The Path to Hope

The Path to Hope

by Stephane Hessel, Edgar Morin

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An incisive political tract that calls for a return to humanist values: equality, liberty, a return to community, mutual respect, freedom from poverty, and an end to theocracy and fundamentalism. The authors argue that a return to these values constitutes “a path to hope,” leading the way out of the present worldwide malaise brought on by economic collapse, moral failure, and an ignorance of history.

For the authors, 20th-century fascism was no mere abstraction—it was a brutal system brought on by a similar malaise, a system they fought against. The uncertainly of our current political moment gives their book special urgency.

The Path to Hope is written by two esteemed French thinkers—Stephane Hessel, editor of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and renowned philosopher and sociologist Edgar Morin. Their writings have become bestsellers throughout Europe, and have also become foundational documents underpinning the worldwide protest movement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590515617
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 112
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Stephane Hessel was a member of the French Resistance during World War II, a concentration camp survivor, a diplomat, editor of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. His book Indignez-vous! has sold 3,500,000 copies.
Edgar Morin is a renowned French philosopher and sociologist who fought in the French Resistance.
Jeff Madrick is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and author of many works, most recently The Age of Greed.

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In this book, Hessel and Morin look at the world in an objective and critical way. They realized that if politics continue the way they are now, there will not be much of a world left to offer our future generations. Although this seems like an overwhelming and daunting task, they break policy down into manageable sections and give detailed thoughts on each. They address everything from labor to education to the policies that are focused on children. The book is small, shaped like a pocket notebook. It even has blank lined pages in the back for additional notes that reader may want to make. The great thing about the way the writing was translated is that although the diction is intellectual, with lots of five dollar words, the meaning is still comprehensible. Someone who doesn’t know much about politics or economics can still read, and even enjoy, this book. That ability to relate to a number of readers is important when dealing with a topic such as world reform. Everyone should be involved. The authors are not preachy, they are not condescending. In fact, the compassion that they seem to have for people in general is not disguised by words like “hyperspecialization”, “compartmentalization”, or “bureaucratization”. This book is not sterile or indifferent, like a textbook. Instead, it’s full of intellectual emotion, which is as interesting as it is rare, as least on a common level. This is a book that every college student, businessman, and politician should read, if not own. Despite the fact that you may not agree with everything that is said, it never hurts to open yourself up to new ideas and perspectives.