Trien de Haan-Zwagerman (1891-1986) became a prominent figure in the Dutch left wing movement of the 1920s. Bart Lankester wrote her biography.
You can't live in bullshit! The life of Jan Schaefer of Louis Hoeks is wonderful to read.
At first sight, Raymond Craib’s The Cry of the Renegade, Politics and Poetry in Interwar Chile, is a biography of the anarchist poet José Domingo Gómez Rojas (1896-1920).
Elisée Reclus (1830-1905) was far ahead of his time in many fields: he was the first practitioner of the field of social geography, counts as one of the founders of naturism and vegetarianism, led the way at the Paris Commune (1870) and propagated the world language Esperanto.
Johan van Hell (1889-1952) was a versatile man. Besides being a visual artist, he was a clarinet player and oboist, and not the least.
'Despite their brave role in the resistance', Dutch Communists quickly ended up in isolation in the Cold War.
Rob van Gennep was the publisher of the political left in the Netherlands in the 70s. Geke van der Wal has now written his biography.
Missratene Söhne. Anarchismus und Sprachkritik im Fin de Siècle by Carolin Kosuch is a triple-biography of three befriended Jewish 'rebels' around the turn of the century, Gustav Landauer, Erich Mühsam and Fritz Mauthner.
Een onwrikbaar geloof in zijn gelijk ('An unshakable belief in being right') is the title that Tity de Vries gave to her biography of the left-wing journalist Sal Tas.
A book to be feasted on, as nicely edited is Pette Cacao and Chocolate, A Zaan family business in turbulent times, by Marijke C. Pette, just published by Kemper Conseil
Louise Michel, icon of the Commune of Paris, published her memoirs in book form in 1886.
Adriaan van Veldhuizen recently received his PhD in Leiden for a study about the Dutch Social-Democratic Workers' Party in it's pioneering phase. He asked himself what the party meant for the 'ordinary' members of the first hour.