The Accidental Anarchist by Bryna Kranzler

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Kranzler’s vivid and visceral writing, anchored to the rock solid and consistent depiction of the protagonist and the force of history, makes for a seamless and cohesive page-chaser.
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The Accidental Anarchist is the true story of Jacob Marateck, an Orthodox Jew who was sentenced to death three times in the early 1900s in Russia -- and lived to tell about it. He also happens to have been the author's grandfather. The book is based on the diaries that Marateck began keeping in 1905. That was when he decided to overthrow the Czar . . . The story is told in Marateck's voice, and is characterized by his remarkable humor and irony that contrasted with the circumstances and were key to his survival. It includes a rare, soldier's-eye view of a little-known war that changed the geopolitical status of several nations.
 

About Bryna Kranzler

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Bryna Kranzler is a graduate of Barnard College where she studied playwriting, and received the Helen Prince Memorial Prize for Dramatic Composition. Her first play was a finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Memorial Theater Competition, and was scheduled for production twice: the first time, the theater owner died, and the season was shut down; the second time, the director committed suicide. For the benefit of the arts community, she got out of playwriting and earned an MBA from Yale University to make up for her misspent youth. She spent 15 years in marketing for health-care, high tech and consumer products companies before returning to writing. Her first book, The Accidental Anarchist, is the winner of multiple awards, including the Sharp Writ Book Award for General Non-Fiction, the Readers Favorite Award for Historical/Cultural Non-Fiction, the International Book Award, and National Indie Excellence Award for a Historical Biography, and the "USA Best Books" Award for a Historical Biography.
 
Published October 22, 2010 by Crosswalk Press. 351 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment, Travel. Non-fiction
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Blog Critics

Excellent
on Feb 21 2012

As one takes up The Accidental Anarchist, they will be launching out into an adventure that will stick for years to come.

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Blog Critics

Good
on Feb 07 2011

Kranzler’s vivid and visceral writing, anchored to the rock solid and consistent depiction of the protagonist and the force of history, makes for a seamless and cohesive page-chaser.

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
on Oct 22 2010

Through Ms. Kranzler we enter her grandfather’s heart and his life—and what a magnificent experience.

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ForeWord Reviews

Excellent
on Oct 16 2010

The Accidental Anarchist is the true story of a likable hero on an epic journey.

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