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ISBN:
0486225437
Author:
Emma Goldman
Category:
Politics & Government
Language:
English
Publisher:
Dover Publications; Facsimile Reprint edition (June 1, 1970)
Pages:
503 pages
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4.8
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About 150 pages deal with their time in Russia-at first trying to be useful to the Revolution, then experiencing increasing disillusionment with its authoritarianism.

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Living My Life, Vol. 1 - Emma Goldman. CHAPTER I. IT WAS THE 15TH OF AUGUST 1889, THE DAY OF MY ARRIVAL IN New York City. I was twenty years old. All that had happened in my life until that time was now left behind me, cast off like a worn-out garment. A new world was before me, strange and terrifying. But I had youth, good health, and a passionate ideal. 1 book. See a Problem? We’d love your help. You damn bitch of an anarchist, I wish I could get at yo. .

Emma Goldman came from Russia at the age of 17. After an encounter with the sweatshop and an unfortunate marriage, she plunged into the bewildering intellectual and activist chaos that attended American social evolution around the turn of the twentieth century. She knew practically everyone of importance in radical circles. She dominated many areas of the radical movement, lecturing, writing, haranguing, and publishing to awaken the world to her ideas

Depending on the reader's political expectations, Emma's life is either inspiring or downright terrifying

Depending on the reader's political expectations, Emma's life is either inspiring or downright terrifying. Those who believe in social conformity would probably be more comfortable moving on to other fodder.

Emma Goldman Living My Life 1931 New York, Alfred A Knopf In. 1931. Almost everything in the way of books, correspondence, and similar material that I had accumulated during the thirty-five years of my life in the United States had been confiscated by the Department of Justice raiders and never returned. I lacked even my personal set of the Mother Earth magazine, which I had published for twelve years. It was a problem I could see no solution for. Sceptic that I am, I had overlooked the magic power of friendship, which had so often in my life made mountains move.

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“You damn bitch of an anarchist, I wish I could get at you. I would tear your heart out and feed it to my dog.” This was one of the less obscene messages received by Emma Goldman (1869-1940), while in jail on suspicion of complicity in the assassination of McKinley. The most notorious woman of her day, she was bitterly hated by millions and equally revered by millions.The strong feelings she aroused are understandable. She was an alien, a practicing anarchist, a labor agitator, a pacifist in World War 1, an advocate of political violence, a feminist, a proponent of free love and birth control, a communist, a street-fighter for justice — all of which she did with strong intellect and boundless passion. Today, of course, many of the issues that she fought over are just as vital as they were then.Emma Goldman came from Russia at the age of 17. After an encounter with the sweatshop and an unfortunate marriage, she plunged into the bewildering intellectual and activist chaos that attended American social evolution around the turn of the twentieth century. She knew practically everyone of importance in radical circles. She dominated many areas of the radical movement, lecturing, writing, haranguing, and publishing to awaken the world to her ideas. After World War I she was deported to Russia, where she soon discovered that anarchists were no better liked than in America, despite Lenin’s first gesture of welcome. She escaped with her life but never was allowed to return to the United States.Emma Goldman was a devastatingly honest woman, who spared herself as little as she spared anyone else. From her account the reader can gain insight into a curious personality type of recurrent interest: a woman who devoted her life to eliminating suffering, yet could make a bomb or assist in staging an assassination. Equally interesting are her comments on other radicals of the period, such as Kropotkin, Berkman, Mooney, Lenin, Trotsky, Haywood, Most, the Haymarket martyrs, and many others. Her autobiography, written with vigor, ranks among the finest in the English language.
  • Beydar
Whether you enjoy radical thought, history, or autobiographies, this is an exemplary text. Besides the historical value of her narrative, I think what is particularly attractive about E. G. is that she was a century ahead of her time in many ways, and thus her experiences continue to be relevant today. Throughout her life she traveled the U. S. and the world organizing and speaking against authoritarianism, militarism, capitalism, and all other institutions that undermine individual freedom. She also worked actively as a nurse, gave lectures on modern drama, and educated women about contraceptives (at a time when such activity was illegal). E. G. met many of the prominent radicals and intellectuals of her time, and it is a treat to read of her encounters with Kropotkin, Debs, Louise Michel, and scores of other fascinating people.

