Rising up and Rising Down
Some Thoughts on Violence, Freedom and Urgent MeansBook - 2004
William T. Vollmann's abridgment of his 3,500-page, seven-volumemagnum opus
An odyssey through the history of violence, Rising Up and Rising Down combines William T. Vollmann's voracious appetite for the details of history with a disregard for his own safety, examines the actions of historical figures, scrutinizes the thinking of philosophers and finds Vollmann posting personal dispatches from some of the most dangerous and war-torn places on earth. The result is his Moral Calculus, a structured decision-making system designed to help the reader decide when violence is justifiable and when it is not.