David Cortright is Director of Policy Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and
Chair of the Board of the Fourth Freedom Forum. He is the author or editor of 20 books. Of this one, he states: "The volume is intended for engaged scholars who seek insights on nonviolence from primary sources, and active practitioners who hope to learn from lived experience."
We were immensely pleased to see that Cortright put Mohandas Gandhi as the lead truth seeker. As I wrote in 10 Reasons Why Gandhi Is My Hero: "He was a visionary whose spiritual maturity still shines like a beacon in the night. " We also were glad to see Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Six Elements of Nonviolence" which were used for the training of civil rights activists.
Other chapters cover Pacifism and Nonviolent Action (Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, Dorothy Day, A. J. Muste, Albert Camus); Women's Voices (Barbara Deming, bell hooks, Sara Ruddick); Strategy and Nonviolent Action (Gene Sharp, Erica Chonweth and Maria J. Stephan); Africa Rising (Nelson Mandela, Desmond tutu, Wangari Maathai); The Struggle for Palestine and Israel (Jean Zaru, Mubarak Awad, Youth Against Settlements, Julia Chaitin, Han Baruch, Soldiers of Yes G'vul); and Religious Sources of Peacemaking (Abraham Joshua Heschel, Lynn Gottlieb, Leonardo Boff, Jim Wallis, William J. Barber II, Pope Francis, John Paul II, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, Abdul Ghaffar Khan).
This book is packed with both inspiring and practical passages. We especially appreciate the international dimensions of this sturdy survey of modern nonviolence. It is a rich resource that should be in every activist's library.