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Without Marx or Jesus Paperback – August, 1972

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Delacorte Pr (August 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440597293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440597292
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,998,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book about the US during the turmoil of the 1960s and early 1970s. It makes many of the same points that "Greening AMerica" did, but from the perspective of a European. Revel believed (rightly in my opinion) that the US was engaged in a fundamental experiment of the kind of society it wanted to be, an impetus coming from the bottom rather than from the top elite. He took a sympathetic view of the youth revolt in the US, which he saw as far less ideological than their counterparts elsewhere and hence more open-minded and practical. He may have been right.
The particlar fun of this book is the way he punctured European, and particularly French, pretentions to hold a monopoly on the progressive left. He applied acid sarcasm and hilarious examples of their prejudices against the US, which sound so petty today. Indeed, he shows them up for the snobs and hypocrits that they still are with great wit.
ALong the way, he makes many points that hit home, such as, it is not what is done that is necessarily most important, but the process and ability to change things democratically that is. That was the great gem of wisdom that I took away from this splendid book, when I read it 23 years ago. Revel's is a unique and talented voice. It is a pity more of his books are not translated nto English. His recent memoire, available only in French, is truly brilliant as well.
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Format: Hardcover
FIRST published in English in 1971, this classic work on US society and the nature of revolution proved to be prescient in many respects. Revel's astute analyses include the observations that European culture was stagnant and that Europeans were hopelessly ignorant and uninformed on the United States. Even more alarmingly, then already the European elites were projecting onto the USA their guilt and self-loathing for their own imperialistic past. The author also explores the concept of revolution, distinguishing mere revolts that lead to worse oppression from revolutions with a lasting beneficial effect.

He identifies 5 conditions prerequisite for revolution and 5 solutions to the unsatisfactory conditions. There must be critiques of: 1 injustice in economic, social & racial relationships 2 management against the waste of human & material resources 3 political power, both its sources and exercise 4 culture, morality, religion, customs, art and the function of these in society 5 the old civilizational sanction and vindication of individual freedom. Revel then explains why a true revolution can take place only in the United States.

Chapters 4, 5 & 6 are devoted to the impossible revolution in the communist nations, in Western Europe and in the Third World. The following chapter looks at the history of revolutions whilst the next focuses on national sovereignty, international relations, multilateral & bilateral agreements and wasteful military expenditures. Revel also devotes a chapter each to violence & revolution and to the one-way street from freedom to socialism, a subject on which Hayek's The Road to Serfdom remains the classical text.
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Format: Hardcover
This classic work on the USA and the concept of revolution was first published in English in 1971. Revel's astute analyses include the observations that European culture was stagnant and that Europeans were hopelessly uninformed on the United States. Even more alarmingly, Revel reveals that already at that time the European elites were projecting their guilt and self-loathing for their own imperialistic past onto the USA. The author also explores the idea of revolution, distinguishing mere revolts that lead to worse oppression from revolutions that bring individual freedom and progress.

He identifies 5 conditions & 5 solutions prerequisite for a successful revolution. There must be critiques of: 1 injustice in economic, social & racial relationships 2 management against the waste of human & material resources 3 political power, both its sources and exercise 4 culture, morality, religion, customs, art and the function of these in society 5 the old civilizational sanction and vindication of individual freedom. Revel then explains why a true revolution can take place only in the United States.

Chapters 4, 5 & 6 investigate to the impossible revolution in the communist nations, in Western Europe and in the Third World. The following chapter looks at the history of revolutions whilst the next focuses on national sovereignty, international relations, multilateral & bilateral agreements and wasteful military expenditures. Revel also devotes a chapter each to violence & revolution and to the one-way street from freedom to socialism, a subject on which Hayek's Road to Serfdom remains the classical text.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jean-Francois Revel believes that the world revolution will start in the United States. Clearly, there is something wrong about *that* scenario, LOL.

It turns out that "revolution" to Revel simply means a more permissive, liberal and postmodern form of the status quo. He likes Playboy, mass consumerism and nuclear power. The author even calls for a World Government! You heard me. He doesn't like Cuba, however.

I stopped reading this half-way. Honestly, what's the point? In effect, Revel is suggesting that hamburgers and french fries are "revolutionary". He is something as original as a pro-American hippie liberal.

Nice try, Jean. Not!
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