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PEACE BOOKLISTS

- NEW AND RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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New and recent publications

This list highlights items which have been published, re-published, re-issued, or which have become newly available, within the last two or three years. Titles shown here are also generally included in the relevant topic list.

[NOTE for visitors to the shop: Because of the large number of books currently being published in connection with the centenary of the First World War, books on this topic - including recent ones listed here - are at present all shelved in one "First World War" section in the shop, rather than the latest publications being in the "New books" section.]

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Weapon of the Strong: Conversations on US State Terrorism

Cihan Aksan and Jon Bailes

(Pluto Press, London, 2013)

pbk £14.99

A wide range of compelling topics expertly explored by leading academics, including Noam Chomsky.

What Kind of Liberation? - Women and the occupation of Iraq Nadje Al-Ali & Nicola Pratt Housmans Bookshop

What Kind of Liberation? - Women and the occupation of Iraq

Nadje Al-Ali & Nicola Pratt

(University of California Press, USA, 2009)

hbk £17.95

Speaks through an array of Iraqi voices; includes a foreword by Cynthia Enloe.

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Cunning Plans: Tommy Atkins' hidden tactics to avoid combat on the Western Front in WW1- or Why "Blackadder Goes Forth" could have been a lot funnier (and more subversive)

Roger Ball

(Psast Tense' London, 2015)

pmphlt £2.50

Beginning to lift the lid on the hidden resistance.

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Drone Warfare - Killing by Remote Control

Medea Benjamin

(Verso, London, 2013)

pbk £9.99

A comprehensive analysis of one of the fastest-growing and most secretive aspects of global militarisation, this book - by a leading member of the US feminist anti-militarist organisation Codepink - is an updated version of the 2012 US original.

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Wounding the World: How Military Violence and War-Play Invade our Lives

Joanna Bourke

(Virago, London, 2014)

hbk £14.50 (reduced from £20.00)

Looks at the bluring of entertainment and violence as "militainment", and how military practices, language and symbols invade our everyday lives.

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Wounding the World: How Military Violence and War-Play Invade our Lives

Joanna Bourke

(Virago, London, 2015)

pbk £12.99

Looks at the bluring of entertainment and violence as "militainment", and how military practices, language and symbols invade our everyday lives.

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Fleeing from the Fuhrer - A Postal History of Refugees from the Nazis

Charmian Brinson & William Kaczynski

(The History Press, Stroud, 2015)

pbk £14.99

Correspondence which shows the incredible nature of this worldwide emigration and the indomitable spirit of these refugees.

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Keeper of the Nuclear Conscience: The Life and Work of Joseph Rotblat

Andrew Brown

(OUP, Oxford, 2012)

hbk £18.99

Repelled by the idea that science had been harnessed to develop weapons of mass destruction, Joseph Rotblat spent many years promoting social responsibility within science, including by establishing the influential Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.

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A Tommy's Sketchbook: Writings and Drawings from the Trenches

Henry Buckle

(The History Press, Stroud, 2012)

pbk £9.99

The Western Front of the First World War as one man saw it.

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We Kill Because We Can - From Soldiering to Assassination in the Drone Age

Laurie Calhoun

(Zed Books, London, 2015)

hbk £16.99

Dissecting the moral, psychological and cultural impact of remote-control killing. Can a drone operator be likened to a mafia hitman?

A Guide to Civil Resistance

A Guide to Civil Resistance: A Bibliography of People Power and Nonviolent Protest - Volume One

(Eds) April Carter, Howard Clark and Michael Randle

(Green Print, 2013)

pbk £10.00

An annotated bibliography of almost 1000 references, covering the theory and practice of nonviolent resistance. It is a substantially revised and expanded versiion of (part of) People Power and Protest Since 1945 - A Bibliography of Nonviolent Action, by the same editors, which was published by Housmans in 2006.

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Drone Theory

Gregoire Chamayou

(Penguin Books, London, 2015)

pbk £6.99

This book is a vigorous polemic against the use of robot warfare around the world; it draws on philosophical debate, moral lessons from Greek mythology, and transcripts of conversations between drone operators, and re-evaluates the socio-political impact of drone warfare.

