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In the early 19th century, anarchist Emma Goldman was described as "the most dangerous woman in America". Her radical thought still seems highly contemporary in this audiobook, as she explores social and personal problems that are conspicuous today.

Suzanne Toren captures the politics and opinions of this seminal thinker like a powerful orator at a podium. Her bold and impeccable delivery is a fitting match for the substance of Anarchism and Other Essays, an accessible book that was clearly ahead of its time. The performance opens with an illuminating biographical sketch of Goldman and then proceeds to express Goldman's opinions on everything from imprisonment to prostitution.

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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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A timeless call to action

Emma Goldman's firebrand voice - her perceptive criticism of capitalist society, her deep love of humanity, and her commitment to a better world - is just as relevant today as when she lived. A passionate, eloquent call to action for a freer and more just world.

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  • Don M. Smith
  • 17-03-2017

The narration is crazy spectacular

It really delivers on an anarchist perspective. It's facinating to see how far we've come and how much further we have to go.

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  • Darwin
  • 27-02-2017

Critical reading for today's world

Written in 1910, every bit of the knowledge that Goldman sought and disseminated here is painfully relevant today. Anarchism, as Goldman said elsewhere, will always prevail in the human spirit because it touches the underlying truths of capitalism, government, and authority. Despite smear tactics from the state and capitalist media, despite the important but controversial tactics of cultural anarchists and the blackbloc, one also comes to the believe that anarchism also touches on the fundamental truths of humanity.

I highly recommend this book to any who wishes to emancipate themselves from the compact masses of droning capitalist cannon fodder.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-02-2018

defining article on anarchism in US a century ago

Loved it! I read it in a philosophy class in college. I just listened to it. I still find it so inspirational. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-11-2020

Some Dated Ideals

Some of the ideals of the differences between men and women's roles in society, i.e. women's suffrage and there place in the home and as childbearers, were quite outdated. The same goes for the way marriage was perceived back then. I feel that these two topics of the book may have been accurate for the time that emma goldman wrote them, but no longer apply directly to our society. There was not much memorable discussion on anarchism, but fairly accurate and well said. Not a bad book to listen to during the workday.

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  • Sam
  • 04-01-2019

Emma Goldman was a hero!

Anarchism and Other Essays is a truly epochal text. It laid the foundations for Anarchs-Feminism and influenced countless 20th century and contemporary Anarchists! A must read for any self respecting Leftist and/or Feminist!

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  • Sam Gamgee
  • 11-12-2014

A good overview of Emma Goldman's beliefs.

Would you consider the audio edition of Anarchism and Other Essays to be better than the print version?

There is considerable emotion and simmering anger in the narration, which there should be.

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If, like I, you seek to learn something about an oft misunderstood person and philosophy (Anarchism) then this book will give you some concept and right some misunderstandings.

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Sometimes it got a bit monotonous and with the benefit of hindsight we can see all the flaws in Goldman's beliefs but it was a good reading.

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  • can
  • 20-11-2019

A compelling read

The book draws you into Goldman's world as she sees it, and it is difficult to be objective when her account of the historical injustices she witnesses are so vividly described as to pique our interests. However, much of this is achieved through Goldman's words, rather than the narration of Suzanne Toren who nevertheless succeedes portraying Goldman's anger and distress yet falls flat in her tone often.

however this is ultimately a neccessary read for anyone who feels compelled to explore such social issues as those described in this book

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