Cuba 1964: When the Revolution Was Young In 1964 Deena Stryker traveled to Cuba to interview the original "Twelve" leaders of the Revolution. The members of the government, including Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, Che Guevara and Celia Sanchez, spoke to her informally, occasionally talking about each other. They shared the original intentions of the Revolution and the changes they planned for Cuba. The photographs are now part of a collection at Duke University. Stryker returned to Cuba in 2011, taking the color pictures in the Epilogue. Search Inside the Book and Buy now at Amazon.com
Lunch with Fellini, Dinner with Fidel A Personal and Political Journey from the Cold War to the Arab Spring. Highlights include being Fellini's press officer during the shooting of the film 8 1/2, informal conversations with all the members of the Cuban revolutionary government including Fidel, Raul and Che; and five years behind the real Iron Curtain where I started a family. In the seventies, graduate work in Global Survival and Future Studies at U Mass, being a speech writer in the Carter State Department, and a return to France where I wrote the only book to foresee the reunificaiton of Europe and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Returning to the U.S. in 2000 I explore the relationship between religion, the new physics and politics and continue to obsserve The BIg PIcture, as reflected in Otherjones. With 63 photographs from my personal archive. Search Inside the Book and Buy now at Amazon.com
A TAOIST POLITICS: The Case for Sacredness
(Revised edition of The Case for Sacredness: A Transformation from Linear to Circular Thinking.
Ten years in the writing, this book draws on the work of scientists and others to show that religion is not necessary for serenity. It outlines an alternative approach to dealing with the Islamic challenge to modernity within a context of sustainable development.
It hopes to change the way both seekers and skeptics look at spirituality - and at the daunting problems of the 21st century. Revealing the commonalities between modern physics, biology and ancient wisdom, it shows that we are part of the order/disorder dyad that constitutes the world. "God" is another word for order/disorder, therefore religious belief is not useful in dealing with that ubiquitous phenomenon. Awareness that the sacredness of every type of life is the only absolute can provide the serenity we do not find in religion.