Small Acts of Resistance How Courage, Tenacity, and Ingenuity Can Change the World

ISBN-10: 1402768079

ISBN-13: 9781402768071

Edition: 2010

Authors: Steve Crawshaw, John Jackson, V�clav Havel

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Prepare to be inspired! In a world of Goliaths, we need stories of Davids to sustain us. With its gutsy, creative, and rousing tales of ordinary people creating extraordinary change,Small Acts of Resistanceproves it is possible-armed with a little ingenuity and a lot of passion-to bring down dictators, change unfair laws, fight injustice, and raise one's voice in freedom by defying those who would deny it. Spanning the globe and history,Small Actsputs a pop culture spin on human rights with its accessible and inspiring approach to international activism. From Albania to Zimbabwe, throughout Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe, Small Acts offers an engaging collection of over 90 stories celebrating courage, perseverance, and the resilience of the human spirit. They stand as powerful reminders that a defiant spirit can cause the invincible to crack and the unchangeable to change. SMALL ACTS, BIG EFFECTS: o Afghanistan: Voting for singers on the TV showAfghan Starbecame a way of reasserting Aghans' right to make their own choices in life o Burma: Citizens protested by stringing pictures of oppressive military leaders around Rangoon's stray dogs o Denmark: During World War II, the Danish hid Jewish citizens from the Nazis by checking healthy Jewish children into hospitals with fictitious illnesses and staging fake funerals which Jewish mourners attended o Iran: Furious tweets from protesters drew worldwide attention to the developing revolution o Peru: Mass washing ceremonies of "dirty linen" were a key ingredient in getting rid of Peru's unloved president, Alberto Fujimori, after more than a decade in power
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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Union Square Press
Publication date: 10/5/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Considered one of the leading intellectual figures and moral forces in Eastern Europe today, Vaclav Havel was born into a well-to-do Prague family on October 5, 1936. Denied the right to attend the university college because of his "bourgeois" background, Havel instead studied at a technical college from 1955 to 1957, and then enlisted in the Czechoslovak Army. Havel left the army in 1959 and began a career in writing. He took a job as a resident writer for the Prague Theatre on the Balustrade in 1960 and wrote his first play, The Garden City, three years later. Wanting to learn more about the craft that he now considered a full-time career, Havel enrolled in the Academy of Dramatic Arts, graduating in 1967. Two years later Havel's passport was revoked because the government considered his writings to be subversive. As an essayist, Havel has written the books Disturbing the Peace: A Conversation with Karel Hvizdal; Living in the Truth; Open Letters: Selected Prose 1965-1990; and Temptation. From 1979 to 1982, while in prison for subversion, Havel wrote a number of letters to his wife, Olga Splichalova. In 1983 those correspondences formed Havel's book Letters to Olga. On December 29, 1989, Vaclav Havel was elected President of Czechoslovakia. He resigned in 1992, only to be elected the president of the newly formed Czech Republic in 1993. Havel has been the recipient of more than a dozen honorary degrees.

The Power of Many
Mischief with a Purpose
A Sporting Chance
Cheating the Censor
Foiling Vote Robbers
Women Say No
If Not Now, When?
Revealing Secrets
Personal Lives, Public Impact
Bearing Witness
Marshalling Arts
Just Law
When Walls Come Tumbling Down
The Power of One
Digital Dissent
In Conclusion
About the Authors
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