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Twelve Shots Of Courage,
This review is from: A Force More Powerful: A Century of Non-violent Conflict (Paperback)
Here is a look at conflict from an alternate vantage point, and not coincidentally one of the finest TV tie-in books. In 12 chapters covering a larger number of cases from 20th century history, the authors demonstrate that nonviolence has been surprisingly effective in defeating injustice, tyranny and even concerted use of force. Africa and the Middle East receive less attention, but the overall scope is genuinely global, demonstrating that the potential for successful nonviolent resistance really is widespread if not universal. (Note: published in 2000, it covers only the first, largely nonviolent Palestinian Intifada.) Granted that use of force may be necessary in some situations, this book contains a powerful message. It is an antidote to the rush-to-battle that has characterized much recent foreign (and domestic) policy, and not just in the US. It is also superb for teaching world history and many thematic courses, offering solid case studies on which students can build their own research. Some names are familiar---Gandhi, King, Mandela---but readers will meet many unsung heroes whose stories are equally inspiring. They will aid in finding the courage to struggle, with compassion, that lies within.