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Why Civil Resistance Works - The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict

Erica Chenoweth & Maria J Stephan

(Columbia University Press, New York, USA, 2013)

pbk £14.99

Combining statistical analysis with case studies of specific countries, the authors detail the factors enabling nonviolent struggles to succeed - or to fail. They conclude that the successful use of nonviolent resistance leads to more durable democracies, which are also less likely to regress into civil war.

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How to Survive an Atomic Attack: A Cold War Manual

(Ed) John Christopher

(Amberley, Stroud, 2014)

pbk £9.99

This compilation - which will be startling to many who never lived through the height of the Cold War era - includes reprints of various of the official US advice booklets issued in the 1950s and 1960s. Of course, as with the equivalent British publications, the stark warnings of what "survivial" might mean had the effect of encouraging many people to oppose their government's reliance on the idea of Mutually Assured Destruction.

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Making Nonviolent Revolution

Howard Clark

(Peace News, London, 2012)

pbk £3.00

A reprint, with afterword, of the classic Peace News supplement from 1978.

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Kill Chain - Drones and the Rise of High-Tech Assassins

Andrew Cockburn

(Verso, London, 2015)

hbk £20.00

An essential history of drone warfare, revealing the powerful interests which turned the Pentagon towards remote control killing.

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Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral and Geopolitical Issues

(Ed) Marjorie Cohn

(Olive Branch Press, Northampton, Mass, USA, 2015)

pbk £15.99

Expert analysis, including documentation of civilian casualities by leading campaigns in the field, details of legal cases, and a look at the domestic use of drones.

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Can War be Eliminated?

Christopher Coker

(Polity Press, Cambridge, 2014)

pbk £9.99

A philosopher of war looks at the embeddedeness of war in our cultures. He suggests there is an inconvenient truth that we will not see the end of war until is exhausts its own evolutionary possibilities.

Convenient Killing - Armed Drones and the "Playstation" Mentality Chris Cole, Mary Dobbing and Amy Hailwood Housmans Bookshop

Convenient Killing - Armed Drones and the "Playstation" Mentality

Chris Cole, Mary Dobbing and Amy Hailwood

(Fellowshiip of Reconciliation, Oxford, 2010)

pbk £3.00

The report whch helped to launch a new campaign against armed drones.

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Nagasaki - The Massacre of the Innocent and Unknowing

Craig Collie

(Portobello Books, London, 2011)

pbk £20.00

A treatise on a very well-documented historical event, but written in a gripping style more like a thriller.

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Ireland's Guantanamo Granny

Margaretta D'Arcy

(Women's Pirate Press, Galway, Ireland, 2015)

pbk £10.00

What's a peace-loving granny to do when she finds that her supposedly neutral state is being used by the US to aid their wars and torture? This is a first-hand account of her struggle to open a debate about the misuse of Shannon Airport.

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Active Nonviolence Across the World

Richard Deats

(Fellowship of Reconciliation, Oxford, 2010)

pmphlt £3.50

Highlights of four decades of the history of nonviolent struggle.

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Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns

(Ed) Andrew Dey

(War Resisters' International, London, 2014)
pbk £6.99

The new second edition of a publication already translated into a dozen other languages.

 

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A Saving Remnant: The Radical Lives of Barbara Deming and David McReynolds

Martin Duberman

(The New Press, New York, USA, 2011)

pbk £14.99

A fascinating study of two key figures in the radical life of the USA - both of whom were influential in many fields, including civil rights, nonviolence and gay rights. On some of these issues they worked together, on others they disagreed.

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The Spirit of the Quakers

(Ed) Geoffrey Durham

(Yale University Press, USA, 2010)

pbk £9.99

An anthology sharing many facets of Quaker beliefs, by means of both historical and recent writings.

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Nuclear Power and Nuclear Weapons - The Dangerous Dynamic of Nuclear Revival

(East Midlands CND, 2008)

pmphlt £0.50

This slight pamphlet provides an excellent, concise round-up of reasons to oppose the government's plan to restart the development of nuclear power generation in Britain and looks at the links with its plans for a new generation of nuclear weapons.

Aftermath: The Omagh Bombing and the Families' Pursuit of Justice Ruth Dudley Edwards Housmans Bookshop

Aftermath: The Omagh Bombing and the Families' Pursuit of Justice

Ruth Dudley Edwards

(Vintage Books, London, 2010)

pbk £8.99

This book puts everything and everyone associated with the August 1998 Omagh Bombing on the record and in context, telling the story of how the relatives of those killed held their killers to account.

