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Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Ideaby Dalai Lama
Synopses & Reviews
In this timely, highly original, and controversial narrative, New York Times bestselling author Mark Kurlansky discusses nonviolence as a distinct entity, a course of action, rather than a mere state of mind. Nonviolence can and should be a technique for overcoming social injustice and ending wars, he asserts, which is why it is the preferred method of those who speak truth to power.
Nonviolence is a sweeping yet concise history that moves from ancient Hindu times to present-day conflicts raging in the Middle East and elsewhere. Kurlansky also brings into focus just why nonviolence is a “dangerous” idea, and asks such provocative questions as: Is there such a thing as a “just war”? Could nonviolence have worked against even the most evil regimes in history?
Kurlansky draws from history twenty-five provocative lessons on the subject that we can use to effect change today. He shows how, time and again, violence is used to suppress nonviolence and its practitioners–Gandhi and Martin Luther King, for example; that the stated deterrence value of standing national armies and huge weapons arsenals is, at best, negligible; and, encouragingly, that much of the hard work necessary to begin a movement to end war is already complete. It simply needs to be embraced and accelerated.
Engaging, scholarly, and brilliantly reasoned, Nonviolence is a work that compels readers to look at history in an entirely new way. This is not just a manifesto for our times but a trailblazing book whose time has come.
From the Hardcover edition.
A sweeping history of the idea of nonviolence, from ancient Hindu times to the present day, looks at twenty-five thought-provoking lessons on the subject that can be used to promote change in the modern world, arguing that many of the most important conflicts of history could have been avoided by nonviolent means. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
About the Author
Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling and James A. Beard Award—winning author of Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World; Salt: A World History; 1968: The Year That Rocked the World; The Basque History of the World; and The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell; as well as the novel Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue and several other books. He lives in New York City.
From the Hardcover edition.
Table of Contents
Imperfect beings — The problem with states — The killer peace movement — Troublemakers — The dilemma of unnatural people — Natural revolution — Peace and slavery — The curse of nations — A favorite just war — The rule of thugs and the law of gravity — Random outbreaks of hope — The twenty-five lessons.
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