Author of War suggests:
Recently I have been rereading Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation by Jonathan Lear. Don't be alarmed by its grimly academic title; it is one of the most profound and elegantly written books to come out in decades. The book discusses a Crow Indian leader named Plenty Coups, who led his people through their brutal transition from a nomadic hunting culture to confinement on a government reservation. This is not a work of history or anthropology, however, but an inquiry into how an entire society can radically transform itself in order to survive. Lear's book is visionary and if you take its message to heart transformative. He has done one of those rare things: produced a work that applies to literally every person on the planet.
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