Vaclav Havel: A Political Tragedy In Six Acts

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This authorized biography of Havel, based on unrestricted access to him, his circle, and even his enemies, is not only the first definitive account of one of the modern world's great moral and political leaders but also a vivid panorama of the tumultuous events of his times. Havel's life, like that of his African counterpart Nelson Mandela, has been shaped and determined by the large political shifts of the twentieth century. Readers will taste the moments of joy, irony, farce, and misfortune through which he has lived, and realize that he has taught the world more about the powerful and the powerless, power-grabbing and power-sharing, than virtually anyone else on the world stage.
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John Keane (Athens, GA) is a veteran producer, engineer, and musician. He owns his own studio in Athens, GA and has worked with a variety of artists including R.E.M., Cowboy Junkies, The Indigo Girls, and Widespread Panic. He has been using Pro Tools since 1991. Check out the albums on which John has worked at http: //

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Basic Books
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Jan 4, 2008
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Biography & Autobiography / General
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It is only a decade ago that the eighteenth-century distinctionbetween civil society and the state seemed old-fashioned, an objectof cynicism, even of outright hostility. In this important newbook, John Keane shows how, in a wholly unexpected reversal offortunes, this antiquated distinction has since become voguishamong politicians, academics, journalists, business leaders, reliefagencies and citizens' organizations.

John Keane examines the various sources and phases of the dramaticworld-wide popularization of the term. He traces its reappearancein a wide range of contexts - from China to Tunisia, from SouthAfrica to the emerging European Union - and clarifies theconflicting grammars and vocabularies of the language of civilsociety. Considerable care is taken to highlight the differentpossible meanings of the distinction between civil society and thestate. Keane also takes the reader into previously unchartedintellectual territory by demonstrating that the civil societyperspective contains unharnessed potentials: that it is possible todevelop bold new images of civil society that alter the ways inwhich we think about matters such as power, property, violence,politics, publicity and democracy.

Written with style and imagination, this important book by JohnKeane will be of great interest to students and scholars inpolitics, media studies, sociology, social and political theory,and to a broader public audience interested in the central debatesand political developments of our time.
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