"Goddess of Anarchy is meticulously researched."
"In disentangling the riddle of Lucy Parsons, one of America's most famous Anarchists, Jones has written an important biography.... In an artful braid of narratives, the author penetrates Parsons' false story of her identity as a "Spanish-Indian maiden," and through her impressive research finds that Parsons married a former Confederate soldier, denied her African-American roots, and in lectures to vast crowds in 19th century America, calculatingly promoted herself to followers in carefully-honed soundbites like her famous exhortation: "Learn the use of explosives."
"Jones's book persuasively explains both the causes for which Parsons fought as well as inconsistencies apparent in her character and actions. This readable biography will appeal to readers with many interests, including the history of women's studies, radicalism, labor, race relations, urbanism, and especially Chicago."
"Thanks to Goddess of Anarchy...readers finally have a penetrating account of Parsons's long, remarkable life....There is much to praise in Goddess of Anarchy, including Jones's thorough research, which has laid to rest uncertainty about Parsons's origins, and the ways the book illuminates the rapidly changing economic and political circumstances in which Parsons operated."
—Michael Kazin, author of War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918