldman
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Revolution that Failed
Emma Goldman was deported from the USA back to her native Russia in 1919. Her excitement upon returning to Russia was to assist in implementing the goals of the combined "soviets" in their quest to change Russia after 300 years of the Romanovs dynastic rule. The book you are about to read contains her personal views of the Revolution and her eye witness account of the aftermath. In it, she raises some interesting points as she contrasts the "Revolution" and "Bolshevism". These two movements were mutually destructive and contradictory in aims and methods.

Every Revolution has a counter-revolution, so it seems. The Americans defeated the British Colonial masters for a Democratic slave-owning Republic, controlled by elitist politicians; the French Jacobins traded their monarchy for equally-oppressive rulers; The Russian Revolution banished one oppressive regime for another as the Tsar was overthrown and the "peoples" Revolution was shanghaied by the Bolsheviks. A small minority of the movement included Lenin and Trotsky as they took over the Revolution and subverted the intent of the originators. Much later, Stalin would do the same as he maneuvered the focus from a world-wide Revolution to one of local control, Russia.

Emma's book is a day-by-day chronology of activities in which she participated during her stay in Russia. Her investigative reports revealed vital information from people involved in "orchestrating the movement" as well as from those who were its victims. Hers is a front row seat to historical events unfolding before us. The struggle for reform was messy, cruel and merciless. She gets into the "weeds" of human encounters as she travels and meet anarchists, some of whom left America to join in the "fight", and other ordinary people engaged in finding a way to survive amid the graft, corruption, and mayhem. Her purpose was to see what conditions existed that would ease the tyranny against ordinary people. However, the minutia is a bit overwhelming. As she met with Lenin and John Reed, leaders of the Bolsheviks, she endeavored to find out why anarchists were jailed and censored and actively sought their release since they had similar nihilistic aims in overturning the Tsarist Government as did the revolutionists. Her efforts failed.

Her biggest disappointment was that the Communist State sought to strengthen and deepen the very ideas and conceptions which the Revolution had come to destroy. Disillusioned, she left Russia in 1921.

5-0 out of 5 stars VERY INTERESTING
A very interesting book, clear, sincere and devastating at the moment when it was written.An honest view of what the Bolshevik Russia was doing from the point of view of a disillusioned very famous anarquist who had seen Russia as the promised land where the "ideal revolution" was taking place. If you are interested in history, don't miss it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A diamond in the bargain bins
Anyone interested in the history of radical politics would be well advised to read this book. Loathed by the American establishment Emma is deported to the young Soviet Russia for her opposition to forced conscription during the First World War. This book is a rare first-hand account of the new Soviet Russia in its earliest pre-Stalin years. Travelling around the new Russia, Emma describes many face-to-face meetings with many of the key figures of the revolution such as Zinoviev, Lenin, Trotsky, Kolontay and Kropotkin. Unfortunately for Emma her belief that a better world must be as much "anti-state" and "anti-monopoly" as "anti-capitalist" meant she finds herself as much at loggerheads with the Bolsheviks in Russia as she had previously been with the socialists in America. As the new Russia takes shape, Emma describes the "Frankenstein monster" she witnesses as a "defeat of the revolution". This is a diamond in the bargain bins.

5-0 out of 5 stars It was Worth the Wait!
The long awaited re-release of Emma Goldman's My Disillusionment in Russia was well worth the wait.This is simply a marvelous book.

This book continues the tradition of Bakunin (a contemporary of Marx) who argued that Marxism would lead to a state authoritarianism that would be just as exploitive and alienating as bourgeois capitalistic "democracies" if not more so.Goldman shows, as she would later argue in her essay "There is No Communism in Russia," that Marxist run economies and governments merely supplant the bourgeoisie as employer and coercive authority.They do not empower workers and communities to run their own affairs along free and cooperative socialistic lines.

Like many leftists during her time, Goldman initially supported the communist accession to power as preferable to the Tsarist regime.But her support was largely based on reports given by communists in the pay of the Bolsheviks.Goldman was deported from the USA because she spoke publicly against the draft.Although she probably would have won the case, she decided not appeal the deportation order because she wanted to lend her services to the Russian people and their revoution.It required little time for her to realize that Bolshevik claims for progress belied the reality in Russia.Everywhere she saw evidence of mass starvation, extreme censorship, political oppression, cronyism, mass imprisonments and executions, and the tacit contempt the Russian people had for the Bolsheviks.Her descriptions of Lenin should help to settle oft-repeated lie that Stalin was a Leninist aberration.He was the natural, if more efficient, successor of Lenin.

