From Dictatorship to Democracy: A Conceptual Framework for Liberation
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About the Author
Gene Sharp advised governments and resistance movements around the world and was considered the most influential living promoter of nonviolent resistance to autocratic governments. He was a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and the founder of the Albert Einstein Institution, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the study of nonviolent action. Sharp was the author of From Dictatorship to Democracy: A Conceptual Framework for Liberation (The New Press).
"Not since Machiavelli has a book had such impact in shifting the balance of power"
--The The Times of London "Few Americans have heard of Dr. Sharp. But for decades, his practical writings on nonviolent revolution--most notably [his] guide to toppling autocrats--have inspired dissidents around the world, including Burma, Bosnia, Estonia and Zimbabwe, and now Tunisia and Egypt."
--The New York Times "In June 2007, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez publicly accused Mr. Sharp of stirring unrest in Venezuela. . . . The target of all this intrigue and animosity is eighty years old and slightly stooped. He walks with a cane."
--The Wall Street Journal "The man who changed the world."
--The Boston Globe "Hailed as the manual by those who conducted people-power coups in Eastern Europe, its contents were no secret in Iran. . . . Officials saw this summer's unrest as the fruit of his strategies."
--The Christian Science Monitor