The People Make the Peace

The People Make the Peace: Lessons from the Vietnam Antiwar Movement (Just World Books, 2015).

This book features the reflections of 9 prominent antiwar activists: Jay Craven, Rennie Davis, Judy Gumbo, Alex Hing, Doug Hostetter, Frank Joyce, Nancy Kurshan, John McAuliff, and Becca Wilson. Each of their reflections was written uniquely for this book. In addition, Myra MacPherson, an award-winning journalist and a member of Veterans for Peace, interviews several U.S. ex-combat veterans now living in Viet Nam.

If you’d like to hear and see more about The People Make the Peace: Lessons from the Vietnam Antiwar Movement, check out this book discussion on CSPAN3.

WHAT THE REVIEWERS SAY:

The book shatters stereotypes of protesters and shows the activists as thoughtful, courageous and compassionate strategists whose PMP_cover_for_web__43864.1439486188.450.800dedication to peaceful diplomacy helped end the war earlier–Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK

A marvelous collection that comes full circle in understanding America’s past and present relationship with Vietnam, and that reminds us of the power and impact of the antiwar movement through the voices of peace advocates from that era who recently returned to Vietnam.–David Cortright, Director of Policy Studies at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

The American movement against the Vietnam War was the largest, most complex, and most effective antiwar movement in history, but neither its scope nor its complexity have gotten their due in the historical record. The essays in this collection help fill in many blanks, adding essential color to the story of this astounding citizens’ movement, especially the remarkable saga of the 1970-71 People’s Peace Treaty. They inspire reflection that America still sorely needs. —Todd Gitlin, Professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University

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