My Disillusionment in Russia

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First work originally published: Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1923; second work originally published: My further disillusionment in Russia. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1924.

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John C

Jan 3, 2014

Emma finds the Truth about Communism

Emma Goldman's career as a labor organizer and Socialist advocate is a common theme in Socialist literature of the early 20th Century. These writers fail to provide their readers with the end of the story. When Ms. Goldman went to the Soviet Union, she found not a "worker's paradise," but rather a murdering dictatorship. The worker was being used as a pawn, and the rhetoric of labor was only a cover story for Lenin's personal ambition. This book is a must-read for anyone who is interested in the US labor movement, Socialism, or the early development of the Soviet Union. Perhaps Emma's best service as a "working-class hero" would have been to share her hard lesson, and to warn the American labor movement away from Socialist leanings -- but of course they didn't listen.

Thomas D

Nov 8, 2012

Russia Seen by Emma

What a remarkable portrait of the early days of the revolution in Russia! This is an intimate description of how the Russian Revolution was stolen by a small but determined group; how the Bolsheviks managed to subvert the ideals that inspired the people's revolt against a post-feudal capitalist order.

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