Rising Up and Rising Down by William T. Vollmann
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A labor of seventeen years, Vollmann's first book of nonfiction since 1992's An Afghanistan Picture Show is a gravely urgent invitation to look back at the world's long, bloody path and find some threads of meaning, wisdom, and guidance to plot a moral course. From the street violence of prostitutes and junkies to the centuries-long battles between the Native Americans and European colonists,Vollmann's mesmerizing imagery and compelling logic is presented with authority born of astounding research and personal experience.

About William T. Vollmann

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William T. Vollmann is the author of seven novels, three collections of stories, and a seven-volume critique of violence, Rising Up and Rising Down. He is also the author of Poor People, a worldwide examination of poverty through the eyes of the impoverished themselves; Riding Toward Everywhere, an examination of the train-hopping hobo lifestyle; and Imperial, a panoramic look at one of the poorest areas in America. He has won the PEN Center USA West Award for Fiction, a Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize and a Whiting Writers' Award. His journalism and fiction have been published in The New Yorker, Esquire, Spin and Granta. Vollmann lives in Sacramento, California.
Published October 11, 2005 by Harper Perennial. 752 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Focused on political violence—or force used to realign the ways in which power is distributed among and within groups and states—the book emerges out of several related questions that Vollmann (The Atlas, etc.) answers with historical and ideological analysis, phenomenological and physical descri...

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Case in point: Gene Sharp wrote a book in the early 70′s (I believe ’73) called “Politics of Nonviolent Action.” This book accomplishes for nonviolence what Vollman attempts with his opus.

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