The Orgasms of History: 3000 Years of Spontaneous Insurrection
AK, 2002 - History - 248 pages
Every now and then, things explode. Riots, uprisings, revolutions, new and bizarre social groups spring up seemingly from nowhere. Our standard histories tend to treat these as oddities, if treated at all, or as misguided responses to hard times, limited by lack of responsible leadership. Here's a People's History to puncture that balloon. From the Cynics & Spartacus through the Levelers, Diggers & Ranters to the Revolution of the Carnation, the San Francisco Diggers, Red Guard of Shenwulian, Brethren of the Free Spirit, Guevara, the Provos & the Metropolitan Indians. Nearly 100 episodes of revolt and utopia which popped up without a plan or a leader from the ancient Greeks to the present.
Fremion lives in Paris where he participated in the May '68 orgasm.
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Review: Orgasms of History: 3000 Years of Spontaneous InsurrectionUser Review - Erik - Goodreads
I actually use this book in classes I teach - lots of little snippets of rebellion, that Fremion calls "Orgasms of history." Good stuff, but a bit light, and not the beginning of longer research - no pointers to more work, really. Read full review
Review: Orgasms of History: 3000 Years of Spontaneous InsurrectionUser Review - Moxie Marlinspike - Goodreads
The premise of the book sounds great, but it's actually terrible. Almost unreadable, actually. This is yet another book that AK mysteriously went through all the trouble to publish, but without editing it. Read full review