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Please see our page dedicated to the books of
the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

AVP: Alternatives to Violence Project, Manual, Basic Course
Alternatives to Violence Project: Education Committee:
Plainfield, VT: AVP Distribution Service, 2002
Available directly from AVP ($25.00)
The Alternatives to Violence Project is a multi-cultural volunteer organization that is dedicated to reducing interpersonal violence in our society. AVP workshops present conflict management skills that empower people to lead nonviolent lives.
  

cover-image-enough-blood-shedEnough Blood Shed: 101 Solutions to Violence, Terror and War
Ashford, Mary-Wynne with Dauncey, Guy
CANADA: New Society Publishers, 2006
ISBN-13: 9780865715271
The first part of this book describes the culture of violence that has led the world to the precipice of hopelessness, and then points to signs of hope that a different future is possible. It outlines the steps being made to build a culture of peace, including the power of the conscience of society. Part Two then focuses on the solutions that are possible for all sectors. 
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cover-image-boardman-taking-a-stand-150pxwTaking A Stand: A Guide to Peace Teams and Accompaniment Projects
Boardman, Elizabeth
Santa Cruz, CA: New Society Publishers, 2005
ISBN-10: 0865715262
Putting your body in the way of violence is a dramatic way of taking a stand. The author describes the work done by peace teams and accompaniment projects — who runs them, what is involved in joining, the social and emotional challenges and rewards from such experience, how to get information, the people currently participating, and what to expect in terms of fear and exhilaration, resistance and support.
 
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ENGAGE: Exploring Nonviolent Living
Butigan, Ken, Laura Slattery, Veronica Pelicaric and Ken Preston-Pile
Oakland, CA: Pace e Bene Franciscan Nonviolence Center, 2005
ISBN-10: 0966978315
A study program for learning, practicing, and experimenting with the power of creative nonviolence to transform our lives and our world.
 

From Violence to Wholeness
Butigan, Ken
Bruno, Patricia, O.P. (collaborator)
Oakland, CA: Pace e Bene Franciscan Nonviolence Center, 1997
ISBN-13: 9780966978308
A ten part program in spirituality and practice of active nonviolence.
 

Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance
Chomsky, Noam
NY, NY: Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 2004
ISBN-13: 9780805076882
An irrefutable analysis of America's pursuit of total domination and the catastrophic consequences that are sure to follow. The United States is in the process of staking out not just the globe but the last unarmed spot in our neighborhood-the heavens-as a militarized sphere of influence.
  

Another Way: Positive Response to Contemporary Violence
Curle. Adam
Oxford: Jon Carpenter Publishing, 1995
ISBN-13: 9781897766224
Curle argues that much contemporary violence stems from alienation. Political processes alone cannot end it. Lasting peace requires "widespread changes of heart."[p. 5] Based largely on his experiences in the former Yugoslavia, Curle offers a model approach to peacemaking in an era of alienation.
 

Tools For Transformation: A Personal Study (Conflict & Peacebuilding)
Curle, Adam
United Kingdom: Hawthorn Press, 1996
ISBN-13: 9781869890216
Author shares the experience of a life’s work in mediation, development and education, and offers genuine avenues for constructive change. He also blends the influences of contemporary depth psychology, modern physics, Buddhism and Quaker practice.
  

A Persistent Peace: One Man’s Struggle for a Nonviolent World
Dear, John. SJ
Chicago: Loyola Press, 2008
ISBN-13: 9780829427202
Dear's autobiography invites readers to follow the decades-long journey and spiritual growth of this nationally known peace activist, and to witness his bold, decisive, often unpopular actions before government officials, military higher-ups, and even hostile representatives of the Church. John's activism has taken him to many places, including war zones, all over the world. His heroes include Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela.
 

