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Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea (Modern Library Chronicles) Paperback – April 8, 2008
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About the Author
Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling and James A. Beard Award—winning author of Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World; Salt: A World History; 1968: The Year That Rocked the World; The Basque History of the World; and The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell; as well as the novel Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue and several other books. He lives in New York City.
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I would recommend a work that's longer and more in-depth. At less than 200 pages, this doesn't have the room to really get at what nonviolence is and its influence on human society.
I resisted buying this book for a while; even though I have read most of his other books, and have recommend Cod, The Big Oyster, and The Last Fish Tale to others. The case for active non-violence is strongly made in this book. There are numerous historic accounts of successful non-violent resistance that most of us have little familiarity, as our world tends to cater toward violence as a way of life and an instrument of the state. It points to the ethical issues, but also discusses how non-violent movements must be 100% non-violent to be effective - but that to achieve this and remain effective is very hard, as it does work against human nature.
I do believe this is a book that should be read by everyone in the world. What may not be emphasized enough is that active non-violence is probably necessary to maintain a true democracy - as the government is an instrument of power that will grow unchecked unless citizens actively question the government's motives - especially when that government tells us we are "un-American" to do so. If we asked the founding fathers, I bet they would say it us "un-American" to NOT challenge the motives authority and power. We should incorporate it in everyday life.
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When the REVOLUTION BEGINS,
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I highly recommend this.