In Vol. 1 E. G. shares her development into the most notorious anarchist agitator in the U. S. and the myriad struggles of which she is a part. The reader obtains a deeper understanding of the struggle between workers and big business, the different radical groups that competed / cooperated with each other, and the subsequent persecution of radicals due to their activities. Vol. 2 includes the imprisonment of E. G. and her friend Sasha Berkman as oppontents of WWI followed by their deportations to Russia. Of particular historical interest is their experiences of the contradictions of the Bolshevik government, which they had previously defended. About 150 pages deal with their time in Russia--at first trying to be useful to the Revolution, then experiencing increasing disillusionment with its authoritarianism. This section includes personal accounts of the Kronstadt Rebellion and the death of Peter Kropotkin.

E. G. is one of the most beautiful and dynamic personalities of the 20th century, and her life is packed with enough history and adventure that it necessitates two volumes of autobiography. Combined they weigh in at 1000 pages, and honestly she probably could have trimmed it down to 600-700 without losing the heart of the material. On the other hand, it is really impossible to get too much of Emma Goldman.
  • Rude
In her autobiography Emma Goldman explains her life, narrating the experience of marching to her own drummer. Depending on the reader's political expectations, Emma's life is either inspiring or downright terrifying. Those who believe in social conformity would probably be more comfortable moving on to other fodder.
Nevertheless, this eyewitness account of American and Russian history, ought not to be trivially dismissed. Emma fought for things we have taken for granted in modern life, such as birth-control and the eight-hour work day; she went to jail in the struggle to obtain these for us. This book explains how she lived her commitment to individual liberty, choosing who she would love, advocating revolution, and harrassing those of her "allies" who compromised on these principles.
Perhaps the most interesting portion of the book is her years in Russia. Here she describes arriving at the "Promised Land" of the peoples' revolution and how that mutated into a sense of disillusionment and horror at what she saw as the betrayal of that revolution by the "dictatorship of the proletariat."
Her writing style is nothing exceptional, but the story she weaves from the material of her life is nothing short of fascinating. Another reviewer suggested taking a break between volumes--I couldn't! I had to know what happened next.
Although there are a lot of pages to wade through, I will give this book as a gift to the young women in my life. I believe that Emma can serve as a role model for living one's own life, not living out the expectations of friends, family, or society. In a dysfunctional world, we have too few people who model this.
Emma gets three stars for writing style, but the powerful and plentiful content bring the rating up to five stars. Not to be missed.
(If you'd like to discuss this book or review, click on the "about me" link above & drop me an email. Thanks!)
  • Exellent
This book should be read by everyone who cares about civilization and human existence. It is probably one of the more revealing and informative books of the last 100 years. It is very difficult to change our sick world, but it might be possible if this book reached critical mass readership.
  • Fearlessrunner
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.
  • MOQ
When I first read Emma Goldman in the 1960's it changed my life. If you want to understand Herstory read this book.
  • Zeli
Obviously, I love it. It's my introduction. But I'm puzzled by the objections about the font and size. The Penguiin edition has not been issued in small print. I am not a young reader with excellent vision. No problem with the size of print. Also, I wish to caution readers that this is an abridged version of Volumes I and II of the autobiography as originally published by Norton. Sorry I haven't logged in sooner.
  • Talvinl
Shipped and arrived as expected.
Amazing auto-biograghy of an amazing revolutionary. Calling herself an Anarchist, Emma Goldman was one of the most powerful political and social activists of her day. The book reads like an amazing novel, couldn't put it down.