2050, Paris n'est plus qu'un torrent de violences, le terrain de jeu de fanatiques déchus. L'air n'est plus respirable. Les hologrammes ont remplacé les hommes. Le travail n'est plus que le privilège de quelques-uns. Sous l'hégémonie de Dame Consommation, il est devenu interdit de fabriquer et réparer.
Ce livre est un signal d'alerte. Il est futuriste sans être fantaisiste. Un livre terrifiant de vérités aux premières pages et saisissant d'espoir aux dernières. Un très beau roman d'anticipation, empli d'humanité. Un bel appel au vivre ensemble et au retour à l'autosuffisance.
In June 1964, courageous young civil rights workers risked their lives in the face of violence, intimidation, illegal arrests, and racism to register as many African American voters as possible in Mississippi, which had historically excluded most blacks from voting. With a firsthand account of the details and thoughtful descriptions of key people on the front lines, including Fannie Lou Hamer, Charles McLaurin, John Harris, Irene McGruder, and many more, author Jim Dann brings that historic period back to life. He places those 15 months in Mississippi-known as Freedom Summer-in the overall history of the struggle of African Americans for freedom, equality, and democratic rights in the South, the country, and throughout the world. Fraught with lessons drawn from those experiences, Challenging the Mississippi Firebombers is a valuable contribution to understanding and advancing civil rights struggles in addition to being a fascinating and engrossing story of a pivotal moment in the mid-20th-century United States.
Jim Dann was born in 1940 and graduated in physics from Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh, Pa. A graduate student in history at UCLA in 1964, he volunteered for the Mississippi Summer Project organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. At the SNCC's request he stayed on and was hired as a Field Secretary for the following year. After returning to UCLA, he was active in the anti-Vietnam War movement. He authored "US Hegemony Over the Three Worlds, " in How the World Works, A critical Introduction to International Relations, edited by Gary Olson (1984, Scott, Foresman and Company).
He then taught high school physics for 20 years. With his son he authored The People's Physics Book, a textbook for advanced high school physics, freely available on-line, and used in a number of states and some countries outside of the US. Jim Dann lives in Vacaville, CA, and works part-time as an Energy Conservation Consultant to a Sacramento school district.
Jim worked diligently on this book until June 14 without letting on that his health was anything but perfect. The first galleys were completed on June 16 when when we learned that Jim had passed away that day. He died of leukemia. Getting this book out was an absolute priority
ohn Harris, born in the apartheid world of Birmingham, Alabama, in 1943 was a life-long fighter for equality and civil rights. He joined the SNCC Freedom Summer Project in 1964 and was one of the key young black fighters in the Mississippi Delta area for 15 months.