Small Acts of Resistance

How Courage, Tenacity, and Ingenuity Can Change the World

By Steve Crawshaw; John Jackson; Vaclav Havel (Foreword by)
(Union Square Press, Hardcover, 9781402768071, 230pp.)

Publication Date: October 2010

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Remarkable, mischievous, inspiringthe eighty-odd stories in Small Acts of Resistance bring hidden histories to life. The courage of the people in these stories is breathtaking. So, too, is the impact and imagination of their actions.These mostly little known storiesincluding those written from eyewitness experience of the events and situations describedreveal the role ordinary people have played in achieving extraordinary change. In the real world, it will never happen,” the skeptics love to tell us. As this book so vividly shows, the skeptics have repeatedly been proven wrong.Stories in this include how:·      Strollers, toilet paper, and illegal ketchup helped end forty years of one-party Communist rule·      Dogs (and what they wore) helped protestors humiliate a murderous regime·      Internet videos about cuddly animals infuriated a repressive government which triedand failedto ban the craze·      Football crowds found ways of singing the national anthem so as to defy a junta of torturers, now in jail·      Women successfully put pressure on warlords to end one of Africa’s bloodiest wars·      The singing of old folksongs hastened the collapse of an empire sustained by tanksIf you think individuals are powerless to change the world, read this remarkable book and you’ll surely change your mind.
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About the Author
Steve Crawshaw is London Director of Human Rights Watch and former Germany bureau chief for the Independent. He is the author of 'Goodbye to the USSR' and his five-part BBC series 'Germany Inside Out' was broadcast in Spring 2003.

John E. Jackson teaches government at Harvard University

Vaclav Havel was born in Czechoslovakia in 1936. His plays have been produced around the world, and he is the author of many influential essays and speeches on totalitarianism, dissent and democratic renewal. He was a founding spokesman for Charter 77, and served as president of the Czech Republic until 2003. He lives in Prague.

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