The World That Never Was: A True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists and Secret Agents (Paperback)
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The World That Never Was: A True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists and Secret Agents (Paperback)

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Paperback 544 Pages / Published: 03/03/2011
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The last years of the nineteenth century saw the birth of a new phenomenon: international terrorism. Bombings and assassinations shook the great cities of Europe and America, threatening social order. Fiendish networks of anarchist conspiritors were blamed and the public whipped into a frenzy of anxiety. The reality was rather different. These dramatic events were only the most visible part of a longer, clandestine struggle waged between the forces of revolution and reaction, in which little was as it seemed. Alex Butterworth interweaves group biography, cultural history and meticulous detective work to create a revelatory account of the age. Both intimate and panoramic, it is a story with uncanny resonances for today.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099551928
Number of pages: 544
Weight: 383 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Exhilarating...almost any paragraph packs more action than an entire Dan Brown novel" * Financial Times *
"Butterworth has created an impressive work which will captivate those unfamiliar with anarchist history and teach even specialists much that they did not know before" * Independent *
"Compelling and insightful... The World That Never Was is a compelling narrative history both of a generation of demonised and battered - but optimistic - revolutionaries...and of the political police forces ranged against them" -- Stuart Christie * Guardian *
"A rich and passionate account of the world's first international terrorist campaign... Brilliant... A thrilling and important book" * Sunday Times *
"One of the most absorbing depictions of the dark underside of radical politics in many years...a riveting account, teeming with intrigue and adventure and packed with the most astonishing characters" * New Statesman *

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