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Sowing Seeds: The Militarisation of Youth and How to Counteract it

(Ed) Owen Everett

(War Resisters' International, London, 2013)

pbk £5.00

Around the world, children and young adults encounter the military and military values in a variety of ways. Through articles, images, surveys and interviews, this collection documents how the seeds of war are planted in young minds in various countries, and also explores the seeds of resistance.

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No Glory - The Real History of the First World War

Neil Faulkner

(Stop the War Coalition, London, 2013)

pmphlt £4.00

A useful radical take on the political background to the First World War - but with little more than a mention of the peace organisations opposing the war, let alone the conscientious objectors who actively resisted it.

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The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade

Andrew Feinstein

(Penguin Books, London, 2012)

pbk £9.99

In this authoritative guide to the business of war, the author - formerly an ANC MP in South Africa - pulls back the curtain on the secretive world of the arms trade, and the dirty dealing which is inherent in it. Includes new Afterword.

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Piecing it Together: Feminism & Nonviolence

(Feminism and Nonviolence Study Group, Buckleigh, Devon, 1983)

pbk £4.50

Still a classic. Housmans has now found some brand-new copies of this essential then, and valuable now, introduction to this topic.

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From Pacification to Peacebuilding - A Call to Global Transformation

Diana Francis

(Pluto Press, London, 2010)

pbk £17.99

Drawing on the traditions of nonviolence and pacifism, and interpreting them in the light of new situations and experience, the author shows why we must break with the sterile ineffectuality of top-down approaches.

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What Gandhi Says - About Violence, Resistance and Courage

Norman G Finkelstein

(OR Books, London, 2012)

pbk £6.00

The author gets behind Gandhi the inspiration, and looks at what he actually wrote about nonviolence and resistance - and at the resonance of Gandhi's ideas during recent struggles.

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Anne Frank - The Definitive Edition

(Eds) Otto H Frank and Mirjam Pressler

(Penguin Books, London, 2012)

pbk £8.99

This is a slightly updated edition of the standard work originally published in 1995, including the full text of the famous diaries.

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The Human Potential for Peace - An Anthropological Challenge to Assumptions about War and Violence

Douglas P Fry

(Oxford University Press, New York, USA, 2006)

pbk £30.00

Challenging the view that humans are by nature warlike, the author argues that cultural beliefs asserting the inevitability of violence can bias our interpretations and could blind us to the possibility of achieving security without war.

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Long Time Passing: Mothers Speak about War and Terror

Susan Galleymore

(Pluto Press, London, 2009)

hbk £16.99

The author is the mother of a US soldier who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, who visited her son on an Iraqi military base.

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Holding Faith - Creating Peace in a Violent World

David Gee

(Quaker Books, London, 2011)

pbk £8.00

The writer looks at what a commitment to peace might mean in a violent world; he argues for a "practical faith" that empowers our humanity.

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Counter Power - Making Change Happen

Tim Gee

(New Internationalist, Oxford, 2011)

pbk £9.99

An insightful survey of struggles (not exclusively nonviolent ones) through the years, and how - and why - our struggles must continue. The book addresses ends and means, and the way that nonviolent struggle produces results more consistent with its aims. The author demonstrates powerfully that campaigning does make a difference.

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The Glorious Art of Peace - From the Iliad to Iraq

John Gittings

(OUP, Oxford, 2012)

hbk £18.99

This study demolishes the myth that peace is dull and that war is "in our genes"; it opens an alternative window on history. The author urges us to pay more attention to, for example, Erasmus on the Art of Peace rather than Machiavelli on the "Art of War".

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Soldier Box - Why I Won't Return to the War on Terror

Joe Glenton

(Verso, London, 2013)

pbk £12.99

After a deployment to Afghanistan, what he had seen left the author disillusioned; he refused a second tour and left Britain. He returned to fight charges of desertion, and continued to speak out.

We Will Not Go to War - conscientious objection during the world wars Felicity Goodall Housmans Bookshop

We Will Not Go to War - conscientious objection during the world wars

Felicity Goodall

(History Press, Stroud, 2010)

pbk £9.99

The struggles, motivations and stories of Britons who were widely viewed as outcasts.

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Girls in Khaki: A History of the ATS in the Second World War

Barbara Green

(The History Press, Stroud, 2012)

pbk £12.99

The story in their own words.

