The Power of Indignation: The Autobiography of the Man Who Inspired the Arab Spring

Stephane Hessel (Author) E C Belli (Translator)
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Description

His brief pamphlet Indignez-vous! (Cry Out!) is an international bestseller, calling for a return to the values of his native France's "greatest generation," the resistance fighters of World War II. It has inspired citizens participating in the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street uprisings. Now Stéphane Hessel, one of France's preeminent thinkers and activists, is back. With extraordinary insight, the ninety-four-year-old Hessel gives his intellectual autobiography. His thinking is nourished by the exchange he has maintained for years with his close friends, as well as prominent political and literary figures: Edgar Morin, Jean-Paul Dollé, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Régis Debray, Peter Sloterdijk, Laure Adler, Michel Rocard, and Jean-Claude Carrière.

This book is accessible and profound--it is for all those who seek, despite the contradictions and violence of our contemporary lives, to "regain our dignity as men and women while governed by a frenzy of selfish and irresponsible people." This book is, for Stéphane Hessel, a way to encourage us to reflect on the past in order to take charge of our future destiny. At once a handbook for the revolutionary, a treatise on human rights, and an inside look at the relationships, thoughts, and recollections of one of the most important figures in France today, this is a not-to-be-missed book for 2012.

Product Details

Price
$22.95
Publisher
Skyhorse Publishing
Publish Date
September 07, 2012
Pages
250
Dimensions
5.6 X 1.0 X 8.3 inches | 0.8 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781620870921
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Reviews

At 94 years of age, Stephane Hessel has already seen and done more than most people can even imagine. He witnessed the rise of fascism in Europe, fought the Nazis in the French Resistance; was interned in German death camps, designated for hanging, escaped and participated in the liberation of Paris; and worked as a diplomat, author and human-rights activist.
He has lived a life that rivals the best fiction. He could fade into contented retreat. Instead, he just wants to make you angry. Yes, you.
As a hero of the French Resistance, St phane Hessel was in exile with Charles de Gaulle in London, imprisoned in concentration camps, waterboarded in Nazi torture sessions and saved from hanging by swapping identities with an inmate who had died of typhus.
Unfocused, and not for the fainthearted, but a clarion call for the like-minded that will perhaps attract the curious as well. --Kirkus Review
As a hero of the French Resistance, Stephane Hessel was in exile with Charles de Gaulle in London, imprisoned in concentration camps, waterboarded in Nazi torture sessions and saved from hanging by swapping identities with an inmate who had died of typhus.