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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 few 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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Cunning Plans: Tommy Atkins' hidden tactics to avoid combat on the Western Front in WW1- or Why "Blackadder Goes Forth"

Roger Ball

(Past Tense, London, 2015)

pmphlt £2.50

Beginning to lift the lid on the hidden resistance. But could have been a lot funnier - and more subversive.

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In Pursuit of Peace in Israel and Palestine

Gershon Baskin

(Vanderbilt University Press, 2017)

hbk

The author's 38 years as a peace activist, as he moved from the USA, to an Israeli kibbutz, and then lived for two years in a Palestinian village. A record of years of attempts to improve mutual understanding.

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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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My Beloved Man: The Letters of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears

Aldeburgh Studies in Music

(Boydell Press, 2016)

hbk £16.99

The complete surviving correspondence between the two pacifist musicians, giving insight into their work and their relationship.

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

Andrew Cockburn

(Verso, London, 2016)

pbk £9.99

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.

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Civil Society, Peace and Power - Peace and Security in the 21st Century

David Cortright

(Rowan & Littlefield, 2016)

pbk £24.95

Case studies demonstrating the growth of civil society activism in national, regional and international peacebuilding. The focus is not on strictly nonviolent struggles (perhaps not surprising from this author), but on approaches combining actions by civil society, governmental organisations and even "security" forces.

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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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Popular Protest in Palestine: The Uncertain Future of Unarmed Resistance

Marwan Darweish and Andrew Rigby

(Pluto Press, London, 2015)
pbk £15.00

An overview and analysis of the role and significance of unarmed civil popular resistance by Palestinians. The focus is on the contemporary resistance in the Occupied Territories, but there is a review of the thread of civil resistance throughout the Palestinian struggle.

 

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Choosing Peace: The Catholic Church Returns to Gospel Nonviolence

Marie Dennis

(Orbis Books, 2018)
pbk £20.00

This book argues that in recent years the more progressive parts of the Catholic Church have refocussed on traditions of nonviolence and peacebuilding, in place of traditional Just War teachings.

 

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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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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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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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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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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.

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Aftershock: The Untold Story of Surviving Peace

Matthew Green

(Portobello Books, London, 2015)

hbk £17.99

What happens to troops sent to foreign countries when they get back home? The reality of their return.

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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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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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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."

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Towards Ending War - A Recipe

Robert Hinde

(Movement for the Abolition of War, London, 2014)

pmphlt £4.00

A former World War Two pilot looks optimistically to the future.

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Indefensible: Seven Myths that Sustain the Global Arms Trade

Paul Holden

(Zed Press, London, 2017)

pbk £9.99

Although the work of arms trade campaigners in Britain has - over several decades - largely won the debate in progressive circles, there are still many people who believe the common justifications for the arms trade. This book - without taking a fully pacifist poistion - demolishes the myths about the value of the arms trade for the economy, trade, "securuity" and so on. A useful handbook for those wanting to argue the anti-arms trade case.

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CND at 60

Kate Hudson

(Public Reading Rooms, London, 2018)

pbk £12.95

This book, by CND General Secretary Kate Hudson, is the inside story of six decades of a long-running (and still all-too-necessary) peace organisaton. A timely publication, coinciding with the recent UN call for the global abolition of nuclear weapons.

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Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

Sebastian Junger

(Twelve, 2016)

hbk £18.99

The primitive tribalism that underpins military life, and the implications for veterans.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Grappling with the Bomb: Britain's Pacific H-Bomb Tests

Nic Maclellan

(ANU Press, 2017)

pbk £17.99

The story of the 1950s series of British tests, and the history of that as reflected in the experiences of the Pacific islands and of the military veterans.

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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.

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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 Darkest Days: The Truth Behind Britakn's Rush to War in 1914

Douglas Newton

(Verso, London, 2015)

pbk £9.99

The British declaration of war was a result of dishonesty and wilfull belligerence, this book argues, not a "defence" of a threatened ally.

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The Death and Afterlife of Mahatma Gandhi

Makarand R Paranjape

(Routledge, 2017)

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The author asks whether the whole ideology of Hindu nationalism - rather than a lone fanatic - was responsible for the death of Gandhi. And does his death continue to haunt India, where many now consider him irrelevant?

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Nonviolent Resistance to the Nazis

George Paxton

(YouCaxton Publications, 2016)

pbk £10.00

The first such collection of these stories to have been published for a long time. Full of thought-provoking examples of publicly and nonviolenlty resisting tyranny.

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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.

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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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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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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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Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War

Susan Southard

(Sounvenir Press, London, 2017)

pbk £15.00

The author has spent a decade interviewing and researching the lives of the survivors, collecting eye-witness accounts. The story is told through the lives of five teenage survivors from 1945 to the present day.

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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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A Theory of Nonviolent Action: How Civil Resistance Works

Stellan Vinthagen

(Zed Books, London, 2015)
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The author - also an experienced activist - has produced a ground-breaking and much-needed addition to this field. Perhaps the first major systematic attempt to develop a theory of nonviolent action since Gene Sharp's seminal The Politics of Nonviolent Action in 1973.

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The Truth About Trident - Disarming the Nuclear Argument

Timmon Milne Wallis

(Luath Press, 2016)
pbk £10.00

Long-time activist Tim Wallis has produced an amazingly comprehensive book on the topic of nuclear weapons, eloquently putting the many arguments against the official line.

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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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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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