The Jonathan Schell Reader: On the United States at War, the Long Crisis of the American Republic, and the Fate of the Earth

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At times of global crisis, Jonathan Schell's writings have always presented nuanced and influential alternatives to conventional thinking. The moral clarity of his reportage first entered the public consciousness with his dispatches for The New Yorker on Vietnam. These seminal articles became The Village of Ben Suc (1967), a searing account that predicted the failure of Pentagon politics. Over the subsequent decades, Schell's varied and consistently prescient articles have articulated the now commonly held ...
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Overview


At times of global crisis, Jonathan Schell's writings have always presented nuanced and influential alternatives to conventional thinking. The moral clarity of his reportage first entered the public consciousness with his dispatches for The New Yorker on Vietnam. These seminal articles became The Village of Ben Suc (1967), a searing account that predicted the failure of Pentagon politics. Over the subsequent decades, Schell's varied and consistently prescient articles have articulated the now commonly held notion that image has replaced substance in politics; provided (in Fate of the Earth) an apocalyptic vision of nuclear war that revitalized the disarmament movement; and more recently, charted the rise of "the other superpower"—the international peace movement that transcends country, class, and religion. As America finds itself at a crucial juncture both domestically and internationally, The Jonathan Schell Reader is vital reading for those who wish to better understand the history they have come from and the direction they should be heading toward. This book provides a landmark collection that spans the career of one of the leading thinkers and authors of our time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560254072
  • Publisher: Nation Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Series: Nation Books
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,397,655
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author


Jonathan Schell was born in 1943 in New York City, where he still lives. Among his previous books is the best-selling The Fate of the Earth. His writing on Vietnam has been included in the Library of America’s recent two-volume Reporting Vietnam.
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Table of Contents

The village of Ben Suc 3
Quang Ngai & Quang Tin 31
The fate of the earth 59
The abolition 143
The unfinished twentieth century 173
"Notes and comment" from The New Yorker : December 6, 1969 215
"Notes and comment" from The New Yorker : October 14, 1972 222
"Notes and comment" from The New Yorker : April 8, 1974 227
"Notes and comment" from The New Yorker : August 5, 1974 232
"Notes and comment" from The New Yorker : August 12, 1974 234
"Notes and comment" from The New Yorker : August 19, 1974 235
"Notes and comment" from The New Yorker : April 14, 1975 236
"Notes and comment" from The New Yorker : February 3, 1986 244
The time of illusion 249
Column from Newsday : March 15, 1992 309
Column from Newsday : March 17, 1994 311
Column from Newsday : June 23, 1994 313
Land of dreams 317
A force to reckon with 325
A hole in the world 329
Disarmament wars 335
Imposing our will 339
The importance of losing 343
Learning the obvious 349
Introduction to Letters from prison 355
The unconquerable world 387
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