Alexander "Sasha" Berkman (1870-1936). Russian-born and exiled to Siberia for revolutionary activity and a student of Nihilism, he emigrated to America in 1888 and quickly became a radical anarchist. On July 22, 1892 he committed the act that cast him into the limelight, his assassination attempt of Henry Clay Frick. Frick had fired union steelworkers, refused to deal with the unions, hired strikebreakers and Pinkerton detectives by the hundreds. So on July 22, Berkman marched into Frick's private office in Pittsburg and fired three shots point-blank at Frick and stabbed him with a poisoned knife, yet failing to kill him. Berkman was knocked unconscious, brought to trial and sentenced 22 years in prison but was released after 14 years, much in solitary confinement. He published Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist, was jailed another two years for antiwar activity, and deported to the Soviet Union in 1919. Exiled from there he spent time in Germany and France, publishing The Bolshevik Myth and ABC of Anarchism before committing suicide in 1936.

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