The History of a Dangerous Idea
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Product Number: Z2448
Released: Mar 28, 2011
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ISBN: #9781449897352
Narrator/s: Richard Dreyfuss
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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


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Narrator(s): Richard Dreyfuss
Genre: History
Product Number C3856
Released: Sep 26, 2006
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781428113848

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"Richard Dreyfuss infuses Kurlansky's text with vocal enthusiasm, lyrical enunciation, clear pronunciation (including many foreign words), as well as sardonic wit, all of which create a deeply engaging experience. Whether he is speaking English, French, Cherokee, German, or tossing off European names and quotes, Dreyfuss's unique presentation enhances the book's historical and timely treatment of nonviolence. Among many memorable observations and lines is the summation: History teaches that as soon as the violent side convinces the nonviolent side to enter into violence, the argument is lost. The content alone is profound and certainly worth the listen, and the performance transforms it into the truly enjoyable. L.V.B. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"