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Profiles in humanity : the battle for peace, freedom, equality, and human rights

Author: Warren I Cohen
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book tells the inspirational stories of men and women across the globe who fought for peace, freedom, equality; and human rights throughout the twentieth century. These courageous individuals include leading figures such as Mahatma Gandhi, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Vaclav Havel, and Mikhail Gorbachev; as well as Nobel Prize winners Aung San Suu Kyi, Andrei
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Genre/Form: Biography
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Warren I Cohen
ISBN: 9780742567016 074256701X 9780742567030 0742567036
OCLC Number: 300030648
Description: xvii, 262 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Mahatma Gandhi and nonviolent resistance --
Václav Havel and the power of the powerless --
Aung San Suu Kyi, martyr for democracy --
Margaret Sanger and the liberation of women --
Muslim feminists --
Jack Greenberg and the NAACP-Legal Defense Fund --
Martin Luther King, Jr., and the struggle for racial equality --
Donald Woods, Bram Fischer, Helen Suzman and the fight against apartheid --
Nelson Mandela : grace in victory --
Holocaust rescuers --
Pope John XXIII and Catholic humanism --
Mikhail Gorbachev, Andrei Sakharov, and human rights in Europe --
Liu Binyan : the quest for truth and justice in China --
Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt and the welfare state --
Muhammad Yunus, microfinance, and an end to poverty.
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"This book tells the inspirational stories of men and women across the globe who fought for peace, freedom, equality; and human rights throughout the twentieth century. These courageous individuals include leading figures such as Mahatma Gandhi, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Vaclav Havel, and Mikhail Gorbachev; as well as Nobel Prize winners Aung San Suu Kyi, Andrei Sakharov; and Muhammad Yunus. Readers will be reminded why Pope John XXIII, long overshadowed by the charismatic John Paul II, was the greatest pope of contemporary times."

"A new generation will learn that Margaret Sanger was responsible for the single most important advance toward the liberation of women worldwide. They will also come to know some of the valiant women who fought at great personal risk for equal rights in Muslim communities. Warren Cohen highlights the vital roles of Bram Fischer, Helen Suzman, and Donald Woods in fighting apartheid in South Africa and of Jack Greenberg in the struggle against Jim Crow in America. He traces Liu Binyan's efforts to win freedom of the press and to end the abuse of power by the Chinese communist Party. Finally, he recounts the remarkable stories of some of the thousands of men and women of many nationalities and walks of life who rescued Jews during the Holocaust.

Together, these biographies paint an unforgettable portrait of the famous and unsung people who stepped forward with the moral vision to intervene, often at great personal cost, to alleviate human misery."--Jacket.

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