Everyone at NI is deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Jonathan Schell. Jonathan Edward Schell was born on August 21, 1943 in New York City and died on March 25, 2014, he was seventy years old. He received his degree in 1965 from Harvard University. Mr. Schell went on to become a dean of the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and the current Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S. - China Relations at Asia Society in New York. He was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the National Critics Award.
Mr. Schell, a bestselling author whose work has been featured on The Nation, The New Yorker, and Los Angeles Times. His topics covered Nuclear weapons and their affect on society in general. The New Yorker Time described his books as Schell “explored warfare in its myriad 20th-century incarnations, from a scathing indictment of United States policy in Vietnam to a sobering portrait of the world in the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust” (Fox, 2014)
Mr. Magno the financial director here at nonviolence shared his thoughts about Mr. Schell, Over thirty years ago, (1982) Jonathan Schell wrote a series of New Yorker essays that became the book, The Fate of the Earth, powerful in its impact on a renewed anti-nuclear weapons movement. It relied on an impressive volume of scientific evidence to illustrate the consequences of a nuclear exchange between the superpowers on the planet and galvanized activists the world over to action with its stark conclusions. He returned to the topic in each of the next two decades with later books focused on the need for total nuclear abolition, but none as compelling as The Fate of the Earth. He also published, The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and The Will of the People in 2003, an extensive look at the interplay of title dynamics and how they advance civil society on terms not premised on force and violence.
William Shawn, in a piece found in the New Yorker “He is an excellent judge of talent, and of people. As for the range of his interests, it is extraordinary. As for his character, his mind, his temperament, I think he has the qualities we have been, or should be, looking for (and I use the following words with precision): warmth and good will, truthfulness, fair-mindedness, self-forgetfulness, humor, imagination, vision, conscience, inner strength, intellectual and emotional depth.” (Remick, 2014).
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Works CitedFox, M. (2014, March 26). Jonathan Schell, Author Who Explored War, Dies at 70. Retrieved March 27, 2014, from The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/27/us/jonathan-schell-author-who-explored-war-dies-at-70.html?_r=0
Remick, D. (2014, March 26). POSTSCRIPT: JONATHAN SCHELL, 1943-2014. Retrieved March 27, 2014, from The New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2014/03/postscript-jonathan-schell-1943-2014.html
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