 

The Peace Book: 108 Simple Ways to Create a More Peaceful World
Diamond, Louise
Berkeley, CA: Conari Press, 2001.
ISBN-13: 9781573247702
The Peace Book presents four basic principles that form the basis for a peace culture: Community, Cooperation, Nonviolence, and Witness, and it offers 108 simple suggestions for turning these principles into practical action in everyday life. These suggestions range from inner peace to peace at home, at school, at work, in the community, and in the world. They also deal with special topics, such as nonviolence, diversity, social justice, reconciliation, the environment, and spirituality. Every chapter includes a list of resources including websites, making it a remarkable research guide.

 

  


Lightning East to West: Jesus, Gandhi, and the Nuclear Age
Douglass, James W.
Introduction by Shelley Mae Douglass
Portland, OR: Sunburst Press, 1980
ISBN-13: 978-0824505875
We live in that final time which offers humans the clearest choice in history: the kingdom or the holocaust," Jim Douglass writes. "Either end is a lightning east to west: the nuclear holocaust a lightning fire, the kingdom of Reality a lightning spirit. We will choose lightning east to west today as either nuclear fire or the kingdom of God, as either despair and annihilation or transformation through nonviolence. If we look to Jesus and Gandhi, and what they point to, we can hope to choose the lightning fire of nonviolence."
  

Resistance and Contemplation: The Way of Liberation
Douglass, James W.
Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers (April 2006)
ISBN-13: 9781597526098
Douglass urges readers to join him on the path to inner liberation and nonviolent resistance to the social evils of our time: war, racism, poverty and exploitation.
  

From War to Peace
Guinard, Caroline
Foreward by Dr. Oscar Arias, Former President of Costa Rica and 1987 Nobel Peace Laureate
Bangkok: Nonviolence International, 2002
ISBN: 929500602-X
Lessons learned from achievements and failures in peace agreements over the past decade: a strategy for peace process optimization
 

Martin Luther King: The Inconvenient Hero
Harding, Vincent
Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2008
ISBN-13: 9781570757365 (pbk.)
Harding writes passionately of King’s later years, when his message and witness became more radical and challenging to the status quo at every level. The widening of King’s message and tactics reflected an expansion of his critique of American injustice and his solidarity with the oppressed.
  

Hope and history: why we must share the story of the movement
Harding, Vincent
Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, c1990.
ISBN-10: 0883446642 (pbk.)
An impassioned call to the clergy, community activists, and educators to remember and keep alive the storyof the black-led freedom movement.
  

On Strategic Nonviolent Conflict: Thinking About the Fundamentals
Helvey, Robert L.
East Boston, MA: The Albert Einstein Institution, 2004
ISBN-10: 1880813149
Study probes how to build a strategy for nonviolent struggle, including ways to identify a movement’s objectives, preparing a strategic estimate for a nonviolent struggle, and operational planning considerations. It also contains insights on the similarities between military and nonviolent strategy. Additionally, it covers psychological operations and propaganda, contaminants that may affect the efficiency of a nonviolent movement, and providing consultations and training for members of movements and organizations.
 

Compassionate Listening, and other writings
Hoffman, Gene Knudsen
Torrance, CA: Friends Bulletin, c.2003
ISBN-10: 0970041012
Deeply versed in psychology and spirituality as well as social activism, Gene Knudsen Hoffman provides an alternative to our nation's compulsive cult of violence. In this book she insists that the key to overcoming terrorism is through deep listening to another's pain and inner conflict. "An enemy is one whose story we have not heard."  Selected essays are available in a free PDF document.


Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community
King, Martin Luther, Jr.
Boston, MA: Beacon Press (1968)
ISBN-13: 9780807005712
According to Dr. King, the simplest solution to poverty will prove to be the most effective — to abolish it directly by the guaranteed income.
  

Strength to Love
King, Martin Luther, Jr.
Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress Publishers (May 1981)
ISBN-13: 9780800614416
A book of sermons on God's divine laws as mirrored in the gospel, by Martin Luther King, the man who has been called "the American Gandhi".
 

Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Conflict
Klare, Michael T.
NY, NY: Henry Holt and Company, LLC: 2001
ISBN-13: 9780805055764
Klare identifies provocations in increasing worldwide demand for oil and clean water, which are driven by economic and population growth. He discusses power struggles in contested areas like Africa and Asia over petroleum, water, gems, and timber, and where oil and water are he notes marked increases in military activity. This is a much needed summary of current-affairs.
  

All Men are Brothers: Life and Thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi as told in his own words
Kripalani, Krishna, Editor
ME, Greenleaf Books, June 1982
ISBN-13: 9789998224711
Includes selections from Gandhi's writings and speeches which express his thoughts, beliefs, and techniques.
  

Preparing for Peace: Conflict Transformation Across Cultures
Lederach, John Paul
Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1995
ISBN-10: 0815627254
Innovative and comprehensive guide for training and working across cultures, and in resolution activities through development, relief, and non-governmental agencies.
  

The New Testament Basis of Pacifism 
Macgregor, G.H.C. (George Hogarth Carnaby)
London : Fellowship of Reconciliation, 1953.
ISBN-10: B0006YNQA6
Out of print, but available from used booksellers.
  

Proactive Presence: Field strategies for Civilian Protection
Mahony, Liam
Geneva: Henry Dunant Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, 2006
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Manual that suggests several ways in which unarmed international field missions can use their presence to ensure more effective protection to civilians whose rights and livelihoods are threatened.
  

UNARMED BODYGUARDS: International Accompaniment for the Protection of Human Rights
Mahony, Liam and
Eguren, Luis Enrique
West Hartford, CT: Kumarian Press, 1997
For years international accompaniment has been successful in protecting threatened human rights activists throughout the world. The authors focus on international examples including early events in Guatemala and the role of Peace Brigades International. By including comparative examples in recent years, they tell a truly inspirational story of the modern establishment of human rights protection.
  

War Prevention Works: 50 stories of people resolving conflict
Mathews, Dylan
Oxford, England: Oxford Research Group, 2001
ISBN-13: 9780951136164
Includes 50 case histories of conflicts or potential conflicts — primarily from the 1990s — that have been successfully resolved through non-violence. The purpose of the research is to raise awareness of the extraordinary cost-effectiveness of those working non-violently at the front line of conflict.
 

Relentless Persistence: Nonviolent Action in Latin America
McManus, Philip, editor
Schlabach, Gerald, editor
Santa Cruz, CA: New Society Publishers, 2001
ISBN: 00865711828
Despite brutal repression and disparities of wealth, Latin America is alive with struggles for human rights, community organization and political participation. This gives us inspiring examples of human creativity and commitment, explores the relationship between faith and politics, and demonstrates the dynamic integration of reflection, strategy and action that can lead to liberation.
  

Nonviolent Intervention Across Borders: A Recurrent Vision
Moser-Puangsuwan, Yeshua, editor
Weber, Thomas, editor
Honolulu: University of Hawaii: Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace, 2000
ISBN-13: 9781880309117
There is a long history of nonviolent cross-border interventions in situations of conflict. This history constitutes a rich source of practical experience, including examples of actions which have been undertaken by activists rather than by humanitarian agencies. The lessons provided by these interventions are detailed.
  

Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements
Moyer, Bill (with JoAnn McAllister, Mary Lou Finley, and Steve Soifer)
Santa Cruz, CA: New Society Publishers, 2001
ISBN: 00865714185
Apparent ups and downs of social movement fortunes follow a pattern that can be used to plan and carry out more effective social action. Authors present a lucid model of the eight stages through which social movements typically evolve and outline the four roles that activities play in fostering social change.
 

Is There No Other Way? The Search for a Nonviolent Future
Nagler, Michael N.
Berkeley: Berkeley Hills Books, 2001
ISBN-13: 9781893163164
Drawing from the experiences of such figures as Mahatma Gandhi, Michael Nagler describes both the laws of nonviolence and the nonviolent actions of ordinary people, with analyses of events like the Columbine High School shootings.
  