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A Thorn in Their Side

Robert Green with Kate Dewes

(John Blake Publishing, London, 2013)

pbk £7.99

The story of Hilda Murrell, an elderly anti-nuclear campaigner (and aunt of a naval Commander on a nuclear weapons submarine at the time of the Falklands War) who was murdered in mysterious circumstances in 1984.

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Children Don't Start Wars

David Gribble

(Peace News, London, 2010)

pbk £9.00

The author, having spent a lifetime in teaching, sets out how children are taught to suppress their natural altruism, and don't need to beeducated to be "good".

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The Nobel Peace Prize - What Nobel Really Wanted

Fredrik S Heffermehl

(Praeger, Santa Barbara, California, USA, 2010)

hbk £19.95

A Norwegian lawyer and peace campaigner reveals the workings of the Norwegian Nobel Committee and shows how so many of their Peace Prize awards have been out of kilter with Nobel's own wishes - in fact nine out of the last ten awards have been illegal.

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A Short History of Nuclear Folly - Mad Scientists, Dithering Nazis, Lost Nukes, and Catastrophic Cover-ups

Rudolph Herzog

(Melville House, New York, 2013)

hbk £18.99

A sardonic people's history, covering some of the lesser-known horror stories, and near-horror stories, of the nuclear age. Well researched, and illuminating even for long-time anti-nuclear campaigners.

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Swimming Against the Tide: The Peace Pledge Union Story 1934-2009

William Hetherington

(Peace Pledge Union, London, 2009)

pmphlt £6.50

A short survey of the PPU's first 75 years - leaves you wanting more.

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Tig's Boys - Letters to Sir, from the Trenches

(Ed) David Hilliam

(The History Press, Stroud, 2011)

pbk £12.99

A collection of letters to their fomer headmaster from a group of boys from a school in Bournemouth, telling of their experiences in the First World War.

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To End All Wars: How the First World War Divided Britain

Adam Hochschild

(Pan Macmillan, London, 2012)

pbk £9.99

An in-depth narrative telling of the many people in Britain - not only pacifists - opposing the First World War. "Written like a novel; I couldn't put it down."

Securing our Survival (SOS) The Case for a Nuclear Weapons Convention International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War Housmans Bookshop

Securing our Survival (SOS) - The Case for a Nuclear Weapons Convention

(International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, 2007)

pbk £8.50

The definitive handbook of the international network for a nuclear weapons convention. Includes a model convention.

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I Could Not Save Mahatma Gandhi - Untold Stories from a Witness's Diary

Jagdishchandra Jain

(Frontpage Publications, London, 2010)

pbk £11.95

A story of government complacency in the face of a one citizen's attempt to thwart a conspiracy.

Bonhoeffer and King: Their Legacies and Import for Christian Social thought (Eds) Willis Jenkins and Jennifer M McBride Housmans Bookshop

Bonhoeffer and King: Their Legacies and Import for Christian Social thought

(Eds) Willis Jenkins and Jennifer M McBride

(Fortress Press, Minneapolis, USA, 2010)

pbk £16.99

A re-assessment of the activism and theology of two of the 20th century's best-known Christian martyrs - Dietrich Bonheoffer and Martin Luther King.

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Mama Leone

Miljenko Jergovic (trans David Williams)

(Archipelago Books, New York, USA, 2012)

pbk £11.99

This talented storyteller writes of a family odyssey against the background of the Balkan wars.

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The World is my Country

Emily Johns & Gabriel Carlyle

pbk £6.00

The often overlooked history of some of the groups who opposed the First World War.

Behind the Dream - The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation Clarence B Jones and Stuart Connelly Housmans Bookshop

Behind the Dream - The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation

Clarence B Jones and Stuart Connelly

(Palgrave Macmillan, NewYork, USA, 2011)

hbk £14.99

The story of Martin Luther King's famous 1963 Speech in Washington.

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Beatrice: The Cadbury Heiress Who Gave Away Her Fortune

Fiona Joseph

(Foxwell Press, Birmingham, 2012)

pbk £12.99

The story of a journey from respectable Quaker girl to bold anti-capitalist and peace activist.

