The Impossible Will Take a Little While: Perseverance and Hope in Troubled Times

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More relevant than ever, this seminal collection of essays encourages us to believe in the power of ordinary citizens to change the world

In today's turbulent world it's hard not to feel like we're going backwards; after decades of striving, justice and equality still seem like far off goals. What keeps us going when times get tough? How have the leaders and unsung heroes of world-changing political movements persevered in the face of cynicism, fear, and seemingly overwhelming odds? In The Impossible Will Take a Little While, they answer these questions in their own words, creating a conversation among some of the most visionary and eloquent voices of our times. Today, more than ever, we need their words and their wisdom.

In this revised edition, Paul Rogat Loeb has comprehensively updated this classic work on what it's like to go up against Goliath--whether South African apartheid, Mississippi segregation, Middle East dictatorships, or the corporations driving global climate change. Without sugarcoating the obstacles, these stories inspire hope to keep moving forward.

Think of this book as a conversation among some of the most visionary and eloquent voices of our times--or any time: Contributors include Maya Angelou, Diane Ackerman, Marian Wright Edelman, Wael Ghonim, Václav Havel, Paul Hawken, Seamus Heaney, Jonathan Kozol, Tony Kushner, Audre Lorde, Nelson Mandela, Bill McKibben, Bill Moyers, Pablo Neruda, Mary Pipher, Arundhati Roy, Dan Savage, Desmond Tutu, Alice Walker, Cornel West, Terry Tempest Williams, and Howard Zinn.

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Paul Rogat Loeb is the author of Soul of a Citizen, which has 130,000 copies in print. He appears regularly in the Huffington Post and on national radio and TV and has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, and AARP Bulletin.

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"An indispensable anthology of hope and inspiration. Put away your Prozac, and pick up The Impossible Will Take a Little While."―Arianna Huffington

"A magnificent anthology celebrates hope, guts, and the power of taking action.... Loeb has compiled for us the words of 49 of the most gifted and heroic men and women of our time, 49 testimonials to stamina and compassion in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, 49 reasons to keep hope alive in this time of frustration and fear"―The Oprah Magazine

"Loeb has been doing wonderfully patient work, exploring the American conscience from the inside. I regard him as something of a national treasure."―Susan Sontag

"An anthology of some of the most powerful voices of of our time."―Boston Globe

"For anyone worn down, The Impossible Will Take a Little While is a bracing double cappuccino."―Barbara Ehrenreich

"Deeply moving and motivating...a retinue to be reckoned with; a plethora of commentary from those dedicated to the concept of a better world"―Baltimore Sun

"Stop worrying, stop feeling sorry for humanity and read The Impossible Will Take a Little While."―Chicago Tribune

"A much needed salvo against despair."―Psychology Today

"A book of essays meant to inspire people."―Christian Science Monitor

"An extremely important effort."―John Kenneth Galbraith

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