- Nathan Brown, The George Washington University
"Wendy Pearlman poses a question of great scholarly and policy importance: Why do some national movements use violence while others employ nonviolent means of protest? Her explanation - the "organizational mediation theory of protest" - provides a convincing answer to this question and deftly critiques alternative explanations by exposing their flaws or insufficiencies. With its careful attention to concepts and mechanisms, Pearlman's study is an exemplar of qualitative research methods. Her innovative theory promises to illuminate the dynamics of violence and nonviolence in movements well beyond the Palestinian national movement as her brief analyses of the South African and Irish national movements indicate. Beyond its scholarly merits, the book generates important lessons for policymakers about the dynamics of protest and violence."
- Melani Cammett, Brown University
"Pearlman offers a commanding and comprehensive account on the use of non-violent and violent forms of protest. Examining the first and second Palestinian Uprisings in meticulous detail, Pearlman provides valuable theoretical and empirical insights about the ways in which organizational cohesion influences the content and form of protests. Her potent argument not only advances our understanding of the dynamics of Palestinian political society, but her findings have significant implications for the study of conflict and violence in comparative perspective."
- Amaney Jamal, Princeton University
"While most national liberation movements historically have adopted violent tactics to press their cause, a handful went the route of non-violence. Pearlman's masterful book argues that organizational cohesion is essential for non-violent tactics to prevail as the weapon of choice. When Palestinian leadership was cohesive, as it was in the early years of the first intifada, resistance was overwhelmingly non-violent; as Palestinian leadership fragmented during the 1990s, it inevitably led to violent (and fruitless) tactics during the second uprising. Informed by both theory and extensive fieldwork, Pearlman's book makes an outstanding contribution to scholarship on social movements and on Palestinian political history."
- Glenn Robinson, Naval Postgraduate School
"a valuable contribution to the study of the Palestinian national movement" -Lena Meari, Columbia University, Journal of Palestine Studies