A century ago, the United States was poised to enter a new era as a global power, spreading its mix of democracy and capitalism to the rest of the world. But not every American thought his country was a suitable model for others. On Sept. 6, 1901, anarchist Leon Czolgosz shot and fatally wounded President William A. McKinley. History books have relegated this incident to a mere footnote, and Czolgosz is usually labeled "a deranged anarchist." Forgotten is the political movement that inspired his deed. A new novel by Chapel Hill political columnist and activist Daniel A. Coleman
, The Anarchist
(pictured) looks into Czolgosz's life and times, and the poorly understood philosophy of anarchism. The book is particularly relevant after recent events, including the "Battle in Seattle" protesting World Trade Organization talks, and the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. Hear Coleman speak at the Regulator Bookshop in Durham on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. Call 286-2700 for details.