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Irregular Army: How the US Military Recruited Neo-Nazis, Gang Members, and Criminals to Fight the War on Terror

Matt Kennard

(Verso, London, 2012)

hbk £16.99

The book includes extensive interviews with extremist veterans and leaders of far-right hate groups; it links some of the miliitary's worst crimes (apart from being a military at all, of course) with this opening up of the US military.

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Strength to Love

Martin Luther King Jr

(Fortress Press, Minneapolis, USA, 2010)

pbk £12.99

A primer in Christan-based principles and practice of nonviolence.

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Conscientious Objectors of the Second World War - Refusing to Fight

Ann Kramer

(Pen & Sword, Barnsley, 2013)

hbk £19.99

A well-researched look at the subject of Second World War COs in Britain - including some pre-war background - covering what they did and said, and what happend to them. A pity that the indexer has spoiled a good job by the use of not just grating, but misleading, US English.

The Unequal World We Inhabit - Quaker responses to terrorism and fundamentalism Paul Lacey Housmans Bookshop

The Unequal World We Inhabit - Quaker responses to terrorism and fundamentalism

Paul Lacey

(Quaker Books, London, 2010)

pbk £8.00

Based on the author's 2010 Swarthmore Lecture, this book looks at ways in which pacifists can respond to devastating violence.

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Toward a Living Revolution - A five-stage framework for creating radical social change

George Lakey

(Peace News, London, 2012)

pbk £15.00

A welcome reprint of the 1987 edition of this largely timeless book - with even earlier origins - by one of the USA's most significant thinkers and writers and espousers of revolutionary nonviolence. (He has a lot to do with why the pacifist paper Peace News has had its "for nonviolent revolution" subtitle for the last 40 years.) With a new chapter in the form of a Forward to this edition.

Behind Closed Doors Military influence, commercial pressures, and the compromised university Chris Langley, Stuart Parkinson and Philip Webber Housmans Bookshop

Behind Closed Doors: Military influence, commercial pressures, and the compromised university

Chris Langley, Stuart Parkinson and Philip Webber

(Scientists for Global Responsibility, Folkestone, 2008)

pbk £3.50

This report builds on the disclosures of, and recommendations in, Soldiers In The Laboratory and More Soldiers In The Laboratory. It focuses on the impact of military sector influence within the research and teaching environment of universities in the UK.

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Investment in Blood - The True Cost of Britain's Afghan War

Frank Ledwidge

(Yale University Press, London, 2013)

hbk £18.99

A well-researched investigation with good coverage of the plight of the major victims - Afghan civiliians.

Why We Kill - Understanding violence across cultures and disciplines (Eds) Nancy Loukes, Sally Smith Holt and Joanna R Adler Housmans Bookshop

Why We Kill - Understanding violence across cultures and disciplines

(Eds) Nancy Loucks, Sally Smith Holt and Joanna R Adler

(Routledge, Abingdon, 2009)

pbk £22.99

An examination of the way that killings in different contexts are perceived so differently - though with the occasional controversial view of what constitutes life.

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Crimes of Dissent: Civil Disobedience, Criminal Justice and the Politics of Conscience

Jarret S Lovell

(New York University Press, USA, 2009)

pbk £7.99 (reduced from £15.99)

A look at the motivations and the costs of breaking the law during the struggle for social change - though primarily dealing with the US context. And note the US terminolgy of the title: it deals with what British activists call direct action, not just with what we call civil disobedience (ie it covers cases where the lawbreaking is an irrelevant by-product of following one's conscience, as well as those when breaking the law is a more deliberate part of the strategy).

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Israelis and Palestinians - Conflict and Resolution

Moshe Machover

(Haymarket Books, Chicago, USA, 2012)

pbk £17.99

A collection of inspiring essays written during a period of more than 40 years by an Israeli activist (and mathematician). His writing is informed by the insistence that he is "not an Israeli peace activist", since his analysis of the situation is not one of a conflict to which it is necessary to bring peace; rather, it is a situation of colonisation. Hence, in the author's view, peace is an outcome of liberation, not its starting point.

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We Have Not Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America

(Eds) Elizabeth Betita Martinez, Matt Meyer, and Mandy Carter

(PM Press, Oakland, California, USA, 2012)

pbk £21.99

This inspiring 600-page collection of writings - both classic and more recent - looks at the struggles still needing to happen against the state of affairs in the USA. And because of the influence of that empire on us all, these strugglers are of relevance to us all.

