Gene Sharp Books

From Dictatorship to Democracy is a modern classic and has become Gene Sharp's most prolific work. Published in 1993 for the Burmese democratic opposition it contains the famous '198 methods' of nonviolent action. The book has been translated into nearly 40 languages and played a part in dozens of democratic movements active in the past 25 years, from OTPOR in Serbia to the Arab Spring.  

The Book is available in several formats online, the classic is the 4th edition produced in house by the Albert Einstein Institution (pictured). You can purchase this on Amazon here or find it free for download on the Albert Einstein Institution webpage. Read a review of the 2012 imprint from The Independent.

Waging Nonviolent Struggle concentrates on how to strategically plan a nonviolent campaigning  using protest, noncooperation and intervention. The book draws parallels between nonviolent and military strategy and illustrates how the technique has been put into practice throughout the world with 23 case studies.  Order it on Amazon here

Civilian Based Defense might have become a relic of the Cold War, but now with Russia taking on a more aggressive posture in Eastern Europe and with a Trump presidency questioning its commitment to NATO, the book has developed a new cult following.  How could civilians trained in nonviolent resistance deter an invasion and possibly defeat an occupation without a foreign state coming to their aid militarily?    Civilian Based Defence by Gene Sharp hasn't been so relevant since the fall of the Berlin Wall.  Get it on Amazon

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Gene Sharp - How to Start a Revolution cc The Big Indy Ltd 2011

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