NONVIOLENCE: HISTORY AND STRATEGY
Strategies of Peace: Transforming Conflict in a Violent World, edited by Daniel Philpott and Gerard F. Powers (Oxford University, 2010). 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, 2008). 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, 2010). Noted professor of conflict resolution Rubenstein examines U.S. rhetorical strategies around national self-defense, “humanitarian intervention,” and honor, plus 5 ways to think more clearly about war.
The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo’s First 100 Days by Karen Greenberg (Oxford, 2009). 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, 2009). Graphic-driven, young adult, nonfiction illustrating the effect Gandhian nonviolence has had on 14 different international social movements.
NONVIOLENCE AND COMMUNITIES:
Forgiving as We’ve Been Forgiven: Community Practices for Making Peace by L. Gregory Jones and Célestin Musekura (InterVarsity, 2010). Pastoral leader Musekura’s father was murdered in the Rwandan genocide. Theologian Greg Jones interacts with Musekura’s story to illustrate forgiveness practices in extreme situations and everyday life.
Walk With Us and Listen: Political Reconciliation in Africa by Charles Villa-Vicencio (Georgetown University, 2009). An excellent, detailed, review of rebuilding the social fabric through “truth and reconciliation” experiments in the African context by a leader of those commissions.
From the Sanctuary to the Streets: How the Dreams of One City’s Homeless Sparked a Faith Revolution and Transformed a Community by Wendy McCaig (Cascade Books, 2010). A refugee from the Enron collapse moves to Richmond, Virginia, and gets drawn into a homeless women’s ministry that dreams of being so much more.
Trustbuilding: An Honest Conversation on Race, Reconciliation and Responsibility by Rob Corcoran (University of Virginia, 2010). Also from the capital of the old South comes this inspiring historical narrative and handbook for community change built around the “Hope in the Cities” project that models interracial dialogue and urban peacemaking.