- Series: Politics of Nonviolent Action, Part 1
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Porter Sargent Publishers (June 2, 1973)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 087558070X
- ISBN-13: 978-0875580708
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The first volume is rather short and summarizes. It is well worth the read. The second volume is rather dull from a reading standpoint but very necessary. Probably only an academe or tactician could really get enthused about it. The third volume is a good read. I found it very informative and useful.
Before reading this book, my answer to peaceniks would have been that the only true peace was that of the battlefield -- when everything is quiet and dead. I imaged nonviolence as capitulation. Now I see it as conflict by other means: a means of struggle requiring high courage, strict discipline, and thoughtful strategy.
I believe that two conditions are required for nonviolence to succeed: 1) there must be sufficient information flow between the populations of the nonviolent group and the aggressor group, and 2) some proportion of the aggressor group must be able to identify with members of the nonviolent group. If news of the struggle never circulates, bureaucracy can structure violence to continue indefinitely; if the aggressors see others as less than animals, the violence will also continue without end.
In violent struggle at least 50% of the participants lose. Sometimes the costs are so high that everybody loses. In nonviolent struggle, at most 50% of the participants lose and often not so severely. Sometimes both sides seem to come out ahead.
Emotionally, I'm still very much in touch with the hubris of violence. Intellectually, nonviolence offers strategies and approaches not otherwise available. Both those who extol nonviolence and those who denigrate it as folly should read this book. Otherwise, I think they speak from the most desperate ignorance.
This book - "part 1" of a series of three - is dealing about the theory of nonviolent action, part 2 is the cookbook while part 3 is more about tactics. I find part 1 and 3 the most interesting to read. Part 1 is an excellent and essential read and a real eye-opener that makes you understand that NVA is just another means of combat, as is war. NVA is not pacifism. NVA has got all the elements of warfare: "weapons", tactics, strategy, courage, hierarchy, discipline and sacrifice. It just isn't violent. However - after 38 successful years - these book-series might need an upgrade. Modern warfare is not what it used to be in the seventies and so is NVA. These series highlights NVA as a methodology that can be used by the oppressed, however NVA can be used by the oppressor too. Unfortunately these series are not really focusing on NVA techniques and tactics that could be used by the oppressor. In the old days autocrats used simple propaganda like Radio/TV-spots, slogans, billboards and statues of the dictator as means of NVA. Modern propaganda or PSYOPS is much more sophisticated. The role of modern mass media has become much more important since the seventies, so has the power of (International) public opinion.Read more ›
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I'm a student of whom want to follow the path of that type of author person. This book brought the insightful knowledge.Published 23 months ago by Saksovuthy Say
In this book, Gene Sharp describes why nonviolent action is effective in making governments listen to those they govern (in fact, more effective than violent uprisings! Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by Karen L. Lane
The above reviews say it well. I'm glad I ordered this first of the series and others by the author. Read morePublished on March 16, 2011 by Amazon Customer
Don't be ripped off. You can still buy ALL THREE of the volumes from the Albert Einstein Institue for under $30. Read morePublished on February 24, 2011 by Robert J Mabrito