She deftly refutes the Marxian apologetic that only countries that have experienced extensive capitalistic development are best suited to enter into a revolutionary phase.If that is so, she asks, then why haven't England, Germany and the USA experienced the social revolution Marx predicted?She demonstrates that the Bolsheviks were more concerned with power than socialism and replaced the revolution with statism.The people, not the Bolsheviks, brought about the revolution in Russia, she argues.The Bolsheviks stole and then murdered it.

The narrative style of this work makes it riveting and real.Readers will get a good sense of the distinction between the libertarian socialism advocated by anarchism and the faux socialism advocated by Marxism.This is a great book. ... Read more

7. Living My Life: An Autobiography of Emma Goldman
by Emma Goldman
 Paperback: 993 Pages (1982-10)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Book I Have EVER Read!!!
I heard about "Living My Life" after hearing American Historian, Howard Zinn, discuss EG in an audio lecture CD I own.I stumbled upon a "women's studies" copy of it in a used book store back in early 2003.I couldn't put the book down!!!Even though it was less than the original 993 pages....it was long and it was CAPTIVATING!!!

Emma not only had the gift of critical thinking, and public speaking, but she had the natural ability to write so descriptively that you felt like you were transported back in time and were there with her as she was going through the experience for the first time!!!

Howard Zinn has said that of the books that his students (thoughout the years of his teaching in college) were required to read....Living My Life was the top favorite book.I only wish that I had had a teacher in high school who had recommended this book to me.I feel certain that I would have lived a very different life....full of more positive experiences & had developed a stronger sense of myself earlier in my life...if I had found this book during my teen years than in my thirties!

Emma Goldman was a TRUELY American Patriot who believed in the power of the freely-educated critical thinker to be the best decision-maker of what is best for him or herself...not political "leaders", the police state, the church "leaders" or even one's parents necessarily...when we seek to rule others we diminish other's self-respect.

If you want to expose your mind to a truly liberating experience....you will read "Living My Life"!!!Once wasn't enough for me....I am now reading for the second time!! ... Read more

8. Emma Goldman: American Individualist (Library of American Biography Series) (2nd Edition)
by John C. Chalberg
Paperback: 240 Pages (2007-04-12)
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One of the most colorful, controversial and radical figures in American history, Emma Goldman challenged the legitimacy of religion, government, and private property in the United States. 


Imprisoned, tried, and later deported for her beliefs, the Goldman story is a window through which students will see a better picture of the history of American radicalism, the history of civil liberties in America, and the history of American foreign policy.


The titles in the Library of American Biography Series make ideal supplements for American History Survey courses or other courses in American history where figures in history are explored.  Paperback, brief, and inexpensive, each interpretive biography in this series focuses on a figure whose actions and ideas significantly influenced the course of American history and national life. In addition, each biography relates the life of its subject to the broader themes and developments of the times.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Emma Goldman
This book was quite interesting about the life of Emma Goldman, who she was, and what she went through. Came to me in great shape.

3-0 out of 5 stars Useful Overview of Emma Goldman's Lifeand Times
I wasmildly starled to come across this title and a bit taken aback when I saw this book appearing in this series intended for hifh schoolers. Back when I was a youth fifty years ago, all I remember we had was the rather simplifled Landmark series on American hiatory.

As a long time tudent ofU.S. political and econmic history, especially the period of the oughts and teens of the twentieth century, I have seen several mentions of Emma Goldman in relation to the labor movement, socialism, and the Red revolution in Russia.

It is astonishing to me tat the right wing book burners and the vocierous "family values" crowd have not made a big fuss; they seem to believe that if persons reads about organized labor and socialism, they will become rabble rousers and riot in the streets. This is anologous to the movement to curtail sex education for fear that if one reads about it one will be tempted to try it.

Formulaic series such as this written following a template for length by defintion cnaoot be comprehensive. Similaely the Osprey titles on milirary hiatory and the Ballantine paperbacks "History of the Violent Century" serve a valid social purpose in satisfying a basic curiousity about a topic; the mildly curious would not read a definitve 500 pager about Goldman. Provided of course, tha if such a work may displease both the radical right and the fringe wild left, proving it is as neutral in stcking to the facts and leaving opinion to other more weighty works which can cover the myriad intricacies of such a controversial person as was Goldman.

