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Fear No Evil Paperback – November 27, 1998
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Learning how one man could take on the KGB and outsmart, outwill, and outlast them is a truly uplifting experience.
So begins the story of the famous battle between the future King David of Israel and the giant Phillistine during Biblical times. In Natan Shcharansky's "Fear No Evil" (the title taken from one of David's own psalms), the author is less equipped even than young David in battling the ubiquitous and evil KGB, which maintains an illegal presence in the prisons he's held in (again, illegally), accused of spying for western countries. But because of decisions he makes early in his arrest, he is the victor in the struggle waged over his soul by men who would like him to acknowledge he is wrong, who would like him to implicate others in his "crimes" in order for favors from them, or who would simply like him to stop being the delightful fly in the prison ointment he is.
Shcharansky's only weapons during his trial and during his following prison term, consist of his personal integrity, which remains unsullied; his faith and trust in his family and friends; and a tiny book of psalms that he will spare nothing in reminding prison officials he is entitled to. He sometimes has to wage a hunger strike for these things, but always wins.Read more ›
In contrast to Solzenytsin's breathtakingly vivid literary style and powerful analysis of the core of the Soviet regime and it's criminal code, Sharansky's book read rather like an eagle's eye view of a convoluted social and political order. "Fear no Evil" reads instead like a game of mental swordsmanship, with a self-inflicted narrow focus quite removed from breadth and depth of a much needed analysis on the Soviet system as a whole.
However, Sharansky does not proclaim himself to be a literary guru. This book is a poignant (if dry) portrayal of one man's fight for freedom - both for himself and 2 million of his people. The uncompromising stance taken by the author with the Soviet regime throughout his imprisonment - his life, family and future hanging in the balance - is awe-inspiring in its simplicity and effectiveness.
It has become a cliche in our time that "one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter". Yet the Sharanskys of the world have proven that one need not be a terrorist to be a freedom fighter. Where are such men today?
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Fear No Evil is a well written book that documents the struggle of the Russian Jew during Brezhnev's rule and longer. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Carole J Morrell
May I compare Nathan to Dostoyevski? Fear no evil is similar to the House of the dead. Both writers are political, not criminal oriented. Both go to prison invalidly. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Armando Bautista
An amazing account! I feel I met the man, Sharansky and I really want to meet him in person, now that I read this book. I felt I was there, in the prison with him. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Miriam Bracha Heimler
It gave me a deeper understanding of how a person with great ideals can find a way to survive and work through the system and leading the way for others to followPublished 5 months ago by Sharon
Extremely well written of sharansky's struggle. His wit and brilliance leap from every page. This inspirational story is a must-read!Published 6 months ago by Michael H
All though this is an old book it gives insight into life in a despotic regime, and the psychology of people that do not know what a free and open society is. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer