The fascinating story of a long-forgotten "war on terror" that has much in common with our own
On a February evening in 1894, a young radical intellectual named Émile Henry drank two beers at an upscale Parisian restaurant, then left behind a bomb as a parting gift. This incident, which rocked the French capital, lies at the heart of The Dynamite Club, a mesmerizing account of Henry and his cohorts and the war they waged against the bourgeoisiesetting off bombs in public places, killing the president of France, and eventually assassinating President McKinley in 1901.
Paris in the belle époque was a place of leisure, elegance, and power. Newly electrified, the city’s wide boulevards were lined with posh department stores and outdoor cafés. But prosperity was limited to a few. Most lived in dire poverty, and workers and intellectuals found common cause in a political philosophyanarchismthat embraced the overthrow of the state by any means necessary.
Yet in targeting civilians to achieve their ends, the dynamite bombers charted a new course. Seeking martyrdom, believing fervently in their goal, and provoking a massive government reaction that only increased their ranks, these "evildoers" became, in effect, the first terrorists in modern history.
Surprising and provocative, The Dynamite Club is a brilliantly researched account that illuminates a period of dramatic social and political changeand subtly asks us to reflect upon our own.
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There had been anarchist bombings, including one of a police station by Henry, before he threw his handmade explosive into the Café Terminus on February 12, but their targets had been government officials or the wealthy;| Read Full Review of The Dynamite Club: How a Bomb...
Merriman contends that Henry was the prototype of the modern terrorist because, unlike previous anarchist bombers who had targeted high officials and aristocrats, Henry struck out blindly, tossing a bomb into the Café Terminus, a popular Paris establishment, on Feb. 12, 1894.Mar 08 2009 | Read Full Review of The Dynamite Club: How a Bomb...
Professor John Merriman â whose book The Dynamite Club is one of the best accounts of the anarchist attacks â explains: "After the Italian king Umberto I was assassinated by the anarchist Gaetano Bresci, the Italian state response was deliberately restrained and minor.Oct 12 2009 | Read Full Review of The Dynamite Club: How a Bomb...
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