Other famous and infamous labor movement characters of the times, such as Samule Gompers and Joe Hill also need a popular work for the mildly curious.

One could look her up in Wikipedia but those entries, as written by experts, are often either too superficial or biased. No matter how much one wants to be neutral, that is the nature of the endevour. But in turn, books written by a committee are often "dumbed down" to the point of uselessness.

For some reason, the American folk song movement of the mid twentieth century was mostly left wing oriented. Major paractioners such as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger were prominent. I knew the latter but not the former.

I still remember group singing back in the sixties the Joe Hill song. It is a good song and its singing meant as muxh polirically to most ofus as the singing of Amzing Grace and other folk hymns by my Jewish friends meant religiously. Some magnificent songs are no longer sung in public because they are no longer thought to be "politically correct." Jusr likw aome the WWII era cartoons, and radio and TV programs of the so-called "Golden Age" are no longer played. It seems the members of a group can safely address each other by the vilest terms, but lord help those outside who use them in their presence. :0(.

So if you have a slight interest in Goldman, this is the book for you, just as others in this series cover other once prominent persons.

4-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Biography of an American Woman
Emma Goldman: American Individualist is a full account of the life of one of America's most notorious anarchists.The author, John Chalberg, takes the reader from her life as a poor, abused, and repressed youngster in Russia to the United States where the blood of the workingman gives her a purpose.But, not only does Chalberg concern the reader with Emma Goldman and anarchism, he also gives a nice account of other radicals of the time, such as socialism and communism and their most noted leaders.Thus, this book provides an excellent source of American history and politics as it is coming into the age of industry.Furthermore, Chalberg presents Emma Goldman, not as an evil, unruly, unamerican anarchist, but as a dedicated, motherly, sympatheic woman simply dedicated to helping the struggling American.Emma Goldman: American Individualist is insightful, well organized, and well executed. ... Read more

9. Dangerous Woman: The Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman
by Sharon Rudahl
Paperback: 128 Pages (2007-09-01)
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The anarchist and radical hero Emma Goldman, brought to vivid life in a graphic biography by an acclaimed artist.

"You are a terrible child and will grow into a worse woman! You have no respect for your elders or for authority! You will surely end on the gallows as a public menace!"—Emma Goldman's childhood religion teacher

A wonderful retelling of the famous anarchist and radical icon Emma Goldman's extraordinary life, this graphic biography embodies the richness and drama of Goldman's story in a wholly original way.

A Dangerous Woman depicts the full sweep of a life lived to the hilt in the struggle for equality and justice. Emma Goldman was at the forefront of the radical causes of the twentieth century, from leading hunger demonstrations during the Great Depression—"Ask for work! If they do not give you work, ask for bread! If they do not give you work or bread, take the bread!"—to organizing a cloakmakers' strike, from lecturing on how to use birth control to fighting conscription for World War I, while her soulmate, Alexander Berkman, spent fourteen years in jail for his failed attentat against industrialist Henry Clay Frick.

Sharon Rudahl's lovely, energetic illustrations bring Goldman's many facets and passions to new life; her work belongs with the critically acclaimed graphic nonfiction of Alison Bechdel's Fun Home and Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis. Featuring a foreword by Alice Wexler, A Dangerous Woman is a marvelously compelling presentation of a woman devoted to revolutionizing her age. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Acceptable for high school students
Rudahl's descriptive expository approach to Emma's story did not work for me; it seems her aim for this graphic biography was creation for the benefit of instruction--to teach the youth of today, which is perfectly fine. But to me the approach set a forced tone. I feel this could have been so much better had Rudahl taken another approach (e.g. telling the story from Emma directly or from the memory of Alexandar Berkman or niece Stella or from police files).

The art--I like how Rudahl uses a variety of different frames and image montages, and the composition of her work is very good--movement, balance, and perspective. However, I am not keen about her style, especially her inability to convey expression in characters' faces. Over and over the same wooden image of Emma Goldman. Characterizations of people, graphically-speaking are flat; the images of people often reminded me of manikins.

If you want to learn about Emma Goldman, I suggest reading her story in her own words, Living My Life, volumes 1&2

2-0 out of 5 stars Not suitable for adults.
This comic book takes a serious subject and simplifies its Emma Goldman's comments that are an affront to what she stood for.It is overly simplistic as well as "comical" in its drawings.The illustrator should be ashamed of the explicit sexual drawings.

