Rising Up and Rising Down: Some Thoughts on Violence, Freedom and Urgent Means, William T. Vollmann
Complete and unabridged first edition set of Vollmann's wide-ranging study of the justifications for and consequences of violence. Representing over 20 years of work, Rising Up and Rising Down attempts to establish a moral calculus to consider the causes, effects, and ethics of violence. Much of it consists of Vollmann's own reporting from places wracked by violence, among them Cambodia, Somalia, and Iraq. This unabridged edition was only published in one limited run of 3,500 copies.
San Francisco: McSweeney's Books, 2003. All volumes are near fine or better. Bindings are sturdy and strong, faint rubbing and a minor bump to spine heel on volume 6. The original slipcase is, as is common, split, with the back panel detached. Includes 'The Old Man: A Case Study from Rising Up and Rising Down,' a chapbook issued in McSweeney's #7. An attractive set, increasingly scarce.