The Raytheon 9 Resisting War Crimes is Not a Crime Eamonn McCann Housmans Bookshop

The Raytheon 9 - Resisting War Crimes is Not a Crime

Eamonn McCann

(The Derry Anti-War Coalition, 2008)

pmphlt £2.00

The story of the occupation of the Raytheon arms factory in Northern Ireland, which provides bombs for the Israeli air force.

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The Economics of Killing

Vijay Mehta

(Pluto Press, London, 2012)

pbk £14.99

How the power of global elites, entrenched under globalisation, has created a deadly cycle of violence.

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The Buzzards of Zinn - A Story of War and Peace

George Miller

(The Medlar Press, Ellesmere, Shropshire, 2010)

pbk £9.95

A story which uses fantasy to expose the horrors of contemporary reality.

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In the Lion's Shadow: The Iranian Schindler and his Homeland in the Second World War

Fariborz Mokhtari

(The History Press, Stroud, 2011)

hbk £14.99

A junior diplomat in France risks all under the German occupation in the Second World War to save as many threatened Jewish families as he can.

Woodrow Wilson Brian Morton Housmans Bookshop

Woodrow Wilson

Brian Morton

(Haus Publishing, London, 2008)

hbk £12.99

Part of the Makers of the Modern World series, dealing with people involved in the peace conferences of 1919-1923, the book looks at Woodrow Wilson's pivotal role at Versailles.

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Torture and State Violence in the United States - A Short Documentary History

(Ed) Robert M Pallitto

(John Hopkins Univrsity Press, Baltimore, USA, 2011)

pbk £13.00

A book which shows that state-sanctioned violence and cruel punishments have a long history in the USA. Tells horrifying stories spanning a period of over 300 years.

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Hitler's Deserters: When Law Merged with Terror

Lars BG Petersson

(Fonthill Media, London, 2013)

hbk £18.99

The story of the fate of those who refused to fight for the Third Reich - and a post-war society that turned its back on them.

None of Us Were Like This Before - American Soldiers and Torture Joshua ES Phillips Housmans Bookshop

None of Us Were Like This Before - American Soldiers and Torture

Joshua ES Phillips

(Verso, London, 2010)

hbk £16.99

A US reporter, writing about the widespread use of torture by that country's troops, discusses how they were "psychologically scarred by the abuse they had meted out to Iraqi prisoners".

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None of Us Were Like This Before - American Soldiers and Torture

Joshua ES Phillips

(Verso, London, 2012)

pbk £9.99

A US reporter, writing about the widespread use of torture by that country's troops, discusses how they were "psychologically scarred by the abuse they had meted out to Iraqi prisoners".

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The Better Angels of Our Nature

Steven Pinker

(Penguin, London, 2012)

pbk £12.99

Weaving together psychology and history, the author presents a plausible case that human civilisation's progress has been such that war and other forms of violence have been - in the long term - steadily decreasing. However, when looking at why (on an inter-state scale) this might be, he tries to overcome "the pacifist's dilemma" - based on the same negative-sum paradox as the classic logical puzzle of "the prisoner's dilemma" - by positing various subtle theories, but not the obvious one: namely that pacifism is not the same as non-resistance, nor the acceptance of "defeat", nor an absence of effective struggle.

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Women in the War Zone: Hospital Service in the First World War

Anne Powell

(The History Press, Stroud, 2013)

pbk £12.99

Based on extracts from first-hand accounts, the book covers the experiences of British female medical personnel all over Europe during the First World War.

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How to Look Good in a War - Justifying and Challenging State Violence

Brian Rappert

(Pluto Press, London, 2012)

pbk £17.99

The book examines the methods used to depict, defend and justify the use of state violence. It deals with the way pro-war narratives are constructed, and considers how ignorance of the operation of war is produced.

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A Coward if I Return, A Hero if I Fall - Stories of Irishmen in World War I

Neil Richardson

(The O'Brien Press, Dublin, Ireland, 2010)

pbk £16.99

A collection of veterans' stories.

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Strange Meetings - The Poets of the Great War

Harry Ricketts

(Chatto & Windus, London, 2010)

hbk £12.99

The story of the sometimes intertwined lives of some of the leading poets of that era. Stories of their lives that may well be unknown even to those familiar with some of their poetry.