1-0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Graffix
I bought this to introduce Emma to a young lady and, after looking in it,
decided it would cancel any interest she might have had.Stick to Living My Life and imagine the visuals.

5-0 out of 5 stars Real life Superhero
Emma Goldman is one of the big name names of American anarchists, as well as one of the earlier to contribute to free speech, birth control, and the labor movements. She was an amazing public speaker, something that is lost in this day of television and radio, and her writing still ranks amongst the classics of Anarchist thought for a free and just society. From her involvement in the shooting of Frick (though Alexander Berkman was a lousy shot) to free speech fights to labor struggles in Massachusetts to getting deported by Edgar Hoover, all the way to being amongst the first radicals to denounce the government of the Bolsheviks (which ostracized her amongst the left), and finally working to raise funds for the Spanish Revolutionary cause. She was jailed for fighting against the draft, advocating for birth control, and for "inciting a riot." In a lot of ways, the stuff she said then was visionary for the time period. She remains one of the most amazing people in history, and someone who gave her all so others could be free and live in a just world.

"Dangerous Woman: A Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman" can be best described as a graphic novel version of "Living My Life", and it's a real treat. The artist, Sharon Rudahl, does a great job capturing Goldman's turbulent and unique life, growing from a fiery Jewish peasant girl fleeing Russia to an active Anarchist speaker and organizer hated by the government, to the patron-saint of the American Anarchist movement, though small by the time of her death. She spares no detail, especially the parts about Emma's sex life and her many partners over the years. One of my favorite scenes in the book is when she has been sent by her mentor, Johann Most, on a speaking tour "Against the 8 Hour Day" (it was too little and was too reformist and not revolutionary enough.) She encounters an older man in the Chicago stop of the tour who tells her that while he understands why young people would be impatient with small demands, but "I won't live to see the revolution. Will I never have a little time for reading or to walk openly in the park?" After this encounter, Emma vowed never to let doctrine or ideology get in the way of a good fight that brought real change to real people's lives. That's a lesson that a lot of radicals then and now could learn and take to heart.
Today, the closest we in the United States have to an Emma Goldman is academics in ivory towers, as loud mouth voices in the sea of state and corporate rule. The speaking tours of yesterday is the youtube, internet, music albums and television of today, which is much more controlled than speaking in public used to be, though less prone to violent disruption by people who disagree with the author. It's hard to imagine a story like hers again where someone from such a humble beginning devotes her entire life, to the point where she refused to correct health problems like infertility, to the cause of fighting the existing order, and becoming such an international figure as she did. Maybe a new Emma Goldman of the internet or TV or music like hiphop will arise to become an inspiration to people's movements everywhere, like Subcommader Marcos in Chiapas has, or elsewhere. It's hard to say. Either way, check out Emma's life in graphic novel comic form, because she's a real life superhero in a way that Superman never could be.

5-0 out of 5 stars Passionate Advocacy of A Passionate Advocate
Sharon Rudahl's "A Dangerous Woman" covers the life of a well-known anarchist around the turn of the century.Sharon's art is very appropriate for a fiery speechmaker; the plot as presented by Sharon never drags, and you get a book and a movie at the same time!

I had heard about Emma Goldman, but my political youth was spent in the socialist movement, not the anarchist movement, so I never researched Ms. Goldman's life or work.One piece I found interesting was Ms. Goldman's opposition to the amendment granting women the right to vote, and why she opposed it.Since my grandmother was a prominent suffragette, I approached this part of the book with some skepticism, but it was presented with such passion that I found myself agreeing in principle with some parts of Ms. Goldman's philosopy on this particular topic.Of course, hindsight is always 20/20, and it's difficult to go back in time to try to understand things with the perspective in effect at that time, but Ms. Rudahl does a fantastic job with her art of helping to build that paradigm.

I found it difficult to put the book down, it was so entertaining, and in a way that enlightens. Emma Goldman didn't live her life as an audition for a reality show, so you probably won't get that kind of stilted melodrama from it.What you WILL get is a fascinating historical presentation with Ms. Rudahl's art, and a dialog that both complements the art and creates it's own story.

