More Powerful Than Dynamite by Thai Jones

More Powerful Than Dynamite

In the year that saw the start of World War I, the United States was itself on the verge of revolution: industrial depression in the east, striking coal miners in Colorado, and increasingly tense relations with Mexico. There was blood in the air that year,†a witness later recalled, there truly was. In New York, the year had opened with bright expectations, but 1914 quickly tumbled into disillusionment and violence. For John Purroy Mitchel, t...

Details More Powerful Than Dynamite

TitleMore Powerful Than Dynamite
Release DateApr 24th, 2012
PublisherWalker & Company
GenreHistory, Politics, New York, Nonfiction, North American Hi..., American History

Reviews More Powerful Than Dynamite

  • David Buccola
    Thai Jones does a good job of researching the weather of 1914; beyond that the book is a complete hatchet job, filled with liberal bias toward radicals, like Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman. John D. Rockefeller Jr., on the other hand, is handled with kid gloves and portrayed as a victim. What makes it all the worse is that Thai Jones flaunts his parents radical past in order to give himself street creed that he most assuredly does not deserve....
  • Helene
    A great examination on a little known area of NYC history and history of social justice movements in the US. A very well written and engaging book nonfiction book, which makes this a rare wonderful gem!
  • Zoe
    History really does repeat itself, the similarities of the 1910s and now (2018) are uncanny: attacks on the first amendment for the sake of national security, capitalists repression on labor, high unemployment, class inequalities. Even though I learned quite a bit about American history, the way Jones uses language is misleading. He makes all anarchists out to be promoters of violence, rather than promoters of liberty; considers Woodrow Wilson a ...
  • Joe Collins
    Interesting book. I will admit that I was really concerned that it would be very biased after I discovered that author is a son of Weatherman terrorists. I didn’t know that when I bought the Kindle version of the book. The author actually came off rather neutral and even sympathetic to the likes of John D. Rockefeller Jr, NYC Mayor Mitchel, and NYCPD Commissioner Wood. The author shows some of the negative aspects of the anarchists like Emma Go...
  • L.
    A year (1914) in the life of New York. They don't really teach much about this period in school, so it's worth examining--though you'd be hard-pressed to find an unslanted account, and you won't find it here.Also, the Acknowledgments are full of unprosecuted domestic terrorists from the 60s, which I won't play into the author's hands by getting any further agitated about...
  • Bruce
    The preponderance of this work covers the year 1914 in New York City and the major characters in the news. It was the first year of 'progressive' Mayor John Purroy Mitchel's administration and a number of knowledgeable, experienced people took over from the cronyism of Tammany Hall. Anarchists wanted more concern for the working class and those out of work due to actions of the barons of industry. The major plutocrat was John D. Rockefeller, Jr. ...
  • B. Turner
    Jones explores a time when New York was a hotbed of radical politics, when tens of thousands of its residents were members of labor unions, and anarchists regularly held well-attended rallies at Union Square and other public venues. The year referred to in the title is 1914, a year of notable conflict between capital and labor, when anarchists plotted (unsuccessfully) to bomb the apartment of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. for his complicity in the mas...
  • Heidi
    Jones is obviously well educated. Unfortunately, instead of weaving together events in history to prove his thesis (that 1914 was in fact, a year filled with anarchy) Jones shares with readers everything he knows about the subject. There were some enlightening moments, some interesting and unknown facts. However, I found the book a difficult and frustrating read.
  • Candace
    I'm a huge fan of this book and probably because I'm a huge fan of anarchist history and NY history. It was a very good read and I learned a great deal about early 20th century politics in the US. I would loved more detail about the Ludlow Massacre but that is hardly a blemish on this book or the author. I look forward to reading A Radical Line!
  • Dad
    Learned a lot about the era.
  • John Schaberg
    This was a strange book. I learned a lot about the anarchist movement in New York, but the way it was written was kind of all over the place.
  • Shawn
    It's a competent book, but somewhat slow going.