Nonviolence: Twenty-five Lessons from the History of a Dangerous Idea

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Modern Library, 2006 - Psychology - 203 pages
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 examp≤ that the stated deterrence value of standing national armies and huge weapons arsenals is, at best, negligib≤ 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.

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Nonviolence is an idea that deserves serious attention in this age. Wars haven't ended wars; they typically set the scene for future wars. Unfortunately, in his zeal to convince, Kurlansky (The Big ... Read full review

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I must say that this is the best book I have read. In a general specific way, this book answers many of the ??? that goes inside my mind. "NONVIOLENCE RULES" . I just wish I can easily pass on this message to all humans killing each other in the name of whatever. Excellent book that must be read.  



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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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