Now available as an eBook for the very first time! • ONE OF TIME’S TEN MOST IMPORTANT NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY In the searing pages of this classic autobiography, originally published in 1964, Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, firebrand, and anti-integrationist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement. His fascinating perspective on the lies and limitations of the American Dream, and the inherent racism in a society that denies its nonwhite citizens the opportunity to dream, gives extraordinary insight into the most urgent issues of our own time. The Autobiography of Malcolm X stands as the definitive statement of a movement and a man whose work was never completed but whose message is timeless. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand America. Praise for The Autobiography of Malcolm X “Malcolm X’s autobiography seemed to offer something different. His repeated acts of self-creation spoke to me; the blunt poetry of his words, his unadorned insistence on respect, promised a new and uncompromising order, martial in its discipline, forged through sheer force of will.”—Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father “Extraordinary . . . a brilliant, painful, important book.”—The New York Times “A great book . . . Its dead level honesty, its passion, its exalted purpose, will make it stand as a monument to the most painful truth.”—The Nation “The most important book I’ll ever read, it changed the way I thought, it changed the way I acted. It has given me courage I didn’t know I had inside me. I’m one of hundreds of thousands whose lives were changed for the better.”—Spike Lee “This book will have a permanent place in the literature of the Afro-American struggle.”—I. F. Stone
Comprehensively updated with many new speeches including Earl Spencer's lament to "The extraordinary and irreplaceable Diana", Nikita Khrushchev's secret speech of 1956 signalling the beginning of the end of Stalinist Russia, Patrick Pearse's rousing funeral oration that fanned the flames of the Easter Rising, Kevin Rudd's historic apology to Australia's mistreated Aborigines and Barack Obama's momentous US election night victory speech. Alongside these are the finest war cries of Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King's prophetic "I have a dream" and "I've seen the promised land" speeches, the inspiring words of JFK and impassioned pleas from Nelson Mandela-the first at his trial in 1964 and the second on his election as president of South Africa in 1994. In addition are historic speeches from Elizabeth I, Charles I, Oliver Cromwell, George Washington, Napoleon Bonaparte, Abraham Lincoln, Emmeline Pankhurst, Mahatma Gandhi, Vladimir Lenin, Neville Chamberlain, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Charles de Gaulle, General George S. Patton, J Robert Oppenheimer, Mao Zedong, Malcolm X, Richard M. Nixon, Pope John Paul II, Vaclav Havel, Elie Wiesel, Mikhail Gorbachev and many other great historical figures. Speeches that Changed the World presents over 50 momentous and thought-provoking speeches from throughout history. Complete with a potted biography of each speaker, and telling the story of why each oration was significant and what happened as a result, this is a gripping history of the world told through its greatest and most impassioned speeches.
Manuale pratico della nonviolenza
Author: Michael N. Nagler
Publisher: Associazione Gruppo Abele Onlus - Edizioni Gruppo Abele
A dieci anni dall’uscita di Per un futuro nonviolento la ricerca di Michael Nagler si arricchisce di un nuovo tassello: The Nonviolence Handbook, A Guide for practical Action. Il volume è un’agile e sintetica messa a punto dei princìpi ispiratori della pratica nonviolenta, dalle origini del pensiero di Gandhi, passando per figure che ne hanno fatto la storia – come, nel nostro Paese, quella di Danilo Dolci – sino alle rivoluzioni civili degli ultimi anni. Un manuale per attivisti e non solo, che raccoglie esperienze e indicazioni su come gestire i conflitti tanto nelle relazioni interpersonali, quanto nelle contestazioni collettive. L’edizione italiana è arricchita da un ampio saggio introduttivo di Nanni Salio, storico esponente nonviolento e animatore del Centro Studi Sereno Regis di Torino.
Educare al bene comune
Author: Fabrizio Pizzi
Publisher: Vita e Pensiero
First-person account of the extraordinary life of America's greatest civil rights leader. It begins with his boyhood as the son of a preacher, his education as a minister, his ascendancy as a leader of civil rights, & his complex relationships with leading political & social figures of the day.
Author: Massimiliano Amato
Publisher: LIT EDIZIONI
Il primo governo organico di centrosinistra (4 dicembre 1963), con l’ingresso del Psi nella “stanza dei bottoni”, è l’emblema delle occasioni mancate dalla classe dirigente italiana. Quella che si attuerà, alla fine, sarà una “riforma riformata”, nata nella testa dei socialisti e finita nelle mani dei democristiani. Massimiliano Amato e Marcello Ravveduto, con questo libro, non si fermano però solo ai palazzi del Potere e ai difficili equilibri interni tra le forze che appoggiano il Centrosinistra, ma cercano di scorgere il volto dell’Italia del Miracolo celato dietro il racconto del conflitto politico: l’urbanesimo della speculazione edilizia; le auto che mutano il paesaggio; la famiglia che modifica usi e costumi; i giovani e le donne che pretendono di essere protagonisti della modernità; i braccianti che sciamano verso le città; gli operai che agognano il possesso della casa, dell’utilitaria, della televisione e degli elettrodomestici. Si coglie con nettezza una distanza tra i desideri degli italiani e le prospettive dei partiti. Mentre i politici discutono, interpretando il Miracolo come una crisi di crescita, i cittadini sono attratti da un’unica grande meta: il ceto medio come conquista sociale. Un’aspirazione che, tra luci e ombre, unifica la formazione dell’immaginario collettivo – musica, letteratura, cinema, televisione e filmini in Super 8, prezioso occhio meccanico che ci mostra un Paese che cambia – con il susseguirsi di luoghi comuni e stereotipi: gli italiani, più che giurare fedeltà al cattolicesimo, sono conquistati dalla “religione dei consumi”, fulcro e sostanza della “mutazione antropologica” pasoliniana.
