Global environmental movement Extinction Rebellion have encouraged their members to read Blueprint For Revolution: How to Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men, and Other Non-Violent Techniques to Galvanize Communities, Overthrow Dictators, or Simply Change the World by University of St Andrews Rector, Srdja Popovic.
The organisation recommended the book via their Facebook page, heralding it as “an inspiring (and useful!) guide for any activist- and a thoroughly entertaining read for any armchair politico.”
Since its release in 2015, the book has been nominated for the Atlantic Magazine’s book of the month prize and has been met with praise from publications such as The Guardian and The New York Times. Co-authored by Matthew Miller, it discusses modern examples of non-violent revolutions and explains how non-violent techniques can be used.
According to Extinction Rebellion, “Popovic outlines his philosophy for implementing peaceful world change and provides a model for activists everywhere through stories of his own experience toppling dictatorships (peacefully) and of smaller examples of social change.”
University Rector since 2017, Popovic is praised by the organisation for using truthful and “outrageously clever” examples of the ways in which peaceful and non-violent resistance has been successful. The Rector’s stories in the book are deemed “hilarious” and “accessible”.