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Serpent’s Tail publishes the book that shaped the Arab Spring

November 11th, 2011


Gene Sharp’s From Dictatorship to Democracy has been widely acknowledged as a piece of literature widely used as a blueprint for nonviolent resistance to dictatorial regimes. Passed from activist to activist, frequently photocopied, scanned and disseminated online, Serpent’s Tail have acquired book rights and are proud to have this important 21st century document on our list.

The book has been translated into 31 languages and likened to the Communist Manifesto and the Little Red Book in terms of cultural importance, it has become the definitive ‘how-to’ guide for the modern radical. It lists a number of methods of nonviolent resistance, from mock funerals to sit-ins and the occupation of public space, as used to media-worthy effect in the 2011 protests of #occupylondon and #occupywallstreet.

From Dictatorship to Democracy is available as an ebook now, and published in paperback in January 2012. Gene Sharp is the subject of a documentary called How To Start a Revolution, which is showing in festivals around the world in late 2011 / early 2012.