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Revolution by Murder

Emma Goldman, Alexander Berkman, and the Plot to Kill Henry Clay Frick
Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
Categories: History, Political
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The heart-pounding true story of the plot to kill the most powerful man in America.

In 1892, America was on the verge of another civil war, this one over industrial slavery. It was the era of robber barons, and none was more reviled for his harsh treatment of workers than industrialist Henry Clay Frick. The deadly Homestead Steel Strike that summer had left Frick with blood on his hands, and two young, impassioned radicals thought he should pay for his crimes. Answering the utopian call of a world without government, Alexander Berkman and his lover, Emma Goldman, set out for revenge in the name of the proletariat. Theirs is the story of revolution by murder.

A "dramatic, fast-moving new tale of violence and political activism," wrote Douglas Perry in a review posted on Oregonlive.com. "Revolution by Murder is a Kindle single, not a full-scale historical work. That means the story, at just 51 pages, is self-contained, the context flash-fried. But that's what Morris, the author of a well-received biography of Joseph Pulitzer, wants it to be. It might be little more than a snack for a serious history reader, but it's a tasty one."

James McGrath Morris is a biographer and writer of narrative nonfiction. His books include Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne's Journey Through the Civil Rights Revolution (forthcoming); Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power; The Rose Man of Sing Sing: A True Tale of Life, Murder, and Redemption in the Age of Yellow Journalism; and Jailhouse Journalism: The Fourth Estate Behind Bars. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is currently writing a book about the friendship between writers Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos.

©2014 James McGrath Morris (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • 20-07-17

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I'm not sure about the more flowery parts. But there is more truth in this short book than in my american education.