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From Dictatorship to Democracy

Twenty-one years ago, at a friend's request, scholar Gene Sharp wrote a generic blueprint for non-violent resistance to repressive regimes. It was then translated, photocopied, and handed from one rebel to another, travelling from country to country across the globe: from Iran to Venezuela--where both countries consider Gene Sharp to be an enemy of the state--to Serbia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tibet, Vietnam, the former Soviet Union, China, Nepal, and more recently and notably in Tunisia, Egypt, the Yemen, Libya, and Syria, where the leaders of the Arab Spring view Sharp's ideas as the guiding light of their movement.
This short, pithy, and extraordinarily clear guide to overthrowing a dictatorship by non-violent means lists 198 specific methods: sit-ins, popular non-obedience, selective strikes, withdrawal of bank deposits, revenue refusal, walk-outs, silence, and hunger strikes. Now available for the first time as a trade book, "From Dictatorship to Democracy" has made the little-known Gene Sharp into the world's most effective and sought-after analyst of resistance to authoritarian regimes. For anyone seeking to understand the political change that is sweeping the globe--or for anyone seeking to make change at home--here is the one-stop guide for our times.
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Gene Sharp advises governments and resistance movements around the world and is considered the most influential living promoter of nonviolent resistance to autocratic governments. He is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. He currently resides in East Boston.


Praise for From Dictatorship to Democracy "Not since Machiavelli has a book had such impact in shifting the balance of power" --The The Times of London "Few Americans have heard of Dr. Sharp. But for decades, his practical writings on nonviolent revolution--most notably [his] guide to toppling autocrats--have inspired dissidents around the world, including Burma, Bosnia, Estonia and Zimbabwe, and now Tunisia and Egypt." --The New York Times "In June 2007, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez publicly accused Mr. Sharp of stirring unrest in Venezuela. . . . The target of all this intrigue and animosity is eighty years old and slightly stooped. He walks with a cane." --The Wall Street Journal "The man who changed the world." --The Boston Globe "Hailed as the manual by those who conducted people-power coups in Eastern Europe, its contents were no secret in Iran. . . . Officials saw this summer's unrest as the fruit of his strategies." --The Christian Science Monitor

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