Nonviolence by Mark Kurlansky
25 Lessons from the History of a Dangerous Idea

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In this timely, highly original, and controversial narrative, New York Times bestselling author Mark Kurlansky discusses nonviolence as a distinct entity, a course of action, rather than a mere state of mind. Nonviolence can and should be a technique for overcoming social injustice and ending wars, he asserts, which is why it is the preferred method of those who speak truth to power.

Nonviolence is a sweeping yet concise history that moves from ancient Hindu times to present-day conflicts raging in the Middle East and elsewhere. Kurlansky also brings into focus just why nonviolence is a “dangerous” idea, and asks such provocative questions as: Is there such a thing as a “just war”? Could nonviolence have worked against even the most evil regimes in history?

Kurlansky draws from history twenty-five provocative lessons on the subject that we can use to effect change today. He shows how, time and again, violence is used to suppress nonviolence and its practitioners–Gandhi and Martin Luther King, for example; that the stated deterrence value of standing national armies and huge weapons arsenals is, at best, negligible; and, encouragingly, that much of the hard work necessary to begin a movement to end war is already complete. It simply needs to be embraced and accelerated.

Engaging, scholarly, and brilliantly reasoned, Nonviolence is a work that compels readers to look at history in an entirely new way. This is not just a manifesto for our times but a trailblazing book whose time has come.

About Mark Kurlansky

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Mark Kurlansky is an award-winning and bestselling author. His most recent book is 1968: The Year That Rocked the World.
Published September 12, 2006 by Modern Library. 224 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Oscar-winner Dreyfuss lends his voice to a timely subject matter. With his characteristic crystal-clear annunciation and emotionally charged delivery, Dreyfuss adds an element of energy to Kurlansky's

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Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea by Mark Kurlansky 224pp, Jonathan Cape, £12.99 Riot!: Civil Insurrection from Peterloo to the Present Day by Ian Hernon 272pp, Pluto, £19.99 Mark Kurlansky would have us believe that "active practitioners of non-violence" are a danger to the state, b...

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Billy Graham receives the pejorative label of ""right-wing evangelist,"" and Steven Spielberg's acclaimed 1998 film Saving Private Ryan draws scorn as ""war propaganda."" Sadly, Kurlansky seems more intent on doing battle with sacred cows than building bridges or advancing practical solutions.

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