Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Book Review from The Guardian (Stuart Christie) of The World That Never Was: A True Story Of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists & Secret Agents by Alex Butterworth

A fascinating look at the world of late 19th Century and early 20th Century Anarchism, specifically the violent individualist Propaganda of the Deed factions but also the Paris Commune of 1871, The Haymarket Riots of Chicago, 1886, that brought you Mayday and Anarchist figures such as Louise MichelPeter Kropotkin and Errico Malatesta. Prominent are the infiltrations and manipulations of Britain's, Europe's and the US's secret police forces with a special role for the Russian Tsarist secret police, The Okhrana, to undermine the Anarchist movement and create panic and fear in the public. Although the labyrinthine complexity of the different plots and the cast of thousands is difficult to follow, this book is relevant to today's situation, as a new era of struggle erupts on the world stage. 

Read the veteran anarchist Stuart Christie's review in The Guardian here.

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