 

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Palestinian Resistance and Nonviolence

Andrew Rigby

(Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs, Jersualem, 2010)

pbk £10.00

Covers the period from the British military occupation after the First World War, up to 2010. From 1949, it concentrates on struggle in the Occupied Territories, rather than in Israel itself or amongst refugee communities outside Palestine.

 

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Civil Resistance & Power Politics - The Experience of Non-violent Action from Gandhi to the Present

(Eds) Adam Roberts & Timothy Garton Ash

(OUP, Oxford, 2009)

hbk £25.50 (published at £36.00)

The book looks at instances of the use of unarmed people-power stretching back almost a century, with some 20 examples dealt with by a range of experts. The writers - besides setting out histories - include useful analysis. It's encouraging when mainstream historians can acknowledge the militantly activist tradition within pacifism, and can write - with few reservations - about the concept of nonviolent revolution (even if they hyphenate non-violent).

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Civil Resistance & Power Politics - The Experience of Non-violent Action from Gandhi to the Present

(Eds) Adam Roberts & Timothy Garton Ash

(OUP, Oxford, 2011)

pbk £16.99

The book looks at instances of the use of unarmed people-power stretching back almost a century, with some 20 examples dealt with by a range of experts. The writers - besides setting out histories - include useful analysis. It's encouraging when mainstream historians can acknowledge the militantly activist tradition within pacifism, and can write - with few reservations - about the concept of nonviolent revolution (even if they hyphenate non-violent).

Inventing Collateral Damage - Civilian Casualties, War, and Empire (Eds) Stephen J Rockel and Rick Halpern Housmans Bookshop

Inventing Collateral Damage - Civilian Casualties, War, and Empire

(Eds) Stephen J Rockel and Rick Halpern

(Between the Lines, Toronto, Canada, 2009)

pbk £18.95

A collection of varied studies of civilian casualties in the history of warfare.

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Evolving the Spirit: From Democracy to Peace - Ten Steps to Change the World

Anthony Russell

(DreamStar Books, 2012)

pbk £12.95

The book attempts to confront that notion that we are helpless in the face of problems around us; though - despite some interesting ideas - its prescriptions and its insights are largely only intelligble to those of a religious bent.

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The Liberal Defence of Murder

Richard Seymour

(Verso, London, 2012)

pbk £12.99

A powerful critique of "humanitarian intervention" and its supporters; looks at the history of liberal justifications of conquest. An updated version of an earlier 2008 book.

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The Frontier Gandhi: Abdul Ghaffar Khan - Muslim champion of nonviolence

Shireen Shah

(Movement for the Abolition of War, London, with the International Peace Bureau, Geneva, Switzerland, 2008)

pmphlt £3.00

Abdul Ghaffar Khan (who lived from 1890 to 1988) was nicknamed "the Frontier Gandhi" because he spent much of his life working for social transformation through nonviolent means - justifying it in terms of his Islamic beliefs - with a nonviolent "army" challenging British rule in the North-West Frontier region of British India (now Pakistan).

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Sharp's Dictionary of Power and Struggle - Language in Civil Resistance and Conflicts

Gene Sharp

(OUP, London, 2012)
pbk £12.99

It's rare to find a work of reference so gripping! And it has little to quibble with - even for those sensitive to differences between US and British political terminologies. Another excellent tool for activists from this great pioneer of nonviolent theory.

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Waging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice and 21st Century Potential

Gene Sharp

(Extending Horizons Books, Boston, USA, 2007)
pbk £16.95

Not only useful for students, this latest work from one of the most important writers on the practicalities of nonviolent struggle will be a "must read" for individuals and groups involved in campaigns which aspire to nonviolence.

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From Dictatorship to Democracy - A Conceptual Framework for Liberation

Gene Sharp

(Housmans, 2011)

pbk £5.95

A reprint - with a new preface by Michael Randle - of this classic text which has been used in many countries by groups struggling nonviolently to overthrow dictatorships. Alongside his strategic insistence on nonviolent methods, the author shatters the illusion that the only alternatives are armed struggle or acquiesence.

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War's Forgotten Women: British Widows of the Second World War

Maureen Shaw & Helen D Millgate

(The History Press, Stroud, 2011)

pbk £9.99

An insight into the realities of post-war Britain, through diaries, letters, and personal interviews.

