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Books by Colman McCarthy

bookcoverI'd Rather Teach Peace by Colman McCarthy

In 1982, Colman McCarthy was invited to teach a course on writing at a public high school in a poverty-stricken area of Washington D.C. But rather than teach about writing, he responded "I'd rather teach peace." This simple declaration has led him to teach more than 5,000 students about the principles of nonviolence, pacifism and conflict management, using the curriculum presented on this Web site.

bookcoverAll of One Peace by Colman McCarthy

A collection of Colman McCarthy's columns syndicated by the Washington Post.

Essay Collections

bookcoverThe Power of Nonviolence: Writings by Advocates of Peace
by Howard Zinn

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.

bookcoverPeace Is the Way: Writings on Nonviolence from the Fellowship of Reconciliation
by Walter Wink (Editor)

Compiled by Walter Wink, these selections come from the Fellowship of Reconciliation's magazine Fellowship. The articles were written by the greatest peacemakers of our times. Sixty essays cover theory, practice and spirituality of nonviolence. They also describe racial justice struggle and reconciliation.

Peace History

bookcoverA Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict
by Peter Ackerman, Jack Duval

A companion book to the PBS series, the book explores the use of nonviolent action to achieve social change in the twentieth century. The first part, "Movement to Power," covers pre-Revolutionary Russia, colonial India, and the Solidarity movement in Poland. Part 2, "Resistance to Terror," describes German opposition to the 1923 Ruhrkampf and Danish resistance to the Nazi invasion, as well as Latin American resistance efforts in El Salvador, Argentina, and Chile. Part 3, "Campaigns for Rights," addresses the civil rights movement in the U.S and the campaign against apartheid in South Africa, restoration of democracy in the Philippines, the Palestinian intifada, and a range of actions in China, Eastern Europe, and Mongolia. Finally, "Violence and Power" considers the theoretical questions that nonviolence raises and briefly discusses recent or current conflicts in such places as Sri Lanka, the Basques, Northern Ireland, Burma, Serbia, and Kosovo.

bookcoverCultures of Peace: The Hidden Side of History
by Elise Boulding

The first section is an historical overview of peace cultures, dealing with historians' preoccupation with war and violence and looking at the history of utopian societies and the human longing for utopia. In the second section Elise Boulding focuses on the "contemporary peace cultures in action." Her examination of peace cultures and behaviors includes traditional peace cultures as well as families, schools and communities. In the third section the author examines "what structures support violence and how these can be transformed into cultures of peace."

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