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Nonviolence by Mark Kurlansky
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Nov 29, 11

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Read from November 26 to 29, 2011

Charts a course of nonviolent action and thought from ancient times (India, China, Japan), through a mostly Western track through the middle ages and finally to the 20th century. The actual 25 lessons are excellent, and take up a mere two pages in the appendix. Their explication comes in the preceding history. Kurlansky assumes some familiarity in his readers about such prominent nonviolent events as Ghandi's campaign in India and the Civil Rights Movement--I was with him on most of it but would have preferred a more welcoming approach. Perhaps what is most fun about the book is the outright hell he gives to Churchill, Lincoln, John Brown, the Founding Fathers (Jefferson comes off a bit better), and others of our heroes who were only too happy to pull out the rifles even when nonviolent action was obviously working.
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