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Time for Outrage: Indignez-vous!

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  4,124 ratings  ·  376 reviews
This controversial, impassioned call-to-arms for a return to the ideals that fueled the French Resistance has sold millions of copies worldwide since its publication in France in October 2010. Rejecting the dictatorship of world financial markets and defending the social values of modern democracy, 93-old Stéphane Hessel -- Resistance leader, concentration camp survivor, a ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by Twelve (first published October 21st 2010)
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Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-post-2000
In this very slim book (which I read in a few hours) the author and diplomat, M. Hessel (a veteran of the French Resistance who survived torture at the hands of the Gestapo, Buchenwald concentration camp, and forced labor in a Nazi prison) speaks of the need for the citizen to be enraged at the prevailing inequities and injustices in today’s world and find a constructive means of striving to reaffirm the values his generation had enshrined in the UN Declaration of Human Rights and help build a b ...more
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
Stéphane Hessel lived for nearly a century and almost everything he achieved in that time was extraordinary. He fought in the French Resistance; he was captured by the Nazis, sent to Buchenwald, waterboarded; he was in the room as they drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Not the least of his achievements was Indignez-vous!.

Who would have believed that a 30-page political pamphlet written by a nonagenarian diplomat would be translated into 15 languages, and spark protest movements
Laurel Zuckerman
Apr 23, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A perfect jewel of false history, hatred and hypocritical, sloppy thinking.

It is the reader, not Mr Hessel, who should be outraged.

Given the distinguished biography and advanced age of the author, I wish I could find some glimmer of redeeming value in this hateful little pamphlet. But I cannot.

What a pitiful end to a long, courageous and at times brilliant career.
Dhanaraj Rajan
Let me state few things first

I have not given 4 stars for the exactness of the historic details given in this book. For, I am not adequately equipped with the knowledge of few events narrated in this booklet. Moreover, it is also not a thoroughly researched work. It is just a booklet that stimulates the young mind to 'outrage.' In creating the mood for outrage, this booklet has succeeded. My stars depend on this persuasive/emotive aspect of the booklet.

About the author

Stephane Hessel is ninety
Daniel Roy
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clocking barely below 30 pages, "Indignez-vous!" is a short, impactful political pamphlet for the times. It reads like the words of an awe-inspiring grandfather, speaking gently to France's grandchildren of WW2 and compelling them to find reasons to rise up peacefully.

If I had read this work by itself two years ago, chances are I would have merely dismissed it as idealistic and incomplete. Sure, Hessel's life is a true inspiration, and his call to feel outrage at the way we treat the less fortun
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-audible
This book is a wonder. Everyone should read it - right and left wing politics notwithstanding. Tea Party or Occupy Wall Street. Liberals or libertarians. It spells out some universal truths and principles.

It explains that the enemy of real freedom is the indifference of the population or electorate. I highly recommend it to all.
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, politics
A 93-year-old who still has the "holy fire" of indignation and who urges the younger generations to proceed into action, that's quite something. Well, Hessel (who died only recently) did just that, with this little pamphlet. His exhortation: "Get out of your comfy seats!", is very inspiring. But, to be honest, his goals or focal points are very vague, and perhaps that is why the indignado- or occupy-movement has not come to a break through.
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 3.5⭐
I mean it was good, and made some great points, but it was too short. Practically half of the book was fore- and afterwords (I read it in Swedish, might be different in other countries). I wanted to hear more from Stéphane Hessel himself. But overall good!
This short yet inspiring pamphlet will never be not important. Nothing you didn't know or haven't heard of before - but some thoughts need to be revisited every now and then. ...more
K.A. Ashcomb
This is a small pamphlet to wake up the young and not so young to take a better look at the state of our democracy and hearts of men who see markets the true purpose. Hessel argues that the media holds too great power of our attention and minds, that we are losing our welfare state to the argument that the divide is somehow deserved between the rich and the poor, that our democracy is in poor condition, and we are reckless with our planet. Thus it is Time for Outrage! Time to revisit the ideas w ...more
Oct 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a complicated review. I give it 4 stars because of the message but there are many works more specific and comprehensive than this.

It's a bestseller in France and has been cited for being influential in inspiring people involved in the Arab Spring revolutions. That's impressive considering it is very short at only 29 pages of actual work - there are additional notes and background on the author included as well. It also does not say anything that hasn't been said before or can't be found
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a powerful message. So simple, so clear. Leaders across the world could do with revisiting these ideas.

This is a passionate plea to all to have outrage and to not forget the importance of liberty, freedom, rights, to be safe, and to have a free press from a man, Stéphane Hessel, who was a freedom fighter in the Resistance organisation during the Second World War. He became a diplomat after the war and was involved in the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, a
James Payne
A small pamphlet of popular interest in Western Europe. Connects the French Resistance and the reconstruction of Europe after fascism to contemporary leftist battles against austerity measures, Israel's oppression of Palestinians and the conservative insurgence against immigration in the EU. Written by a 93 year-old French diplomat and concentration camp survivor, its appeal comes more from its author's historical positionality than the originality of its arguments. At its cheap price and small ...more
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This little book by Stephane Hessel who at 93 years old urges younger generations to be indignant is stupendous through that fact alone. I think it was probably even more rousing as a speech, but it still manages to make one feel the need to become indignant. Nowhere near as obvious as in this Romanian edition that includes an indignant invective in its foreword written by the book’s Romanian editor.

