Power of Nonviolence Writings by Advocates of Peace

ISBN-10: 0807014079

ISBN-13: 9780807014073

Edition: 2002

Authors: Howard Zinn

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A stirring anthology of writings about peace and nonviolence from Buddha to Arundhati Roy As you read this, America is at war. President Bush declared a "war on terrorism" and 90 percent of the American people believed he was doing the right thing. But is there another way? From Buddha in the pre-Christian era to the most recent declaration of peace principles by Nobel laureates, nonviolence has always been an alternative. With an introduction by Howard Zinn about September 11 and the U.S. response to the terrorist attacks, The Power of Nonviolence presents the most salient and persuasive arguments for peace in the last 2,500 years of human history. Included are some of the most original thinkers and writings about peace and nonviolence-Buddha, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience," Jane Addams, William Penn on "the end of war," Dorothy Day's position on "Pacifism," Erich Fromm, and Rajendra Prasad. Supplementing the classic voices are more recent advocates' arguments for peace: Albert Camus' "Neither Victims Nor Executioners," A. J. Muste's impressive "Getting Rid of War," Martin Luther King's influential "Declaration of Independence from the War in Viet Nam," and Arundhati Roy's "War Is Peace," plus many others. Arranged chronologically, covering the major conflagrations of the world in the last hundred years, including the war in Afghanistan, The Power of Nonviolence is a compelling step forward in the study of pacifism, a timely anthology that fills a void for people looking for responses to crisis that are not based on guns or bombs.
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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 9/12/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Howard Zinn grew up in the immigrant slums of Brooklyn, where he worked in shipyards in his late teens. He saw combat duty as an air force bombardier in World War II, and afterward received his doctorate in history from Columbia University. His first book, "La Guardia in Congress", was an Albert Berveridge Prize winner. In 1956, he moved with his wife and children to Atlanta to become chairman of the history department of Spelman College. He has since written and edited many more books, including A People's History of the United States, SNCC: The New Abolitionist; Disobedience and Democracy; The Politics of History; The Pentagon Papers: Critical Essays; You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times; and The Zinn Reader (Seven Stories Press, 1997). The Spanish-language edition of A People's History of the United States, La otra historia de los Estados Unidos, is due to be released later this year by Seven Stories Press under its Spanish-language imprint, Siete Cuentos Editorial. Zinn is also the author of three plays, Emma, Daughter of Venus, and Marx in Soho. Among the many honors Zinn has received, the most recent is the 1998 Lannan Literary Award for nonfiction. A professor emeritus of political science at Boston University, he lives with his wife, Roslyn, in the Boston area, near their children and grandchildren.

Introduction: Retaliation
Pre-twentieth century
Let a Man Overcome Anger by Love (520 B.C.)
from "Essay Towards the Present and Future Peace of Europe" (1693)
from "War" (1885)
Civil Disobedience (1849)
The fin de siecle to the cold war (1900-1949)
from "Newer Ideals of Peace" (1907)
from The Trial of Scott Nearing and the American Socialist Society (1919)
My Faith in Nonviolence (1930)
Pacifism (1936)
Our Country Passes from Undeclared War to Declared War; We Continue Our Christian Pacifist Stand (1942)
from "Reflections on War" (1933)
Neither Victims nor Executioners (1946)
Are We Only Paying Lip Service to Peace? (1946)
The cold war and vietnam (1950-1975)
Getting Rid of War (1959)
The Case for Unilateral Disarmament (1960)
The Root of War Is Fear (1962)
The Way to Disarmament (1962)
Declaration of Independence from the War in Vietnam (1967)
Vietnam: The Moral Equation (1970)
Post-vietnam to the present (1975- )
Communities of Resistance: A Conversation (1975)
from The Fate of the Earth (1984)
The Immorality of War: A Conversation (1992)
The Dilemma of the Absolute Pacifist: A Conversation (1992)
War Is Peace (2001)
Who's Being Naive? War-Time Realism through the Looking Glass (2001)
International Appeal of Nobel Prize Laureates, Poets, Philosophers, Intellectuals and Human Rights Defenders for an Immediate End to the War against Afghanistan (2001)
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