Hope or Terror? Gandhi and the other 9/11
Nagler, Michael N.
Minneapolis, MN: Great River Nonviolent Communication: 2006
ISBN-13: 9781594512667
A century ago, on September 11th, 1906, Mahatma Gandhi launched a new way of waging conflict that many believe can lead humanity from the mire of hatred into the clear land of peace. The two 9/11s of 2001 and 1906, seem like signposts for two paths that can be taken by the human race. Our grief should not open into the pit of despair. This 44 pg. booklet tells the story of the older and more helpful 9/11: the story of Satyagraha.
  

Being Peace
Nhat Hanh, Thich
Berkeley: Parallax Press, 1987
ISBN-13: 9780938077008
The classic introduction to Zen Master and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh's most important teachings, and an eloquent meditation on "being peace in order to make peace". It is filled with practical suggestions on how to create a more peaceful world "right in the moment we are alive," and is the perfect introduction to Buddhism.
 

Prevention and Management of Violent Conflicts: An International Directory
PIOOM and the Berghof Research Institute for Constructive Conflict Management, Editors
The Netherlands: European Platform for Conflict Prevention and Transformation, 1998
ISBN: Unknown
The book contains several Thematic Essays, including: Frequently Asked Questions about Conflicts and Ways to Prevent Them; Exploring the Local Capacity for Peace – The Role of NGOs; Towards a Hippocratic Oath of Conflict Management; Contemporary Armed Conflicts – Trends and Event, and a Directory of Organizations with a List of Relevant Web Sites.
  

Nonviolent Struggle: 50 Crucial Points
Popovic, Srdja, and
Milivojevic, Andrej, and
Djinovic, Slobodan
Belgrade, Centre for Applied NonViolent Action and Strategies, 2007
ISBN-10:0253217822
A field guide for waging a strategic nonviolent struggle; it offers a rich and diverse array of practical information that nonviolent activists need to know. Answers key questions, that range from techniques of daily management to strategic planning, for front-line practitioners who work in non-democratic, and sometimes violent environments, and those who work in established democracies. Based on struggles in Serbia and Georgia, the Ukraine, Belarus, Zimbabwe and other countries.
 

September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows: Turning Our Grief into Action for Peace
Potorti, David
New York, NY: RDV Books, 2003
New York. NY: Akashic Books, 2003
ISBN-10: 0971920648
September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows is a nonprofit group of family members of 9/11 victims dedicated to finding alternatives to war as a response to their personal and national tragedies. This recounts the first year and a half of their efforts.
  

The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence and the Will of the People
Schell, Jonathan
New York: Henry Holt and Co, LLC: Owl Books, 2003
ISBN-13: 9780805044577
Tracing the relentless expansion of violence to its culmination in nuclear stalemate, Schell uncovers a history of nonviolent action at every level of political life. His study discovers seeds of nonviolence even in the bloody revolutions of America, France, and Russia, as well as in the people’s wars of China and Vietnam. His investigations into the great nonviolent events of modern times suggest foundations of an entirely new kind on which to construct an enduring peace.
   

The Little Book of Strategic Peacebuilding
Schirch, Lisa
Intercourse, PA, Good Books, 2004
ISBN: 156148427-X
Schirch sets forth paths to a more peaceful world through four critical actions: (1) waging conflict nonviolently; (2) reducing direct violence; (3) transforming relationships; and (4) building capacity. She encourages many approaches to peace.
  

Waging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice and 21st Century Potential
Sharp, Gene
Porter Sargent Publishers: Extending Horizons Books, 2005
ISBN-13: 9780875581613
This builds on 50 years of Gene Sharp’s definitive academic research and practical experience aiding nonviolent struggles around the world. Recently, advocates have applied these methods and strategies with great success in Serbia and Ukraine. In his most recent work, Dr. Sharp shows how to strategically plan nonviolent struggle and make it more effective. 
  