The Measure of a Man
Author: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing
First published in 1959, this pair of meditations by the revered civil-rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. contains the theological roots of his political and social philosophy of nonviolent activism. Eloquent and passionate, reasoned and sensitive. “AT THE first National Conference on Christian Education of the United Church of Christ, held at Purdue University in the summer of 1958, Martin Luther King presented two notable devotional addresses. Moved by the dear and persuasive quality of his words, many of the 3000 delegates to the conference urged that the meditations be made available in book form. They wanted the book for their own libraries and they were eager to share Dr. King’s vital messages with fellow Christians of other denominations. “In the resolute struggle of American Negroes to achieve complete acceptance as citizens and neighbors the author is recognized as a leader of extraordinary resourcefulness, valor, and skill. His concern for justice and brotherhood and the nonviolent methods that he advocated and uses, are based on a serious commitment to the Christian faith. “As his meditations in this book suggest, Dr. King regards meditation and action as indivisible functions of the religious life. When we think seriously in the presence of the Most High, when in sincerity we “go up to the mountain of the Lord,” the sure event is that “he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths” (Isaiah 2: 3).”
Author: Carolly Erickson
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
As Maureen Quilligan wrote in the New York Times Book Review of The First Elizabeth, Anne Boleyn "was a real victim of the sexual scandals her brilliant daughter escaped, and a subject Ms. Erickson's sensitivity to sexual and political nuance should well serve." Indeed, Carolly Erickson could have chosen no more fascinating and appropriate a subject. Alluring and profoundly enigmatic, Anne Boleyn has eluded the grasp of historians for centuries. Through her extraordinarily vivid re-creation of this most tragic chapter in all Tudor History, Carrolly Erickson gives us unprecedented insight into the singuarlity of Anne Boleyn's life, the dark and overwhelming forces that shaped her errant destiny, and the rare, tumultuous times in which she lived.
A Knock at Midnight
Author: Clayborne Carson, Peter Holloran
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Warner Books, in conjunction with Intellectual Properties Management, Inc., presents an extraordinary collection of sermons by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.-many never before published-along with introductions an documentary of the world's leading ministers & theologians.
Collects the personal papers of Martin Luther King Jr. from January 1961 to August 1962, that sees King stop participating in Freedom Rides and his arrest in Albany.
A Company of Swans
Author: Eva Ibbotson
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Weekly ballet classes are Harriet Morton's only escape from her intolerably dull life. So when she is chosen to join a corps de ballet which is setting off on a tour of the Amazon, she leaps at the chance to run away for good. Performing in the grand opera houses is everything Harriet dreamed of, and falling in love with an aristocratic exile makes her new life complete. Swept away by it all, she is unaware that her father and intended fiancé have begun to track her down . . . A Company of Swans is a sweeping tale of romance, freedom and the beauty of dance from award-winning author, Eva Ibbotson.
Author: Martha Cooper, Joseph Sciorra
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
This classic collection of photographs documents the best of New York City's memorial murals, which were painted for the victims of tragic and untimely deaths. Commissioned by families and friends of the victims to commemorate the casualties of shootings, accidents, arguments, police killings, and drug-related turf wars, these vibrant murals have in most cases now been painted over or destroyed. R. I. P. contains superb color photographs of memorials from Harlem and the Lower East Side, the South Bronx and Brooklyn, together with the moving stories behind them. The photographs of these painted walls ensure that the dead are not forgotten, for a sometimes violent and indifferent city also spawned a rich urban art form. 137 color photographs.
Edward W. Said locates Joseph Conrad's fear of personal disintegration in his constant re-narration of the past. Using the author's personal letters as a guide to understanding his fiction, Said draws an important parallel between Conrad's view of his own life and the manner and form of his stories. The critic also argues that the author, who set his fiction in exotic locations like East Asia and Africa, projects political dimensions in his work that mirror a colonialist preoccupation with "civilizing" native peoples. Said then suggests that this dimension should be considered when reading all of Western literature. First published in 1966, Said's critique of the Western self's struggle with modernity signaled the beginnings of his groundbreaking work, Orientalism, and remains a cornerstone of postcolonial studies today.