Revolution: Faces of Change

Revolution: Faces of Change

by John Miller
     
 

Revolution: Faces of Change collects 25 portraits of charismatic leaders -- the revolutionaries -- who insisted on change in the face of oppression; who persevered through ridicule, conflict, and often violent opposition; and whose human spirit has kept their legends alive. Here are the photographs and stories of heroes and martyrs, from Che Guevara to Nelson

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Revolution: Faces of Change collects 25 portraits of charismatic leaders -- the revolutionaries -- who insisted on change in the face of oppression; who persevered through ridicule, conflict, and often violent opposition; and whose human spirit has kept their legends alive. Here are the photographs and stories of heroes and martyrs, from Che Guevara to Nelson Mandela, from Malcolm X to Aung San Suu Kyi, who were and are willing to sacrifice their lives for what they believe. To accompany each portrait, the editors have selected works by eminent, sympathetic writers -- many of whom have known their subjects personally -- that communicate the presence of the revolutionary spirit. They include Pico Iyer on the Dalai Lama, Peter Matthiessen on Cesar Chavez, Andre Brink on Nelson Mandela, Ariel Dorfman on Salvador Allende, Gabriel Garcia Marquez on Fidel Castro, and Alma Guillermoprieto on Subcommandante Marcos.

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
This is a handsome book of essays and photographs of some 25 people the editors have dubbed revolutionaries. Since the list runs from Che Guevara to Sitting Bull, Eva Peron and Elie Wiesel, the definition is rather elastic. The graphic design is quite attractive; besides a large title page photograph, each page has print in a middle column flanked by red, yellow or black columns on either side featuring quotes relating to the text. Essays are by some well-known writers and are addressed primarily to general readers; included as essayists are Alex Haley, V. S. Naipaul, David Halberstam, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Choices, though eclectic, tend to run in a leftist direction, with Castro, Che, Allende, Angela Davis and "Subcommander" Marcos joining with Aung San Suu Kyi, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Tubman, Lech Walesa and Mohandas Gandhi. Despite its ideological leanings and loose focus, this is a book that easily and ably introduces an interesting array of historical actors to readers young or old. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Avalon/Thunder's Mouth Press, dist. by Publishers Group West, 151p, 25cm, 00-021775, $22.95. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Daniel J. Levinson; History & English Teacher, Thayer Acad., Braintree, MA, November 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 6)
Booknews
Miller and Kenedi (Big Fish, San Francisco) have collected 25 portraits of charismatic leaders who insisted on change in the face of oppression, persevering through ridicule, conflict, and often violence, and whose human spirit has kept their legends alive. The photographs are accompanied by biographical sketches and informative essays by well-known figures, many of whom have known their subjects personally. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560252610
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
04/30/2000
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
9.86(w) x 10.13(h) x 0.46(d)

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