Nonviolence is not the recourse of the weak but actually calls for an uncommon kind of strength; it is not a refraining from something but the engaging of a positive force, renowned peace activist Michael Nagler writes. Here he offers a step-by-step guide to creatively using nonviolence to confront any problem and to build change movements capable of restructuring the very bedrock of society. Nagler identifies some specific tactical mistakes made by unsuccessful nonviolent actions such as the Tiananmen Square demonstrations and the Occupy protests and includes stories of successful nonviolent resistance from around the world, including an example from Nazi Germany. And he shows that nonviolence is more than a tactic it is a way of living that will enrich every area of our lives.
About the Author
Michael N. Nagler is the founder and president of the Metta Center for Nonviolence. He cofounded the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at UC Berkeley, where he is professor emeritus of classics and comparative literature. Among other awards, he received the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation's International Award for Promoting Gandhian Values outside India in 2007, joining other distinguished contributors to nonviolence such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He is the author of The Search for a Nonviolent Future, which received a 2002 American Book Award. A popular speaker, he speaks to colleges, religious institutions, and other groups.
Ann Wright is Col., US Army (ret) and recipient, State Department "Award for Heroism."