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Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King Jr and the International Hunt for His Assassin

Hampton Sides

(Allen Lane, London, 2010)

pbk £9.95 (reduced from £25.00)

Not only the story of James Earl Ray's escape from prison and his assumption of a new identity prior to the assassination, but also the story of King's own last months - before the two men's paths fatefully crossed.

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The March that Shook Blair: An oral history of 15 February 2003

Ian Sinclair

(Peace News, London, 2013)

pbk £10.00

A book telling the story of an unforgettable occasion in political history - warts and all.

Voices Against War: A Century of Protest Lyn Smith Housmans Bookshop

Voices Against War: A Century of Protest

Lyn Smith

(Mainstream Publishing, Edinburgh, 2010)

pbk £7.99

Based on nearly 200 personal testimonies from the Imperial War Museum's collections, this book tells the stories of people involved in anti-war protests from the First World War to the present day.

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Geneva Conventions

(Eds) Gary D Solis and Fred L Borch

(Kaplan Publishing, New York, USA, 2010)

pbk £11.99

The Geneva Conventions in full, with introduction and detailed annotations.

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Taking Aim at the Arms Trade - NGOs, Global Civil Society and the World Military Order

Anna Stavrianakis

(Zed Books, London, 2010)

pbk £14.99 (reduced from £19.99)

A well-researched and incisive study, exposing the tensions inherent in some NGOs' engagement with the arms trade.

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Civilian Jihad: Nonviolent Struggle, Democratization, and Governance in the Middle East

(Ed) Maria J Stephan

(Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2009)
pbk £19.50 (reduced from £20.99)

Explores the rich but little-known history of nonviolent civilian-led struggles for rights and freedoms in many parts of the region - even before the uprisings of early 2011.

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Stop the War - A Graphic History

(Foreward by Tony Benn)

(Francis Boutle Publishers, London, 2011)
pbk £20.00

A pictorial history of the mass movement against the attack on Iraqis.

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War is a Lie

David Swanson

(Biteback Publishing, London, 2011)
pbk £12.99

The author deconstructs the main reasons put forward in favour of war. A fine set of arguments, and some great polemic. Though - speaking primarily in a US context - he fails to get fully beyond the idea that the state itself can be democratised so as to make war history. The biggest gap in the book is its lack of connection with the many organisations full of people who already know that wars are obsolete and avoidable; so readers inspired by his ideas are given insufficient realistic idea as to what to do once they're persuaded.

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Peace with Iran

James B Thring

(Ministry of Peace, London, 2012)
pbk £5.00

The author briefly presents a wide range of arguments against attacking Iranians - though with the downside of seeming blind to the iniquities of the Iranian regime itself.

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Fates Worse than Death

Kurt Vonnegut Jr

(Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, Nottingham, 1985)
pmphlt £2.00

The author made a speech, of which this is the text, in the USA in May 1982, and sent the text as his contribution to the inaugural European Nuclear Disarmament Convention which took place the next month. Copies of this classic little pamphlet have recently come to light.

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George Clemenceau

David Robin Watson

(Haus Publishing, London, 2008)

hbk £12.99

Part of the Makers of the Modern World series, dealing with people involved in the peace conferences of 1919-1923, this biography of the French leader gives a different view from the common one that he imposed too harsh a treaty on the defeated Germans after the First World War.

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Peace and Conflict Studies - A Reader

(Eds) Charles P Webel and Jorgen Johansen

(Routledge, Abingdon, 2012)

pbk £29.99

A broad collection, dealing with - inter alia - what is meant by peace research and peace education, the nature of conflict, prevention of conflict, nonviolent action, and building cultures of peace. Includes some classic material.

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The Least of All Possible Evils - Humanitarian Violence from Arendt to Gaza

Eyal Weizman

(Verso, London, 2011)

hbk £16.99

A set of essays dealing with the complexities of understanding violence. Takes the reader into the heart of contemporary necro-politics, examining the dark side of the so-called pragamatism of "the lesser evil". A forensic-architectural investigation of sites of contemporary conflict.

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About Face - Military Resisters Turn Against War

(Eds) Buff Whitman-Bradley, Sarah Lazare, Cynthia Whitman-Bradley

(PM Press, Oakland, California, 2011)

pbk £14.99

Looks at the way US military volunteers question what they see as illegal orders, and become refusers.

 

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