The #Friday56: #1000Speak Edition

I started doing these last week. This is a weekly booking meme courtesy of Freda’s Voice. Friday 56And there is a linkup! The rules are simple: Grab a book, any book. Turn to page 56. Find a sentence, any sentence, and post it. (Or post a few — just don’t spoil it!) Add the post url (not your homepage) to the linky and do some visits.

I have nonfiction this week. From The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People, (2003) by Johnathan Schell. A book that opened my eyes to many important nonfictional things.

“At the height of the crisis, Khruschev wrote in his memoirs, he privately asked his generals if they could assure him “that holding fast would not result in the death of 500 million human beings. He went on to report, “They looked at me as though I was out of my mind or, what was worse, a traitor. The biggest tragedy, as they saw it, was not that our country might be devastated and everything lost, but that the Chinese or the Albanians would accuse us of appeasement or weakness.” He was led to wonder, “What good would it have done me in the last hour of my life to know that, though our great nation and the United States were in complete ruin, the national honor of the Soviet Union was intact?”

More about #1000Speak.