Apathy has always been one of humanity’s greatest sins and is most prevalent today in Western so
Jon Kraus
Sep 27, 2011 rated it liked it
The message is good - that we should not tolerate inequality and injustice in our society (particularly when it comes to letting public interest be in private hands). However, at 48 pages, and closer to 24 pages of actual content, this barely scratches the surface. It suggests that we should be indignant, but doesn't really say what to do with our anger. It is probably intended to be this way, so that it can apply to multiple situations and nationalities. And the short length probably helps it t ...more
Jul 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to C. by: Deb
So apparently this unsophisticated little fifteen-page pamphlet quickly became a best-seller in Europe, driving a wave of protests across the continent. I can only assume this was a case of right-place right-time, as the reasons why this book so quickly became a best-seller are considerably more interesting than the book itself, which is good, but nothing special. ...more
Bob Walterhouse
This very short book has a single message that is very poignant. It is written by a 93 year old former French Resistance fighter. He asks a simple question: Why did you take the freedom we fought the Nazi's so hard for and give it up so easily to the western corporate powers? Furthermore, why is there no outrage about what these companies are doing to us? It is a very good question. ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a short book - more of a pamphlet - that most anyone can read in a few hours. In a sense it is an intellectual last will and testament from a French freedom fighter and leftist thinker before he leaves France and this world to the current and coming generations.

Stylistically, at least in translation, it is full of short and forceful sentences, which express a sense of outrage at what is becoming of the world. In its tone it reminds me a bit of Celine’s forward to journey to the end of th
John Sperling
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Indignez-vous!-Time for Outrage-is small enough to fit in a shirt pocket and large enough to articulate the ideals of the resistance from pre-war France to the present day. This is a history lesson, a moral compass, and a wake-up call.

"...the threat persists. We therefore maintain our call for 'a rebellion-peaceful and resolute-against the instruments of mass media that offer our young people a world view defined by the temptations of mass consumption, a disdain for the weak, and a contempt for
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An important booklet for its conveyed strong message. Get outraged at injustice and as a corollary “get involved” and committed to the just causes. Yes, indeed - there is an obvious need to support the ideals of justice peace, freedom, equality, as well as the preservation of humankind in a life-friendly environment, and this is more than a timely challenge. Just look around you, and you may see a world in turmoil. It needs confirmed heroes of the kind of Stéphane Hessel to promote such a motiva ...more
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been wanting to read this book for some time. I ended up listening to it on Audible instead and felt like I had been taken back to a different time. A time when folks made public proclamations for action and change. It was an inspiring message from a man who live through and accomplished so much in his lifetime. If you feel like you need a little motivation to stop being complacent in the age of social media and the internet then read this and become reinvigorated.
Tiff Gibbo
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a slim little read written by a very interesting author with many good points. It's a call to arms against generational apathy by a man who accomplished much in his long life, and is beginning to see the threads that allowed authoritarianism to fester occurring again. It's an old-timer passing the torch to the next generation and urging them to take action against the global injustices we face. I really enjoyed it, and it is well worth your time. The message is overall uplifting. ...more
Jan 06, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book lacks all substance. It's telling us to be outraged without any theoretical foundation and advocates blind activism without any analysis.
Also within only 30 pages of this drivel the author somehow finds the time for several pages of one-sided Israel-bashing (and even utters some understanding for islamist terrorists like Hamas).
I went into it not expecting much and still ended up being utterly underwhelmed.
Bougon Yves
Short book written by Stephane Hessel, whose parents were Franz Hessel and Helen Grund, whose relationship with Henri-Pierre Roche inspired his novel "Jules et Jim". More than 3 million copies sold in many languages, triggering protests like “Occupy Wall Street”. Ten years later, what's his legacy and relevance? I really don't know... ...more
Apr 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021
To the men and women who will make the twenty-first century, we say with affection: TO CREATE IS TO RESIST. TO RESIST IS TO CREATE.

A small bit of advice from a life well-lived. I would hope that I will be so bold when and if I live to 93 years old! Hessel reflects on his work and he makes a call to arms to us today.
Khris Sellin
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very short, but inspiring and empowering read. Bessel was 93 when he wrote this call to action in 2010. What would he think of he were still alive today to see what has happened to the world in the short time since.
Brigitte Valentine
I read this book in 30mns and I’m still perplexed as to why it sold so well in France. It’s basically a message from an experienced activist to a younger generation, motivating them to take on a cause and go solve it, without giving any tools to implement. It’s a nice ‘wake up read’.
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This slim volume should be mandatory reading for all! You can breeze through it in an hour or linger over its profundity and breadth for ages, if you wish.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely worth the 30-45 minutes it takes to read. If you don't have that much time, at least read the second paragraph! ...more
Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it
A great little treatise on resistence and universal rights.
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“The worst possible outlook is indifference that says, “I can’t do anything about it; I’ll just get by.” Behaving like that deprives you of one of the essentials of being human: the capacity and the freedom to feel outraged. That freedom is indispensable, as is the political involvement that goes with it.” 24 likes
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