Nonviolence The History of a Dangerous Idea

ISBN-10: 0812974476
ISBN-13: 9780812974478
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Description: In this timely, highly original, and controversial narrative,New York Timesbestselling 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/8/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

In this timely, highly original, and controversial narrative,New York Timesbestselling 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 0;dangerous1; idea, and asks such provocative questions as: Is there such a thing as a 0;just war1;? 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,Nonviolenceis 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.

Mark Kurlansky is the author of The Basque History of the World, the New York Times bestseller Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World (among the New York Public Library's Best Books of the Year in 1998), as well as A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry; A Continent of Islands: Searching for the Caribbean Destiny, and several acclaimed works of short fiction and journalism about the Caribbean. He spent seven years as the Caribbean correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. He lives in New York City.

The Dalai Lama, spiritual & political leader of the Tibetan people & a Nobel Peace Laureate, has in the last decade become a global spiritual leader whose message of universal & individual responsibility has won worldwide acclaim.

Foreword
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
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Index

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