A very fine book, and I heartily recommend buying it. ... Read more

10. The Life And Times Of Emma Goldman: A Curriculum For Middle And High School Students
Plastic Comb: 220 Pages (2002-01-01)
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This is actually pretty good. Through the use of a whole range of original documents - speeches, letters, contemporary newspaper columns and cartoons, you get here a fairly good picture of the life, times, thoughts, and activities of Red Emma. Definitely recommended for more than just high school teachers! ... Read more

11. Anarchy!: An Anthology of Emma Goldman's Mother Earth
by Peter Glassgold
Paperback: 400 Pages (2001-03)
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The first anthology to draw from the pages of Emma Goldman's Mother Earth, America's groundbreaking radical magazineIn March 1906, Emma Goldman published the first issue of Mother Earth, a "Monthly Magazine Devoted to Social Science and Literature." Conceived as a forum for anarchists of every school and variety, Mother Earth laid the groundwork for American radical thought. It did more than report on the contemporary scene-it was part of the action-and its preoccupations preoccupy us still: birth control, women's rights, civil liberties, and questions of social and economic justice. Mother Earth appeared without interruption until August 1917, when it was killed by wartime postal censorship. Though Emma Goldman has since become a legendary figure, scarcely any material from her magazine has remained in print. This Mother Earth reader sets right this great wrong, and restores to public memory an important body of work-provocative writings by Margaret Sanger, Alexander Kropotkin, and dozens of other radical thinkers of the early twentieth century. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Red Emma's Mother Earth
Excellent anthology with witty, informative and intelligent prefaces to each chapter. Impossible to put down and sadly though most pieces were written approximately 100 years ago, the themes are as timely as ever/

5-0 out of 5 stars A magnficent and long-overdue collection
Emma Goldman's magazine Mother Earth was one of the best and liveliest anarchist publications at the beginning of the 20th Century, but until this book was published almost everything which ever appeared in Mother Earth was nearly impossible to find. Peter Glassgold has done a fine job of culling some of the best works from the 5,000 or so pages of Mother Earth into this generous and fascinating collection.

The book is separated into six sections: Anarchism, The Woman Question, Literature, Civil Liberties, The Social War, and War and Peace. Within these sections are articles by classic anarchist writers such as Alexander Berkman, Ben Reitman, Voltairine de Cleyre, Peter Kropotkin, and Goldman herself. There are also a number of works by writers you might not expect to appear in such a book: Eugene O'Neill (what is suspected to be his first publication), Ben Hecht, Louise Bryant, Margaret Sanger, and Maxim Gorky. Peter Glassgold provides an informative and readable introduction, and there is a comprehensive index as well as a section of photographs, mostly of the covers of issues of Mother Earth (some by Man Ray).

Everyone interested in the history of anarchism, radical politics, and 20th-century thought should own this book. ... Read more

12. Love, Anarchy, & Emma Goldman: A Biography
by Candace Falk
Paperback: 416 Pages (1990-03-01)
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Candace Falk's biography captures Goldman's colorful life as a social and labor reformer, revolutionary, anarchist, feminist, agitator for free love and free speech, and advocate of birth control. And it gives the reader a rare glimpse into Goldman as a woman, alone, searching for the intimacy of a love relationship to match her radiant social vision. Falk explores the clash between Goldman's public vision and private life, focusing on her intimate relationship with Ben Reitman, Chicago's celebrated social reformer, hobo king, and red-light district gynecologist. During this passionate and stormy relationship, Goldman lectured in public about free love and women's independence, while in private she struggled with intense jealousy and longed for the comfort of a secure relationship. Falk's account draws upon a serendipitous discovery of a cache of intimate letters between Goldman and Reitman. Falk then goes beyond Goldman's ten-year relationship with Reitman, following Goldman's inner passions through her years of exile and later life. Written with a literary sensitivity, Falk tells a riveting story, consistently placing Goldman in the context of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century radicalism. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Successful and Tasteful Biography
Candace Falk, the official biographer of EG, delivers a compelling and tactful account of EG's personal life and its conflicts versus her high standards for living that she lectured on.

Falk stumbled upon EG's letters to Reitman through a friend, and took it upon herself to edit and organize the letters into a kind, yet considerably objective biography. Falk addresses inconsistencies in life, love, and lecture without forcing a bias upon the reader. Though at times waxing over-poetic to the point of absurdity (which is understandable with the subject matter and quality of personal letters between Reitman and EG), Falk's "Mission Statement" of the book was to deliver to readers a biography and examination of the letters that is tasteful without hurting EG's image, and accomplished just that.

