I don't understand the 'not factual' comment but I was expecting a stronger message. I was led to the book by an article stating that it was an inspiration for the occupy movement. If so I didn't get it. As a book of being strong against other forces and a history of this man's involvement in France this was interesting ....and it is short.
This short beautifully written manifesto can be read in an hour. So do it! At 93 years old, Stephane Hessel is clear and concise about his views of modern day France and the world and where we have gone off the rails with our ideals. He demands a call to socialist order where no one is left behind, the future belongs to nonviolence and the reconciliation of cultures. As a Jew he is equality critical of Israel's occupation of Gaza, and other world powers who have inflicted violence and ignored their religions peaceful doctrines. His credentials are epic including the de Gaule's French forces in London during WWII and organizing the French Resistance, UN formation in '46 and the UN Declaration of Human rights, and the list goes on. Bravo!
A tiny and inspiring book, Stéphane Hessel fought against fascism and was involved in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In this book, written near the end of his life, he urges young people to think critically about the world around them and to fight against the erosion of rights and civil liberties which are currently underway, and not always as easy to spot in today's society.
Very One Sided, and Not factual, This book looks Very good on the outside,
A refreshing read for our times. Mr. Hessel, a man who fought against the Nazis in occupied France, helps us to rediscover our sense of Outrage in ambivalent times. A particularly relevant read in overly apologetic Canadians living under the rein of the Conservatives.
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