Dan Connell's Books

  • Against All Odds
    A Chronicle Of The Eritrean Revolution

    Against All Odds is a firsthand account of Eritrea's 30-year battle for independence from Ethiopia. Connell argues that the blending of a social revolution with political objectives enabled this self-reliant liberation front to weld Eritrea's fractured society—half Christian, half Muslim, from nine ethnic groups—into one of the most remarkable nationalist movements in modern history.

  • Rethinking Revolution
    New Strategies for Democracy and Social Justice The Experiences of Eritrea, South Africa, Palestine & Nicaragua

    Rethinking Revolution recounts the spirited debates among political activists over how to unify and transform their societies, focusing on how new social movements of women and workers are pushing progressive political parties to redefine the way they do politics. He concludes: “Democracy without justice is ritual without substance, but justice without democracy is charity, not change.”

  • Taking on the super power
    Collected Articles on the Eritrean Revolution (1976-1983), Vol. 1

    This two-volume collection of Connell’s writings, spanning a quarter-century, recounts the experience of Eritrea’s protracted independence war and its postliberation transition to statehood. Taking on the Superpowers opens with Connell's first visit to Eritrea and ends with his journeys behind the lines after the Soviet intervention.

  • Building a new nation
    Collected Articles on the Eritrean Revolution (1984-2002), Vol. 2

    This two-volume collection of Connell’s writings, spanning a quarter-century, recounts the experience of Eritrea’s protracted independence war and its postliberation transition to statehood.

  • Eritrea: A Country Handbook

    This richly illustrated guidebook highlights Eritrea’s achievements and contains special sections on its history, its land and its people, the state, the economy, education and training, health and human services, culture and the arts, tourism, the media, civil society and the diaspora. Maps, charts and statistics provide details for each subject, along with more than 100 full-color photos.

  • Conversations with Eritrean Political Prisoners

    Conversations reproduces interviews with five prominent critics of Eritrea's slide into one-party despotism—top government officials and former liberation movement leaders—shortly before they disappeared into a secret Eritrean prison. Since then, none of them have been seen, heard from or accounted for.

  • Women to Women
    Young Americans in South Africa

    In 27 stirring articles, Simmons College students cover issues ranging from how South African women fare today in the arts, politics and business to how they cope with and combat HIV/AIDS, homelessness, and rising domestic violence.

  • Old Wrongs, New Rights
    Student Views of the New South Africa

    Old Wrongs, New Rights offers a series of candid close-ups of South Africa's invigorating but unfinished journey from apartheid to democracy penned by students from Simmons College.

  • This edition spans several millennia, but the main focus is the formation of the modern nation-state under a succession of colonial powers, its 30-year war for independence, and its emergence as a new country in the 1990s.