EG's life was a struggle of fighting for social justice, while frustrated with her own tendency to get stuck in the grains of tradition and feeling inadequate and unfulfilled (as in her relationship with Reitman). Falk skillfully shares the intimate details of EG's love life and blunders with the care of an adoring daughter. This book is well worth the read even with its occasional flaw (or in this edition, the proliferation of spelling errors towards the end of the book). Overall, Falk pays just respects to the Mother of Anarchism. Highly recommended. ... Read more

13. Emma Goldman: A Documentary History of the American Years, Volume Two: Making Speech Free, 1902-1909
by Emma Goldman
Hardcover: 662 Pages (2004-11-22)
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Emma Goldman: A Documentary History of the American Years redefines the historical memory of Emma Goldman and illuminates a forgotten yet influential facet in the history of American and European radicalism. This definitive multivolume work, which differs significantly from Goldman's autobiography, pre-sents original texts-a significant group of which are published or translated into English for the first time-anchored by rigorous contextual annotations. The distillation of years of scholarly research, these volumes include personal correspondence, newspaper articles, government surveillance reports from America and Europe, dramatic court transcripts, lecture notes, and previously unpublished documents retrieved from obscurity. Biographical, newspaper, and organizational appendices are complemented by in-depth chronologies that underscore the complexity of Goldman's political and social milieu. Making Speech Free, 1902-1909, the second volume in the series, chronicles Goldman's pivotal role in the early battle for free expression. It highlights the relationship between the development of the right of free speech and turn-of-the-century anarchist ideas. The enactment of anti-anarchist laws and the organization of groups in protest occupy center stage among the primary documents. Within this frame, the volume presents Goldman's evolving attitudes toward violence in both its European and American contexts, the emergent revolution in Russia, and the beginnings of the Modern School education movement in America, the social significance of European modern drama, and the right of labor to organize against unfair working conditions in the United States. The volume features the early evolution of Goldman's magazine, Mother Earth, launched in 1906, which promoted a blending of modern literary and cultural ideas into her radical and social political agenda and became a platform for the articulation of her feminist critique, an expression of her international reach, and a marker of her desire to spread anarchist ideas outside the immigrant left. Making Speech Free also tracks Goldman's emergence as a writer and orator whose scathing critique of hypocrisy in all realms of life and politics would eventually capture the attention and imagination of America.Illustrations: 50 b/w photographs ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars "Highly recommended"
"Highly recommended" --'Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries'

"A vast sourcebook of fascinating newspaper articles, letters, trial transcripts, and speeches...especially instructive in today's climate of constricted civil liberties" --Christ Dodge, 'Utne Reader'

"This book definitely shows better than any work previously published, including Goldman's own autobiography, her splendid achievement during this early decade as an emerging anarchist." --John Patten, 'Anarchist Studies'

"A magnificently scholarly volume rich in historical information, it is a book that historians and those writing about American social movements will mine for many years to come." --Sharon Presley, 'Social Anarchism'

"This volume, along with its predecessor and the larger microfilm collection of Goldman documents, is a real achievement and a major contribution to the study of the American left. It will, one hopes, inspire scholars, teachers, and undergraduate and graduate students to explore the history of that struggle between free speech and free assembly, on the one hand, and the combined forces of power, prudery, and patriotism, on the other." --Francis G. Couvares, 'Labor History'

"The end result of the documents as presented and the scholarly apparatus is material in a highly accessible form (especially for the general reader), but which nonetheless provides leads for the scholarly researcher" --Nancie Marie Robertson, 'Documentary Editing'

"The volumes expand access to materials essential to understanding American history, especially struggles over radical politics, the position of women, free speech, violence as a means of social change, government repression, and the place of the individual in American myth and culture. The [Emma Goldman Papers Project] sheds as much light on Goldman's America as on the woman herself." --'Documentary Editing'

"The sustained introduction in each volume provides an interpretive for understanding [Goldman's] life and documents. The documents themselves allow the reader to develop his or her own analysis of Goldman." --'Documentary Editing'

"Today, those worried about governmental response to terrorism, coupled with the prevalence of anti-immigrant sentiments and laws, as well as the resistance to such efforts, can find much to mull over in these two volumes. ... The documents speak to important questions of our own times. The American reading public can be grateful to Falk and her collaborators." --'Documentary Editing' ... Read more

