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Rising Up and Rising Down
WILLIAM T. VOLLMANN

Rising Up and Rising Down by William T. Vollmann
14 reviews (2003) (752p)
National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction Finalist

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Book Description

Twenty-three years in the making, Rising Up and Rising Down (the original, published by McSweeney's in October 2003, spans seven volumes) is a rich amalgam of historical analysis, contemporary case studies, anecdotes, essays, theory, charts, graphs, photographs and drawings. Convinced that there is "a finite number of excuses" for violence and that some excuses "are more valid than others," Vollmann spent two decades consulting hundreds of sources, scrutinizing the thinking of philosophers, theologians, tyrants, warlords, military strategists, activists and pacifists. He also visited more than a dozen countries and war zones to witness violence firsthand -- sometimes barely escaping with his life.

Vollmann makes deft use of these tools and experiences to create his Moral Calculus, a structured decision-making system designed to help the reader decide when violence is justifiable and when it is not.


Other Award Winning Books by William T. Vollmann
Imperial by William T. Vollmann
15 reviews (2009) (1344p) (NBCCA Non)
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Europe Central by William T. Vollmann
42 reviews (2005) (832p) (NBCCA) (NBA)
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The Rifles by William T. Vollmann
  reviews (1994) (432p) (LATimes)
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William T. Vollmann Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 4  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 3  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 0  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 3 Europe Central · Rising Up and Rising Down · Imperial ·  
National Book Award Wins 1 Europe Central ·  
National Book Award Nominations 1 Europe Central ·  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 0  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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