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5 Books on Making Nonviolence Work in a Scary World

In the November issue of Sojourners, Rose Marie Berger reviews several books on nonviolence and how it has played out in the lives of its practitioners. Here are some more books about nonviolence that Berger recommends, these focused on history and strategy.

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Strategies of Peace: Transforming Conflict in a Violent World, edited by Daniel Philpott and Gerard F. Powers (Oxford University). Fifteen leading scholars propose new and effective approaches to peacebuilding in the context of genocide, terrorism, and poverty.

If We Must Die: African American Voices on War and Peace, edited by Karin L. Stanford (Rowman and Littlefield). From Frederick Douglass to Condoleeza Rice, Stanford provides a chronological history of African-American thought on violence and nonviolence.

Reasons to Kill: Why Americans Choose War by Richard E. Rubenstein (Bloomsbury). Noted professor of conflict resolution Rubenstein examines U.S. rhetorical strategies around national self-defense, "humanitarian intervention," and honor, plus five ways to think more clearly about war.

The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo's First 100 Days by Karen Greenberg (Oxford). When did Guantanamo become a torture center and why? A must-read story for understanding what went wrong.

After Gandhi: 100 Years of Nonviolent Resistance by Anne Sibley O'Brien and Perry Edmond O'Brien (Charlesbridge). Graphic-driven, young adult nonfiction illustrating the effect Gandhian nonviolence has had on 14 different international social movements.

Rose Marie Berger, an associate editor at Sojourners, blogs at She's the author of Who Killed Donte Manning? The Story of an American Neighborhood available at

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