'The book urges the French, and everyone else, to recapture the wartime spirit of resistance to the Nazis by rejecting the "insolent, selfish" power of money and markets and by defending the social "values of modern democracy."
"This slim but powerful volume answered the public's need for a voice to articulate popular resentment of ruling-class ruthlessness, police brutality, stark income disparities, banking and political corruption, and victimization of the poor and immigrants."
"INDIGNEZ-VOUS! is creating the sort of stir in France Emile Zola did in 1898, when he published J'Accuse!"
―The National Post
"Like a song you hum or a film you recommend to friends, INDIGNEZ-VOUS! crystallises the spirit of the time. To buy it is a militant act, a gesture towards community and participation in a collective emotion."
Stephane Hessel was born in Germany in 1917, emigrated with his Jewish writer father and mother to France in 1924, and fought in the French Army in 1940. After being captured by German forces, he escaped from a prisoner of war camp and joined General Charles de Gaulle's Free French in London. On his clandestine return to organise the Resistance in France, he was caught, arrested, tortured and sent to concentration camps. He escaped death to work after the war on drafting the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, whose ideals he defends passionately to this day.
Mr. Hessel as an incredible biography, and I was hoping for either a memoir of his experiences during World War II or an essay of his reflections on and lessons learned from having... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Josh H. Knight
This is an excellent read. We should be doing something about organising ourselves to make the world a better place, for example politically.Published 10 months ago by Donald Stamp
A book that we should read in times like the present one, when violence is present in the world. Who better to teach us a lesson than Mr Hessel, an Holocaust victim,and an activist... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ars
This is a good book by a very decent man. I liked it so well that I bought a dozen copies to hand out to friends.Published 17 months ago by P. Mulloy
If you're 15, impressionable and stupid this will appeal to you. If you're French and think it was the resistance that liberated the country in 1945 then you too will appreciate... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Lev Eriksson
The book questions the roots of our social order
Produced by a WWII veteran hero,
skilful writer and formidable philosopher. Read more
This little book is an eye opener. Not only has Stephane Hessel accurately described our overwhelming problem in 2014, but his references to fascism and dictatorship during WW2... Read morePublished 20 months ago by James Markway
Could not find the connection pertinent to the United States. Applies to France. Not worth the time required to read.Published 21 months ago by Robert Whitener
I am only reading this book because is required to a college class and as a mandatory reading . I just did.Published on August 31, 2013 by salsa lover