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Jonathan Schell (1943–2014)

Author of The Fate of the Earth

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About the Author

Jonathan Schell was born in Manhattan, New York on August 21, 1943. He received a bachelor's degree in Far Eastern history from Harvard University and spent a year studying Japanese at the International Christian University in Tokyo. In 1967, while heading home from his year abroad in Japan, he show more stopped in Vietnam, where he witnessed Operation Cedar Falls, an aerial campaign designed to level Ben Suc, which was known as a Vietcong stronghold. This experience led to his first book The Village of Ben Suc. His other non-fiction works include The Fate of the Earth, The Gift of Time: The Case for Abolishing Nuclear Weapons Now, The Unfinished Twentieth Century, The Unconquerable World, and The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of Nuclear Danger. He was a staff writer for The New Yorker from 1967 to 1987. He also worked as a columnist for Newsday and New York Newsday and as a correspondent for The Nation. He taught at numerous universities including Yale, Princeton, Wesleyan, and N.Y.U. He died of cancer on March 25, 2014 at the age of 70. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Jonathan Schell

The Fate of the Earth (1982) 568 copies
The Time of Illusion (1975) 89 copies
The Abolition (1984) 61 copies
The Village of Ben Suc (1967) 33 copies
Observing The Nixon Years (1989) 19 copies
Turner Brooks: Work (1997) 17 copies

Associated Works

American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (2008) — Contributor — 413 copies
Reporting Vietnam: American Journalism 1959-1969, Volume 1 (1998) — Contributor — 321 copies
Granta 21: The Story-Teller (1987) — Contributor — 153 copies
Granta 5: The Modern Common Wind (1982) — Contributor — 44 copies
The Best American Political Writing 2004 (2004) — Contributor — 41 copies


Common Knowledge



"This book mounts perhaps the most impressive argument ever made that there exists a viable and desirable alternative to the continued reliance on war." -The New York Times. Suggests foundations of an entirely new kind on which to construct an enduring peace, The Unconquerable World is a bold book of sweeping significance.
riselibrary_CSUC | Aug 24, 2020 |
Nearly thirty years old, this book is still, unfortunately, a must-read. The threat of nuclear war is very real and no one explores its consequences better than Schell.
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nmele | 2 other reviews | Jun 16, 2017 |
This award-winning documentary will challenge your views on love, sex and relationships. The film follows the romantic quest of Baba Dez, a prominent Sacred Sexual Healer. When his lifestyle of multiple lovers is shaken by the loss of his true love, Maya, Dez must practice what he preaches. Can he channel her return through a tantric ritual he calls Sex Magic? Decide for yourself in a film called "Provocative", "Controversial", and "Raucous". You'll be talking about it for days. *PLUS 2 HOURS OF BONUS FEATURES "What is Tantra?"- Prominent teachers discuss their understanding of Tantra. "The S.H.A.M.A.N. Method of Sex Magic"- Baba Dez and Kamala Devi explain a program they created to make Sex Magic accessible to everyone. "Full Healing Session"- Be in the room for an entire session with master healer Sean Roop. "The Director's Thoughts"- Jonathan and Eric discuss frequently asked questions "Dez Speaks"- Hear Dez's reaction to this personal and challenging film.… (more)
Langri_Tangpa_Centre | Jun 1, 2016 |
Jonathan Schell's most recent book should be read along with Richard Rhodes' "Arsenals of Folly." Where Rhodes takes a "hard news" approach to the history of nuclear weapons, with a focus in his latest book on the history of disarmament efforts, Schell's agenda is broader, examining the psychology as well as the history of nuclear weapons, and he offers a conceptual road map to abolition of nuclear weapons. In the absence of an abolition movement such as the one that gained so much attention in the late 1970s and 1980s, Schell's book should inspire those who never knew or have forgotten how close we were to abolition twenty-some years ago.… (more)
nmele | Apr 6, 2013 |


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