Summer reading – two terrific books on our movement's and organization's history!

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While it may not be some people’s idea of summer beach reading, Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement by our own Larry Wittner (Professor at SUNY-Albany and national Peace Action board member) is a brisk (225 pages), informative and inspirational read. I just finished it this morning, and it is quite a ride through 65 years of our struggle the Ban the Bomb. As someone involved in the movement for 25 years, I know a lot of the history of our work, but there’s a lot I didn’t know, or that I needed to be reminded of to help put our current work in proud, uplifting context. The book is available through the publisher, Stanford University press, at

And while you’re at it, if you don’t already own Peace Action: Past, Present and Future, our 50th anniversary book that came out in 2007, get that one, too! Edited by the same Larry Wittner (yes, he’s a busy man!) and the equally prolific Glen Stassen (Professor at Fuller Theological Seminary and Peace Action Education Fund board member), it features essays on our history and our ongoing work by Peace Action leaders throughout the decades, including Sandy Gottlieb, Homer Jack, Monica Green, Andrea Ayvazian, Steven Brion-Meisels, Jon Rainwater and David Cortright, as well as Glen and Larry (and me!). Contact Development Director Peter Deccy ( at the national Peace Action office and we’ll make you a great deal on this proud history of our organization!

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