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The Power of Nonviolence, by Howard Zinn

By an everyday book reader
March 1, 2007

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.

The Power of Nonviolence: Writings by Advocates of Peace
edited by Howard ZinnBook Picture

Softcover: 202 pages
ISBN: 9780807014073, 0807014079
Beacon Press
September 2002

This is a stirring anthology of writings about peace and nonviolence from Buddha to Arundhati Roy.

With an introduction by Howard Zinn about September 11th 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.

Howard Zinn is a teacher, historian, and social activist, and the author of many books, including the best-selling A People's History of the United States.

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