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Nonviolence: Twenty-Five Lessons from the History of a Dangerous Idea (Modern Library Chronicles)

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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.

Review:

"Kurlansky applies the microhistorical approach of his bestellers (Cod; Salt) to the loftier subject of nonviolence — which, he observes, is so 'profoundly dangerous' to the powers that be that it has never existed as an idea in and of itself, only as the absence of violence. 'Active practitioners of nonviolence are always seen as a threat,' he says, and the conflict between authority and nonviolent resistance becomes a 'moral argument' that, all too often, the nonviolent lose by abandoning their ideal in the name of self-defense. But as he studies the history of nonviolence from the dawn of Christianity to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Kurlansky can also point to prominent victories, like Gandhi's quest for Indian independence and the Eastern European resistance to the Soviets. There are plenty of missed opportunities, too; the American Revolution, he suggests, need not have escalated into war; 'protest and economic sabotage' might have forced Britain to withdraw from the colonies. Sometimes, Kurlansky's impassioned rhetoric turns argumentative, and his 'lessons' — e.g., 'behind every war there are always a few founding lies' — offer scant practical guidance to those wanting to take up the nonviolent mantle themselves. (Sept. 5)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

From the prize-winning, "New York Times" bestselling author comes a provocative history that persuasively argues that even the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and World War II could have been avoided by nonviolent means.

Synopsis:

From the prize-winning, "New York Times" bestselling author comes a provocative history that persuasively argues that even the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and World War II could have been avoided by nonviolent means.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679643357
Subtitle:
25 Lessons from the History of a Dangerous Idea
Author:
Kurlansky, Mark
Foreword by:
Dalai Lama
Foreword:
Dalai Lama
Author:
Lama, Dalai
Publisher:
Modern Library
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Nonviolence
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Political Advocacy
Subject:
World History-1650 to Present
Copyright:
Series:
Modern Library Chronicles
Publication Date:
20060912
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.18x5.96x.65 in. .76 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Kurlansky applies the microhistorical approach of his bestellers (Cod; Salt) to the loftier subject of nonviolence — which, he observes, is so 'profoundly dangerous' to the powers that be that it has never existed as an idea in and of itself, only as the absence of violence. 'Active practitioners of nonviolence are always seen as a threat,' he says, and the conflict between authority and nonviolent resistance becomes a 'moral argument' that, all too often, the nonviolent lose by abandoning their ideal in the name of self-defense. But as he studies the history of nonviolence from the dawn of Christianity to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Kurlansky can also point to prominent victories, like Gandhi's quest for Indian independence and the Eastern European resistance to the Soviets. There are plenty of missed opportunities, too; the American Revolution, he suggests, need not have escalated into war; 'protest and economic sabotage' might have forced Britain to withdraw from the colonies. Sometimes, Kurlansky's impassioned rhetoric turns argumentative, and his 'lessons' — e.g., 'behind every war there are always a few founding lies' — offer scant practical guidance to those wanting to take up the nonviolent mantle themselves. (Sept. 5)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , From the prize-winning, "New York Times" bestselling author comes a provocative history that persuasively argues that even the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and World War II could have been avoided by nonviolent means.
"Synopsis" by , From the prize-winning, "New York Times" bestselling author comes a provocative history that persuasively argues that even the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and World War II could have been avoided by nonviolent means.
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