This compelling book tells the inspirational stories of men and women who fought for peace, freedom, equality, and human rights throughout the twentieth century. Often at great personal risk, they did what they could to alleviate the suffering caused by Hitler, Stalin, and Mao; by racists in America and South Africa; and those who would oppress women everywhere. Tracing the lives of the unsung and the famous, Cohen retraces the lives of such figures as Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Pope John XXIII, Aung San Suu Kyi, Margaret Sanger, and Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. 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.
Warren I. Cohen is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and senior scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Introduction Part I: Nonviolent Resistance Chapter 1: Mahatma Gandhi and Nonviolent Resistance Chapter 2: Vaclav Havel and the Power of the Powerless Chapter 3: Aung San Suu Kyi: Martyr for Democracy Part II: Women's Rights Chapter 4: Margaret Sanger and the Liberation of Women Chapter 5: Muslim Feminists Part III: Racial Equality Chapter 6: Jack Greenberg and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Chapter 7: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Struggle for Racial Equality Chapter 8: Donald Woods, Bram Fischer, Helen Suzman, and the Fight against Apartheid Chapter 9: Nelson Mandela: Grace in Victory Part IV: Human Rights Chapter 10: Holocaust Rescuers Chapter 11: Pope John XXIII and Catholic Humanism Chapter 12: Mikhail Gorbachev, Andrei Sakharov, and Human Rights in Europe Chapter 13: Liu Binyan: The Quest for Truth and Justice in China Part V: Freedom from Want Chapter 14: Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt and the Welfare State Chapter 15: Mohammad Yunus, Microfinance, and an End to Poverty Conclusion