With the nonviolent overthrow of the Mubarak government in Egypt, Gene Sharp (biographical prophile) has been receiving increased attention. We watched some of his early film work in Nonviolence and Christian Faith last year, and I’ve used his book Waging Nonviolent Struggle for a few projects. I’ve also been influenced by Peter Ackerman (A Force More Powerful film & book), who I now see studied under Sharp.
I’ve been meaning to post a video clip of Sharp here (How to Start a Revolution), and when a friend alerted me to his philosophical role in the Egyptian conflict, I thought I’d do more than post the one trailer.
- Gene Sharp, The 83 Year Old Who Toppled Egypt (Samuel P. Jacobs, The Daily Beast, 14 Feb 2011)
- Gene Sharp: How to overthrow a tyrant (Jay Kernis, CNN, 17 Feb 2011)
- The 83-year-old academic who inspired the Egyptians (David Cairns, The First Post, 20 Feb 2011)
- The Politics of Nonviolent Struggle (1973) [WorldCat]
- Waging Nonviolent Struggle (2005) [WorldCat]
- From Dictatorship to Democracy (2003) [download here]
- Seven books available online by Sharp [list with links]
- WorldCat [list with links]
To learn more, visit The Einstein Foundation headed by Sharp.
Also, learn about these old nonviolent radicals.