Political Discontent and Violence
The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements
The True Believer
Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements
Paperback      ISBN: 0062930869
“Its theme is political fanaticism, with which it deals severely and brilliantly.” —New Yorker A stevedore on the San Francisco docks in the 1940s, Eric Hoffer wrote philosophical treatises in his spare time while living in the railroad yards. The True Believer—the first and most famous of his books—was made into a bestseller when President Eisenhower cited it during one of the earliest television press conferences. Called a “brilliant and original inquiry” and “a genuine contribution to our social thought” by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., this landmark in the field of social psychology is completely relevant and essential for understanding the world today as it delivers a visionary, highly provocative look into the mind of the fanatic and a penetrating study of how an individual becomes one. In times of crisis, the great works of philosophy help us make sense of the world. The Harper Perennial Resistance Library is a special five-book series highlighting short classic works of independent thought that illuminate the nature of truth, humanity's dangerous attraction to authoritarianism, the influence of media and mass communication, and the philosophy of resistance—all critical in understanding today's politically charged world.
Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World
Fight Like a Mother
How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World
Hardcover      ISBN: 0062892568
The founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America traces the story of how her rallying call to action grew into a powerful women's movement for protecting children from gun violence.
A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran
A Sliver of Light
Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran
Paperback      ISBN: 0544483979
"Three young Americans captured by Iranian forces and held in captivity for two years tell their story. In summer 2009, Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal, and Sarah Shourd were hiking in Iraqi Kurdistan when they unknowingly crossed into Iran and were captured by a border patrol. Accused of espionage, the three Americans ultimately found themselves in Tehran's infamous Evin Prison, where they discovered that pooling their strength of will and relying on each other were the only ways they could survive. In this poignant memoir, 'the hikers' finally tell their side of the story. They recount the deception that lured them into Iran in the first place and describe the psychological torment of interrogation and solitary confinement. We follow them as they make surprising alliances with their fellow prisoners and even some of their captors, while their own bonds with each other are tested and deepened. Told through a bold and innovative interweaving of the authors' three voices, here is a rare glimpse inside Iran anda timeless portrayal of hardship and hope"--
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
Stories from Rwanda
Paperback      ISBN: 0312243359
A gripping and comprehensive account of the genocide that occurred in Rwanda in 1994 analyzes the events that led up to the slaughter of the Tutsi minority and discusses the event's aftermath. Reprint. 35,000 first printing. Tour.
The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag
The Aquariums of Pyongyang
Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag
Paperback      ISBN: 0465011047
North Korea is today one of the last bastions of hard-line Communism. Its leaders have kept a tight grasp on their one-party regime, quashing any nascent opposition movements and sending all suspected dissidents to its brutal concentration camps for "re-education." Kang Chol-hwan is the first survivor of one of these camps to escape and tell his story to the world, documenting the extreme conditions in these gulags and providing a personal insight into life in North Korea. Part horror story, part historical document, part memoir, part political tract, this record of one man's suffering gives eyewitness proof to an ongoing sorrowful chapter of modern history. New edition with a new preface by the author.
Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History After Genocide and Mass Violence
Between Vengeance and Forgiveness
Facing History After Genocide and Mass Violence
Paperback      ISBN: 0807045071
Looks at the processes of healing, remembering, forgetting, forgiving, avenging, and educating, as societies confront the past horrors of mass violence and genocide
Bullets and Opium: Real-Life Stories of China After the Tiananmen Square Massacre
Bullets and Opium
Real-Life Stories of China After the Tiananmen Square Massacre
Hardcover      ISBN: 1982126647
"From the award-winning poet, dissident, and "one of the most original and remarkable Chinese writers of our time" (Philip Gourevitch) comes a raw, evocative, and unforgettable look at the Tiananmen Square massacre through the eyes of those who were there."--Provided by publisher.
Isis: The State of Terror
Isis
The State of Terror
Paperback      ISBN: 0062395556
A terrorism expert from Harvard and the author of Jihad Joe explore the origins, growth and implication of the Islamic State jihadist army while surveying its methods and unexpectedly sophisticated social media expertise. 75,000 first printing.
Shadows of Tender Fury: The Letters and Communiques of Subcomandante Marcos and the Zapatista Army of National Liberation
Shadows of Tender Fury
The Letters and Communiques of Subcomandante Marcos and the Zapatista Army of National Liberation
Paperback      ISBN: 0853459185
Since the 1994 uprisings in the Mexican state of Chiapas, the spokesman of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, a masked rebel who calls himself Subcomandante Marcos, has become a symbol of revolt in the post-cold war era. Here are the words of Marcos, words that recast Mexican politics and revived rebel imaginations everywhere. They look back to the traditions of Indian resistance and the dormant ideals of the Mexican revolution; they look forward to political strategies, styles, and theories that challenge the dominance of capitalism. The Introduction by John Ross situates the Zapatistas in the context of Mexican history and the Afterword by Frank Bardacke discusses their language and politics, as well as their meaning for the U.S. left. This edition also includes an "exclusive" prologue by Subcomandante Marcos and his speech to the Zapatista's August 1994 national convention.
Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle
Disposable Futures
The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle
Paperback      ISBN: 0872866580
Disposable Futures makes the case that we have not just become desensitized to violence, but rather, that we are being taught to desire it. From movies and other commercial entertainment to "extreme" weather and acts of terror, authors Brad Evans and Henry Giroux examine how a contemporary politics of spectacle--and disposability--curates what is seen and what is not, what is represented and what is ignored, and ultimately, whose lives matter and whose do not. Disposable Futures explores the connections between a range of contemporary phenomena: mass surveillance, the militarization of police, the impact of violence in film and video games, increasing disparities in wealth, and representations of ISIS and the ongoing terror wars. Throughout, Evans and Giroux champion the significance of public education, social movements and ideas that rebel against the status quo in order render violence intolerable. "Disposable Futures poses, and answers, the pressing question of our times: How is it that in this post-Fascist, post-Cold War era of peace and prosperity we are saddled with more war, violence, inequality and poverty than ever? The neoliberal era, Evans and Giroux brilliantly reveal, is defined by violence, by drone strikes, 'smart' bombs, militarized police, Black lives taken, prison expansion, corporatized education, surveillance, the raw violence of racism, patriarchy, starvation and want. The authors show how the neoliberal regime normalizes violence, renders its victims disposable, commodifies the spectacle of relentless violence and sells it to us as entertainment, and tries to contain cultures of resistance. If you're not afraid of the truth in these dark times, then read this book. It is a beacon of light."--Robin D. G. Kelley, author ofFreedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination "Disposable Futures confronts a key conundrum of our times: How is it that, given the capacity and abundance of resources to address the critical needs of all, so many are having their futures radically discounted while the privileged few dramatically increase their wealth and power? Brad Evans and Henry Giroux have written a trenchant analysis of the logic of late capitalism that has rendered it normal to dispose of any who do not service the powerful. A searing indictment of the socio-technics of destruction and the decisions of their deployability. Anyone concerned with trying to comprehend these driving dynamics of our time would be well served by taking up this compelling book."--David Theo Goldberg, author ofThe Threat of Race: Reflections on Racial Neoliberalism Brad Evans and Henry A. Giroux are internationally renowned educators, authors, and intellectuals. Together, they curate a forum for Truthout.com that explores the theme of "Disposable Futures." Evans is director of histories of violence project at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. Giroux holds the global TV network chair professorship at McMaster University.