PUBLIC INTELLECTUAL: The Life of a Citizen Pilgrim

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This political memoir reveals how Richard Falk became prominent in America and internationally as both a public intellectual and citizen pilgrim. interwoven and enriched with personal accounts of his living, learning and loving in many parts of the world. Falk built a life of progressive commitment, highlighted by visits to North Vietnam during the Vietnam War, to Iran during the Islamic Revolution, to South Africa at the height of the struggle against apartheid, and frequently to Palestine and Israel. In the course of his travels, teaching, and writing, Falk has dealt with many leading personalities around the world (checkout the Names Index in Look Inside the Book).  In 2010 he was named Outstanding Public Scholar in Political Economy by the International Studies Association. He has been nominated annually for the Nobel Peace Prize since 2009.

“Richard Falk’s Public Intellectual is a citizen pilgrims journey across the world , over  nearly a century, contributing to peace in Vietnam, Iran, Palestine …Through his life and ideas he invites us to imagine and shape the ‘politics of impossibility ‘  to heal our ‘endangered planet’  and our fractured societies.  Whether you are a peace activist or researcher , or you care about the earth and fellow human beings , Public Intellectual will enrich you intellectually and  politically.” VANDANA SHIVA

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This political memoir reveals how Richard Falk became prominent in America and internationally as both a public intellectual and citizen pilgrim. interwoven and enriched with personal accounts of his living, learning and loving in many parts of the world. Falk’s journey began with a comfortable, yet troubled, childhood in New York City that included a conservative political and secular background, leading on to an Ivy League education. From there, Falk built a life of progressive commitment, highlighted by visits to North Vietnam during the Vietnam War, to Iran during the Islamic Revolution, to South Africa at the height of the struggle against apartheid, and frequently to Palestine and Israel. This led to his enduring many defamatory attacks launched by militants defending U.S. foreign policy, and especially in reaction to his expressions of solidarity with the Palestinian struggle to achieve basic rights and a just peace. The assault reached its height during the six-year period when Falk served as UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Occupied Palestine. Along the way, while a professor of international law at Princeton University, he has published more than 50 books on many scholarly topics, including studies of the profound dangers now facing humanity, the relevance of international law and the UN, and prospects for transforming world order in the direction of peace, justice, and ecological viability. His publications and activism describe various encounters with embedded American militarism, especially as expressed by governmental resistance to responsible efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons. In the course of his travels, teaching, and writing, Falk has dealt with many leading personalities around the world. Aside from a life of travel, commitment, and personal intimacy two themes have dominated his public roles—engaging with the controversies of the present and envisioning a future of world order that is humane and sensitive to ecological limits. To find coherence, he has published a book of poems, Waiting for Rainbows.

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