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Political Awakenings: Conversations with History

Political Awakenings: Conversations with History

by Harry Kreisler
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As a kid, Noam Chomsky handed out the Daily-Mirror at his uncle's newsstand on 72nd Street, finding himself in a buzzing intellectual and political hub for European immigrants in New York-an experience that would shape his lifelong interest in radical politics.

In a moment that clarified for her the importance of the law in protecting vulnerable groups, Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi and her husband signed their own legal contract, attempting to restore equality to their marriage after the Iranian Revolution effectively erased the legal rights of women.

A Harvard professor and the chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel created to oversee the U.S. banking bailout, Elizabeth Warren once set out to expose those fraudulent Americans who were declaring bankruptcy and taking advantage of the system-only to discover, in her research, a very different story of hard-working middle-class families facing economic collapse in the absence of a social safety net.

In this rousing, thoughtful, often funny, and always inspiring volume, a diverse and impressive group of thinkers reflect on those formative experiences that shaped their own political commitments. A fascinating new window into the profound connections between the personal and the political, Political Awakenings will engage readers across generations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595583406
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 03/16/2010
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Protest and Change 1

Noam Chomsky 3

Daniel Ellsberg 14

Listening to the People 29

Elizabeth Warren 31

Ron Dellums 42

Science, Food, and the Environment: Movements for Justice 59

Michael Pollan 61

Eva Harris 77

Oronto Douglas 88

Seeking Truth 99

Amira Hass 101

Jane Mayer 120

Empire and Hegemony 135

Ahmed Rashid 137

Chalmers Johnson 154

Tariq Ali 178

Resistance Through Art 189

Roya Hakakian 191

Oliver Stone 201

Kenzaburo Oe 214

Human Rights and the Law 227

Albie Sachs 229

Shirin Ebadi 244

Philippe Sands 250

Radical Insights Through History 259

Joan Wallach Scott 261

Howard Zinn 274

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