Waging Peace: Global Adventures Of A Lifelong Activist

Waging Peace: Global Adventures Of A Lifelong Activist


“It has been my privilege to work with David Hartsough over the years and to be arrested and jailed with him for nonviolent civil disobedience. I highly recommend Waging Peace to every American who wishes to live in a world with peace and justice and wants to feel empowered to help create that world.”

—DANIEL ELLSBERG, author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and The Pentagon Papers

DAVID HARTSOUGH knows how to get in the way. He has used his body to block Navy ships headed for Vietnam and trains loaded with munitions on their way to El Salvador and Nicaragua. He has crossed borders to meet “the enemy” in East Berlin, Castro’s Cuba, and present-day Iran. He has marched with mothers confronting a violent
regime in Guatemala and stood with refugees threatened by death squads in the Philippines.

Waging Peace is a testament to the difference one person can make. Hartsough’s stories inspire, educate, and encourage readers to find ways to work for a more just and peaceful world. Inspired by the examples of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., Hartsough has spent his life experimenting with the power of active nonviolence. It is the story of one man’s effort to live as though we were all brothers and sisters.

Engaging stories on every page provide a peace activist’s eyewitness account of many of the major historical events of the past sixty years, including the Civil Rights and anti–Vietnam War movements in the United States and the little-known but equally significant nonviolent efforts in the Soviet Union, Kosovo, Palestine, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines.

Hartsough’s story demonstrates the power and effectiveness of organized nonviolent action. But Waging Peace is more than one man’s memoir. Hartsough shows how this struggle is waged all over the world by ordinary people committed to ending the spiral of violence and war.

“Reading this book is breathtaking.  Hartsough has lived a life of action for peace and justice from one end of the world to the other.  He has participated in many of the nonviolent struggles at the forefront of human liberation over the past half century.  He shows us that it is possible to engage, to resist, to ‘peaceably rebel.’ He shows us that anyone can do this…  We all need to read and reread this book – and then get going on our own lifelong journey of doing, and telling, nonviolent change”
—KEN BUTIGAN,  director of Pace e Bene


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DAVID HARTSOUGH is executive director of Peaceworkers, based in San Francisco, and is cofounder of the Nonviolent Peaceforce. He is a Quaker and member of the San Francisco Friends Meeting. Hartsough has been working actively and internationally for nonviolent social change and peaceful resolution of conflicts since he met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1956.

Below is a talk by David Hartsough on Waging Peace recorded October 24, 2014 at University Temple United Methodist Church in Seattle, WA.

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