The Quiet Before

—CAL NEWPORT , author of Digital Minimalism “The Quiet Before is a remarkable, engrossing account of the subterranean routes by which historical change takes place, from the adoption of universal (male) suffrage to #MeToo, ...

The Quiet Before

'The Quiet Before is a fascinating and important exploration of how ideas that change the world incubate and spread.' Steven Pinker 'Filled with insightful analysis and colourful storytelling... Rarely does a book give you a new way of looking at social change. This one does.' Walter Isaacson Why do some radical ideas make history while others founder? We tend to think of revolutions as loud: frustrations and demands shouted in the streets. But the ideas fuelling them have traditionally been conceived in much quieter spaces, in the small, secluded corners where a vanguard can whisper among themselves, imagine alternate realities, and deliberate over how to get there. This extraordinary book is a search for those spaces, over centuries and across continents, and a warning that they might soon go extinct. The Quiet Before is a grand panorama, stretching from the seventeenth century correspondence that jumpstarted the scientific revolution to the groundswell of the Chartists, the liberation movement on the Gold Coast and the underground network of samizdat publications in Soviet Russia - even the encrypted apps used by epidemiologists fighting the pandemic in the shadow of an inept administration. Beckerman shows that defining social movements-from decolonization to feminism-thrive when they are given the time and space to gestate. Now, Facebook and Twitter are replacing these productive, private spaces with monolithic platforms that are very public and endlessly networked. Why did the Arab Spring fall apart and Occupy Wall Street never gain traction? Has Black Lives Matter lived up to its full potential? Beckerman reveals what this new social media ecosystem lacks - everything from patience to focus - and offers a recipe for growing radical ideas again. Lyrical and profound, The Quiet Before looks to the past to help us imagine a different future.

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The Quiet Before
Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: Gal Beckerman
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2022-02-17 - Publisher: Random House

'The Quiet Before is a fascinating and important exploration of how ideas that change the world incubate and spread.' Steven Pinker 'Filled with insightful analysis and colourful storytelling... Rarely does a book give you a new way of looking at social change. This one does.' Walter Isaacson Why do some
The Quiet Hours
Language: en
Pages: 40
Authors: Jeffery Martin Botzenhart
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-02-22 - Publisher: Luminosity Publishing

When I am at my darkest, you are my light. There is no hiding in war, leaving hearts exposed to unfathomable dangers. Two English soldiers suffer such vulnerability as they attempt to survive this cataclysm. Having carried out a secret love affair before the Great War began, when reunited on
The Quiet Way
Language: en
Pages: 130
Authors: Gerhard Tersteegen
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008 - Publisher: World Wisdom, Inc

"The profound spiritual counsel of Gerhard Tersteegen is presented in this volume of short selections from one hundred of his letters, as well as seventeen of his hymns. His emphasis on heartfelt religious devotion, ethical purity, and charitable activity greatly influenced the development of various Protestant denominations and was a
Essential Works of Andrew Murray - Updated
Language: en
Pages: 1408
Authors: Andrew Murray
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-11-01 - Publisher: Barbour Publishing

Want to know how to live the Christian life? Learn from one of the foremost authorities, Andrew Murray, in this single-volume library of twelve classic titles. A century ago, the South African theologian distinguished himself as one of the world's greatest authorities on the deeper Christian life. Now, his most
Culture Clash
Language: en
Pages: 257
Authors: Jean Donaldson
Categories: Dogs
Type: BOOK - Published: 1996 - Publisher: Dogwise Publishing

The book that has shaped modern dog training and ownership with its unique and scientifically sound recognition of the "cultural" differences between dogs and humans. Dogs can't read so you need to in order to really understand your dog.