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Booklist Reviews 2012 October #1

*Starred Review* Emma Goldman would forever remember the November night in 1889 when she first met fellow anarchist Alexander "Sasha" Berkman: "Deep love for him welled up in my heart," she later wrote, "a feeling of certainty that our lives were linked for all time." Thanks to the extensive research of historian Avrich, completed by his daughter, Karen, readers feel the shared passions—for equality, for justice, for freedom—that forged the bond between these two firebrands, political passions that burned bright long after the cooling of the romantic passions that briefly united them as lovers. Readers will marvel at the indefatigable labors of this pair—speaking, writing, organizing—kindling new hopes for a society free from oppression and want. Still, the honest narrative exposes the dark underside of anarchist hopes, an underside evident in Berkman's failed attempt to kill tycoon Henry Clay Frick and anarchist Leon Czolgosz's assassination of President McKinley, an act inspired by Goldman's incendiary rhetoric. A narrative laced with irony details the remarkable reorientation of this pair after they were deported to a Soviet Russia they had lauded as a utopia but soon fled as a monstrous dystopia. A fully human portrait of two tightly linked yet forever fiercely independent spirits. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2012 August #1

Paul Avrich, the preeminent historian of American anarchism (Sacco and Vanzetti: The Anarchist Backgrounwd), was working at the time of his death in 2006 on a biography of anarchist Alexander ("Sasha") Berkman. One of his daughters, writer Karen Avrich, completed this final work. The book traces the lives of onetime lovers and lifelong friends and comrades Berkman and Emma Goldman. While Goldman's life has been well documented, Berkman, who had an equally large impact on American and European anarchist history, has until now been treated as little more than a historical footnote, as the anarchist who attempted to assassinate the industrialist and financier Henry Clay Frick. This book corrects that, showing the close interconnectedness of the lives of Berkman and Goldman and their impact on 20th-century anarchism. VERDICT A sweeping narrative that retains Paul Avrich's voice. While the volume includes little new research, it is still an important contribution in its restoration of Berkman's place in anarchist history. Highly recommended.—Jessica Moran, California State Archives, Sacramento

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PW Reviews 2012 June #4

America's most notorious anarchists turn out to be appealing characters, according to Avrich, the late Queens College professor of history, and his daughter. Jewish immigrants from czarist Russia, Emma Goldman (1869–1940) and Alexander Berkman (1870–1936) met in 1889, already fierce advocates of a utopian society without government. Berkman entered the history books in 1892 when he attempted to assassinate Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick. After 14 miserable years in prison, he rejoined Emma on the revolutionary front lines. Their campaigns consisted almost entirely of writing, speeches, and demonstrations, which resulted in relentless police harassment, beatings, and arrests. Deported to Russia in 1919, they fared no better under communism, ending their lives agitating across Europe and Canada. The authors portray Berkman sympathetically, but his ascetic, militant idealism was perhaps too radical for the public to which he was so devoted. Readers will likely gravitate toward the charismatic Goldman, who even as a young woman thrilled crowds, enjoyed life and the arts, and fell in love frequently and passionately. She remained a committed anarchist to her death, holding forth on issues—from women's equality to acceptance of homosexuality—well in advance of her time. This fine, definitive dual biography does justice to these radicals who fought lifelong for their ideals. B&w photos. Agent: Scott Moyers, the Wylie Agency. (Nov.)

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