The Threat to Global Democracy and Why We Must Act, Now
The urgent, first book from global phenomenon Joshua Wong – leader of the Hong Kong protests, Nobel prize nominee and TIME, Forbes and Fortune world leader – who will tell us how he took on the biggest country in the world, and why we all have a stake in the global fight for democracy.
The Times and Observer Book of the Week
'Joshua Wong is a brave and inspiring young leader. Together we are one loud voice that cannot be silenced.' – Greta Thunberg
'One of the most prominent political activists in the world ... a powerful insight into the turbulence on the city's streets that made world headlines.' – Rana Mitter, Sunday Times
'If we want freedom, we need to learn from Hong Kong. With values, tactics, and courage, Joshua Wong shows us the way.' – Timothy Snyder, bestselling author of On Tyranny
Named by the Financial Times as one of the 50 people who shaped the decade
- Introduction by Ai Weiwei -
An urgent manifesto for global democracy from the leading 23-year-old Hong Kong activist - Nobel Peace Prize nominee and TIME, Forbes and Fortune world leader.
At what point do you stand up to power?
When he was 14, Joshua Wong made history. While the adults stayed silent, Joshua staged the first ever student protest in Hong Kong to oppose National Education – and won.
Since then, Joshua has led the Umbrella Movement, founded a political party, and rallied the international community around the anti-Extradition Bill protests, which have seen 2 million people – more than a quarter of the population – take to Hong Kong’s streets. His actions have sparked worldwide attention, earned him a Nobel Peace Prize nomination, and landed him in jail twice.
Composed in three parts, Unfree Speech chronicles Joshua’s path to activism, collects the letters he wrote as a political prisoner, and closes with a powerful and urgent call for all of us globally to defend our democratic values.
When we stay silent, no one is safe. When we free our speech, our voice becomes one.
“Joshua Wong is a brave and inspiring young leader. Together we are one loud voice that cannot be silenced.”
Greta Thunberg, climate change activist and bestselling author of No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference
“'Joshua Wong represents a new generation of rebel. All they require and demand is a single value: freedom.'”
“If we want freedom, we need to learn from Hong Kong. With values, tactics, and courage, Joshua Wong shows us the way.”
Timothy Snyder, historian and bestselling author of On Tyranny and The Road to Unfreedom
“One of the most prominent political activists in the world ... a powerful insight into the turbulence on the city's streets that made world headlines”
Rana Mitter, Sunday Times
“A call to arms for the Snapchat generation ... This book is a memoir of an extraordinary decade in which Wong went from a nerdy obsession with Marvel comics to a Netflix documentary in which he was characterised as a superhero for democracy.”
Tim Adams, The Observer (Book of the Week)