Battlefield without Borders: Iraq Poems

Smith-Ferri, David

Foreward by Kelly, Kathy

Athol, MA: Haley’s, c2003

ISBN-13: 9781884540805 (pbk.)

These poems focus on the insidious forces of war that often cause people to shrink in fear. Smith-Ferri appeals to us to overcome fear, and offer trust and friendship.

 


GLOBALIZE LIBERATION: How to Uproot the System and Build a Better World
Solznit, David, Editor
San Francisco: City Lights Books, 2004
ISBN: 0872864200
33 essays weave together the experiences and insights of community organizers, direct action movements and global justice struggles from North America, Europe, and Latin America. Practical tools for everyone to use.
 

People Power: Fifty Peacemakers and Their Communities
True, Michael
Jaipur : Rawat Pub., 2007.
ISBN-10: 8131600874
A collection of portraits which focuses on the lives and communities of men and women central to non-violent movements for social change from the 18th Century to the present. Their country is the world; their compatriots are all humankind.
 

Practicing Peace: A devotional walk through the Quaker Tradition
Whitmire, Catherine
Notre Dame, Indiana: Sorin Books, 2007
ISBN-13: 9781933495071
Whitmire introduces the Quaker tradition of peacemaking and applies it to everyday situations. From practicing peace at home to actively pursing nonviolence in the world, she affirms that peace is practical, desirable, and attainable for spiritual seekers of all religious traditions.
  

PEOPLE BUILDING PEACE II: Successful Stories of Civil Society
Van Tongeren, Paul, editor
Brenk, Malin, editor
Hellema, Marte, Editor
Verhoeven, Juliette, editor
Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc: 2005
ISBN-10: 1588263835
60 stories of civil society successes which document and highlight the important role civil society is playing in preventing and resolving conflict around the globe. It shows that people on the ground, ranging from women, youth and faith-based organizations to artists and media, can make and already have made a positive difference in many conflict areas.
  

Clouds of Witnesses
Wallis, Jim, co-editor
Hollyday, Joyce, co-editor
Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, c1991
Washington DC,: Sojourners magazine,
ISBN-10: 0883447398 (pbk.)
Introduces a company of modern witnesses–saints, peacemakers, and martyrs– who have embodied the gospel challenge in our time: from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, martyr to the Nazis; to Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk and prophet of peace; to Martin Luther King, Jr. and many others from around the world. 
 

 

 

DISSENT: Voices of Conscience: Government Insiders Speak Out Against the War in Iraq
Wright, Colonel (ret.) Ann and
Dixon, Susan
Forward by Daniel Ellsberg
Kihei, Hawaii, Koa Books, 2008
ISBN-13: 978-0977333844
During the run-up to war in Iraq, Army Colonel (Ret.) and diplomat Ann Wright resigned her State Department post in protest. Wright, who had spent 19 years in the military and 16 years in diplomatic service, was one among dozens of government insiders and active-duty military personnel who spoke out, resigned, leaked documents, or refused to deploy in protest of government actions they felt were illegal. These are their stories.
  

 

 

 


A Power Governments Cannot Suppress
Zinn, Howard
San Francisco: City Lights Books, 2007
ISBN-13: 9780872864757
Zinn's major collection of essays on American history, class, immigration, justice, and ordinary citizens who have made a difference.
 

 


Nonviolent Social Movements: A Geographical Perspective
Zunes, Stephen, Editor
Kurtz,. Lester R., Editor
Asher, Sarah Beth, Editor
Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers Inc., 1999
ISBN-13: 9781577180760
A global overview of the dramatic growth of popular nonviolent struggles from the civil rights movement in the United States, to the “People Power” movement in the Philippines, and the pro-democracy movements in Asia, Latin America and Europe, which have all emerged as a key element of political change. This volume provides an understanding of the extent to which organized nonviolent action can be used to replace violent struggle and the conditions under which it can succeed.
 
 

 


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