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Speak Truth to Power presents an inspiring rainbow of heroes from more than thirty-five countries and five continents. In searing and uplifting interviews, veteran human rights defender Kerry Kennedy Cuomo examines the quality of courage with women and men who are dramatically changing the course of events in their communities and countries. Imprisoned, tortured, and threa Speak Truth to Power presents an inspiring rainbow of heroes from more than thirty-five countries and five continents. In searing and uplifting interviews, veteran human rights defender Kerry Kennedy Cuomo examines the quality of courage with women and men who are dramatically changing the course of events in their communities and countries. Imprisoned, tortured, and threatened with death, they speak with compelling eloquence on subjects to which they have devoted their lives and for which they have been willing to sacrifice -- from free expression to the rule of law, from women's rights to religious liberty, from environmental defense to eradicating slavery, from access to capitol to the right to due process. Accompanying the interviews are a powerful series of portraits by world-renowned photographer Eddie Adams. This is his first book, representing two years of crisscrossing the globe to make these deeply felt and insightful images of courageous individuals, including the internationally celebrated, such as Vaclav Havel, Baltasar Garzón, Helen Prejean, Marian Wright Edelman, and Nobel Prize Laureates the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel, Oscar Arias Sánchez, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, José Ramos-Horta, and Bobby Muller. But the vast majority of the defenders are unknown and (as yet) unsung beyond their national boundaries, such as former sex slave and leading abolitionist Juliana Dogbadzi of Ghana, domestic violence activist Marina Pisklakova of Russia, mental disability rights advocate Gabor Gombos of Hungary, and more than thirty others


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Speak Truth to Power presents an inspiring rainbow of heroes from more than thirty-five countries and five continents. In searing and uplifting interviews, veteran human rights defender Kerry Kennedy Cuomo examines the quality of courage with women and men who are dramatically changing the course of events in their communities and countries. Imprisoned, tortured, and threa Speak Truth to Power presents an inspiring rainbow of heroes from more than thirty-five countries and five continents. In searing and uplifting interviews, veteran human rights defender Kerry Kennedy Cuomo examines the quality of courage with women and men who are dramatically changing the course of events in their communities and countries. Imprisoned, tortured, and threatened with death, they speak with compelling eloquence on subjects to which they have devoted their lives and for which they have been willing to sacrifice -- from free expression to the rule of law, from women's rights to religious liberty, from environmental defense to eradicating slavery, from access to capitol to the right to due process. Accompanying the interviews are a powerful series of portraits by world-renowned photographer Eddie Adams. This is his first book, representing two years of crisscrossing the globe to make these deeply felt and insightful images of courageous individuals, including the internationally celebrated, such as Vaclav Havel, Baltasar Garzón, Helen Prejean, Marian Wright Edelman, and Nobel Prize Laureates the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel, Oscar Arias Sánchez, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, José Ramos-Horta, and Bobby Muller. But the vast majority of the defenders are unknown and (as yet) unsung beyond their national boundaries, such as former sex slave and leading abolitionist Juliana Dogbadzi of Ghana, domestic violence activist Marina Pisklakova of Russia, mental disability rights advocate Gabor Gombos of Hungary, and more than thirty others

49 review for Speak Truth to Power : Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brian Page

    SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER doesn’t carry a publication date; and as I’m reading it in 2015, it appears really dated. All of the profiles appear to date from no later than 1999. This is unfortunate in a number of ways, but particularly because reading this book now is really depressing: almost without exception the situations described in the 51 interviews have gotten worse. Nevertheless, inspiration can be found. “One works for justice not for big victories, but simply because engaging in the struggle SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER doesn’t carry a publication date; and as I’m reading it in 2015, it appears really dated. All of the profiles appear to date from no later than 1999. This is unfortunate in a number of ways, but particularly because reading this book now is really depressing: almost without exception the situations described in the 51 interviews have gotten worse. Nevertheless, inspiration can be found. “One works for justice not for big victories, but simply because engaging in the struggle is itself worth doing.” Oscar Arias Sanchez “We don’t have a right to lose hope.” Jaime Prieto Mendez “I simply believe that human rights, democracy, and the rule of law are not luxuries.” Raji Sourani “…you have no right to say: ‘Since I cannot do anything, I shouldn’t do anything.’ “ Elie Wiesel “…courage signifies the determination to act according to your values.” Jose Zalaquett “Law has become an instrument of repression, rather than an instrument for change.” Hina Jilani

  2. 5 out of 5

    Magda Tsakiri

    5 stars are not enough

  3. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

    I tagged this book "spirituality" and gave it five stars but it is not fun and I doubt the editors would call it spiritual. It was nevertheless a text that changed my life forever. There is one story in particular that I used to read repeated about Diana Ortiz. There are violent images such as film then there is the horror of more difficult and complex torture, deprivation, and degradation. A must read for those who like to weep. I tagged this book "spirituality" and gave it five stars but it is not fun and I doubt the editors would call it spiritual. It was nevertheless a text that changed my life forever. There is one story in particular that I used to read repeated about Diana Ortiz. There are violent images such as film then there is the horror of more difficult and complex torture, deprivation, and degradation. A must read for those who like to weep.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Pat Tucker

    Speak Truth to Power gives us an insight into the power of the human spirit. It tells us why and how men and women all over the world struggle against oppression, injustice, and cruelty. There is horror but there is also immense hope in this world where dedicated people translate their commitment to human rights into action. -- Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Prize Laureate

  5. 4 out of 5

    Hamad

    Inspirational and motivational. Ariel Dorfman's play is so extremely powerful on paper, I can't imagine how it would be on stage. I think I need to buy the complete-version book and read about more activists and their issues. Inspirational and motivational. Ariel Dorfman's play is so extremely powerful on paper, I can't imagine how it would be on stage. I think I need to buy the complete-version book and read about more activists and their issues.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    I won this book at a bar trivia night, where it was described as "the most depressing coffee table book in the world." That pretty much says it all. I won this book at a bar trivia night, where it was described as "the most depressing coffee table book in the world." That pretty much says it all.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Oz

    Powerful book, more powerful live.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Van Jones? Really? Wish I had not wasted my time or money.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    The most inspirational book I've ever come across. The most inspirational book I've ever come across.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    This book is a collection of essays about people who have seen injustice and changed the world. It's very inspiring. Modern day heroes! This book is a collection of essays about people who have seen injustice and changed the world. It's very inspiring. Modern day heroes!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Julius

    Ich habe die Schweizer Schulbuchversion basierend auf diesem Buch, angereichert durch Portaits der jeweils Interviewten zu ihren Aktivismusfeldern. Die allermeisten sind inspirierend, die Repräsentation scheint mir wohl gewählt, nur hier und da ist zu häufig jemand aus der Schweiz die Hauptfigur oder die Sprecher*in des Struggles.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kari

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    Venise Grossmann

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    Alexander Rolnick

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    Nicole Breckau

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Daley-Harris

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

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    Larissa

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    Trip

  24. 5 out of 5

    julie

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Lavelle

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    Desirée Venn Frederic

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    Randal Miles

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    Susie Anderson-Bauer

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  44. 4 out of 5

    Steven is, but is not so.

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    Alli

  49. 4 out of 5

    Masa

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