14. Emma Goldman: A Guide to Her Life and Documentary Sources
 Microfiche: 720 Pages (1995-06)
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15. My Two Years in Russia; An American Anarchist's Disillusionment and the Betrayal of the Russian Revolution by Lenin's Soviet Union
by Emma Goldman
Paperback: 260 Pages (2008-08-01)
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A scathing look at the Russian Revolution in the aftermath of the Bolshevik takeover.Prominent anarchist Emma Goldman describes the repression practiced by the Leninists against politicla dissidents and their own workers, in order to maintain their system of centralized party-dominated state capitalism. ... Read more

16. Living My Life (Penguin Classics)
by Emma Goldman
Paperback: 672 Pages (2006-04-04)
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Anarchist, journalist, drama critic, advocate of birth control and free love, Emma Goldman was the most famous—and notorious—woman in the early twentieth century. This abridged version of her two-volume autobiography takes her from her birthplace in czarist Russia to the socialist enclaves of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Against a dramatic backdrop of political argument, show trials, imprisonment, and tempestuous romances, Goldman chronicles the epoch that she helped shape: the reform movements of the Progressive Era, the early years of and later disillusionment with Lenin’s Bolshevik experiment, and more. Sounding a call still heard today, Living My Life is a riveting account of political ferment and ideological turbulence.Amazon.com Review
Forget all those New Left memoirs: for readers who want to know what it is to be a revolutionary in America, this is the book to read. At the turn of the 20th century, Emma Goldman (1869-1940) was probably the most hated woman in her adopted country. (She emigrated from Russia at age 17.) It was bad enough that she was an anarchist, accused of complicity in the 1901 assassination of President McKinley. But her vehement espousal of women's rights--including birth control--really enraged upright citizens. Goldman's marvelously militant autobiography gives ample evidence of her gift for bearing a grudge and inability to mince words--she decries fellow leftists at least as often as the bourgeoisie, especially after she is deported to the Soviet Union in 1919 and discovers that the Bolshevik Revolution is not what she hoped for. But Goldman's blazing honesty and unflinching commitment to unpopular causes make her a larger-than-life heroine. She does display the occasional human weakness, including a lengthy romance with a man whose infidelities torment this advocate of free love, but they're less interesting than her heroic challenge to America to live up to its ideals. Whether or not she was literally a bomb thrower remains a matter of debate. For posterity, her words are incendiary enough. --Wendy Smith ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing.Period.
I consider this autobiography as essential reading for anyone interested in the history of the United States, or early 20th century international political history.Beyond its value as a historical document, 'Living My Life' is also a gripping read.Goldman was a real adventurer, a real revolutionary after a design that seems forgotten today.The stories that come from her rough and tumble experiences in America, the still-born Soviet Union, and Europe, are breathtaking, heartbreaking, and pertinent in our own age of political and economic instability.

I firmly believe that this book should be required reading in American high schools or junior highs, especially for young women.The very fact that Goldman still comes off as so dangerously radical is testimony to both her brilliance and courage, and to the lack of change that typifies most of the world's social systems.

I agree with other reviewers' assessment of Goldman's writing abilities, but she was an ideologue more than an artist.Where her political philosophy is concerned, she is definitely uncompromising.However, Goldman seems to me much more human than many of the era's major revolutionary figures.Her devotion to the liberation and well-being of women and her renouncement of terrorist tactics in her later life demonstrate this quite sufficiently.The long relationship between Goldman and Alexander Berkman reveals the personal cost of revolutionary activity and is probably worth a book of its own.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect service, a little over-packaged, new book
I'm happy with the purchase, just typing on the keyboard in the privacy of my own home, selecting a book, clicking on it, easy, quick, effecient.Book arrived quickly, new book.All was well in my world.Only complaint would be that 2 of the 3 books I ordered simultaneously came packaged together in an excessive amount of packaging.Overboard on the plastic wrap followed by extra cardboard for protection, followed by a box.Don't need all that for books.Need to think about the environment Amazon.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the most important books you'll ever read
This is the best autobiography I've ever read, because her life was lived with such commitment & independence. Certainly, she was hugely influential in her time, but her success was scratched out of nothing, with no support, and huge opposition. The difficulties and the times are conveyed amazingly well. The book will make you look carefully at your own life ... in ways that can only change it for the better.

5-0 out of 5 stars bewat
NOTE:THIS IS VOLUME ONE ONLY!It's a great book but it is not labeled as just the first half of the memoir.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable book, fun to read, informative
I could not disagree more with Goldman's ultimate philosophical conclusions, but I enjoyed this book, and volume II as well.Her essential humanity emerges, and it is a good case study and an interesting read, historically, philosophically and personally.She is no Mark Twain or Billy Faulkner, but her life was interesting and her prose adequately conveys the milieu she became enmeshed in.A fair degree of antecedent historical knowledge is necessary to fully enjoy this book, but you most likely have that or you wouldn't be reading about Emma to begin with.If you don't, or find that you are getting lost in the history and sequence, it would pay to do a little research to better understand what she lived through.It will also help you spot bias on Goldman's part.I heartily recommend this book.It is informative, enlightening and entertaining to boot. ... Read more

17. Rebel in Paradise: A Biography of Emma Goldman (Phoenix)
by Richard Drinnon
 Paperback: 364 Pages (1982-10-15)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Author A Big Fan
the book was informative but not as objective as I had hoped.He was a trememdous admirer of Goldman. This isn't fatal for a biographer, but often is. ... Read more

by Alice Wexler
 Paperback: 320 Pages (1992-01-01)
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2-0 out of 5 stars Wexler does not get Emma
For the real Emma Goldman and for a far better understanding get
yourself copies of

Emma Goldman Living My Life Volume 1
Emma Goldman Living My Life Volume 2

These two volumes amount to nothing less than the single finest, single most relevant and unmatched autobiography in the entire history of English language autobiography.

4-0 out of 5 stars A tragedy in its classical terms
Driven -- that sums up Emma Goldman's life. Driven to accomplish an ideal. So driven that she seemed to care not what nor whom she scrambled over in order to achieve it.She was not polite about it, nor suave in her arguments.Bluntness she considered her form of honesty.Unfortunately for her, she did not succeed.The obstacles in her path were insurmountable.

Her goalwas world anarchism. Because her membership in an anarchist organization was illegal under the terms of the later discredited Immigration Act of 1918, she was swept up in the Palmer Raids, that shameful law which was spawned by war hysteria and a corrupted notion of patriotism."Red Emma", as the press often referred to her, was then culled out of the population and imprisoned with 248 others on Ellis Island, waiting for an ocean vessel to ship them out of the United States, not because they committed crimes but because they were not native born and because they publicly disagreed with the government.For Emma, this was a final crushing blow -- to be torn away from her home -- for she had just been released after having spent two years in prison because she spoke out against the draft and the United States' entry into World War I.

It was there, on that bitter winter night of 1919,that Alice Wexler begins her well-written narrative of Emma Goldman's tragic odyssey: that ofa 50-year-old matronly woman, a high-profile anarchist, a fiery lecturer, being sent, against her will to Russia -- though she was born in Lithuania --but because she once had lived in St. Petersburg.This is tragedy in its classical terms, because Emma, after having spent more than half her life in the U.S., wasmore American than Russian. Classic tragedy because she was never to return.

When she arrived in Russia, Emma and her sometimes lover and fellow anarchist Alexander Berkman then fell out with the Communists who had just begun to rule Russia following the October Revolution.So she had to move on. She could not send down roots anywhere else, not in France, nor in England, nor in Canada because, according to Ms. Wexler, Emma yearned for an ultimate return to America.

Because Emma gave herself so completely to an unworkable ideal,she was unable to find contentment anywhere or with any person.Her love affairs were all one-sided. She gave more than she could ever hope to receive from those weak men whom she was able to dominate; her commitment to her ideals were the same, she gave them more than she ever received.

To read about Emma Goldman is an interesting experience and Ms. Wexler's even-handed and well-researched view is recommended for any one interested in a study of thwarted ambitions and in the radical movement in American history. Especially important is the glaring lesson in these uncertain times of how gross injustices occur when hysteria disguised as patriotism so grossly abuse civil rights. ... Read more

19. Emma Goldman: An Intimate Life
by Alice R. Wexler
 Hardcover: 339 Pages (1984-09-12)
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20. Emma Goldman: Sexuality and the Impurity of the State (Women's Studies/Psychology/Sociology)
by Bonnie Haaland
Paperback: 201 Pages (1993-06-01)
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