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books about war that will turn your mind against war

Daniel H. Shubin "danhshubin"
The list author says: "books about war that will turn your mind against the justification of war, military service, and manufacture of military related equipment"
Johnny Got His Gun
Johnny Got His Gun
"excellent; a must read for every person considering the value of his life in war. Banned at several times from print during previous war times in America."
The Kingdom of God Is within You
The Kingdom of God Is within You
"the seminal work by one of Russia's greatest authors about the incompatibility of military service and being a disciple of Jesus Christ."
New Testament Basis of Peacemaking
New Testament Basis of Peacemaking
"A basic text on the passages of the New Testament and early Christian church history on objection to war and military service."
War, Peace and Nonresistance
War, Peace and Nonresistance
"the basic Mennonite primer for conscientious objectors to military service. A good Biblical background to the subject as well as the Mennonite stand. He wrote this in 1944 to support the conscientious objectors of WW2, and just as much applies as a source of information for those of later years faced with conscription."
War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning
War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning
"A war correspondent provides an alternative view of war as a reflection of the corruption of war journalism to support the aims of the government, also the ability of government to rewrite history to justify their actions; he includes much gruesome detail of the carnage not always transmitted to the general public in war journalism."
On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society
On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society
"excellent; the best book available on the psychology of creating a killing machine out of a normal person; the metamorphosis required in boot camp training, and the disasterous results on the psyche of an individual - soldier - who carries out his mission as a killer on the battlefield."
An Intimate History of Killing: Face to Face Killing in Twentieth Century Warfare
An Intimate History of Killing: Face to Face Killing in Twentieth Century Warfare
"Similar to Dave Grossman's book above, but dealing more with specific events of battles and wars of the 20th century, and the difficulty that the soldier must deal with, knowing that he has killed, mutilated, destroyed innocents, and ruined lives. An excellent dissertation."
Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century
Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century
"although he calls his book a moral history of the 20th century, it is actually the history of the immorality of the 20th century as he describes the violent war and its results during the century. Very eye-opening into the cult of leaders and their ability to sway people to fulfill their dictates of execution and ruthless violence."
On War and Morality [Studies in Moral, Political, and Legal Philosophy]
On War and Morality [Studies in Moral, Political, and Legal Philosophy]
"An excellent volume proving the immorality of war from a Biblical perspective, proving the fallicy of Augustine's just-war theory and the flaws of other Christian apologists of war. Dry and verbose in areas, but his conclusion is well proved, that it is in the best interest of a nation not to create a military for its security, and that the best defence to invasion is no defence."
War: The Lethal Custom
War: The Lethal Custom
"worthwhile reading as the economics and theory of war from ancient times to the present is discussed. For the more scholarly reader, because he takes the view of military strategy from both sides of the battlefield, and that technology is the driving force to successive wars, to test the latest methods of human destruction."
War: Ends and Means, Second Edition
War: Ends and Means, Second Edition
"the recruit is an expendable pawn and cannon fodder for the highest levels of political power, military officials and the major industrialists who manufacture equipment for the war and military service. War is power, money and control at the expence of conscripts and recruits of all nations."
Jailed for Peace: The History of American Draft Law Violators, 1658-1985
Jailed for Peace: The History of American Draft Law Violators, 1658-1985
"An exellent book to investigate the many in US history who were incarcerated in US Prisons for failing to be inducted into the military during wartime. Valuable is the list of prisons where conscientious objectors were incarcerated and the names of the many that suffered and that even died under torture for their beliefs."
Choosing Peace: A Handbook on War, Peace, and Your Conscience
Choosing Peace: A Handbook on War, Peace, and Your Conscience
"excellent small book published by the Central Committe for Conscientious Objectors, that the only proper attitude for the true Christian to take in regard to war and military service is to refuse. Peaceful alternatives to war are discussed along. Good information for every person who will take the stand of a conscientious objector."
Non-Violent Resistance (Satyagraha)
Non-Violent Resistance (Satyagraha)
"A selection of articles and letters by MK Gandhi explaining his concept of Satyagraha - truth force - or his principle on non-violent resistance. Excellent reading for the Christian as well as non-Christian."
Christian Non-Resistance
Christian Non-Resistance
"Adin Ballou was a voice crying in the wilderness during the years of the Civil War in the US, promoting conscientious objection to war and military service. He was a Unitarian and Univeralist minister, often persecuted, and his peace concepts are published in this book."
The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements (Perennial Classics)
The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements (Perennial Classics)
"short philosophical briefs on the ability of aggressive men to create mass movements of little or no substance, but to control their minds. A perennial classic."
The Christian Attitude Toward War
The Christian Attitude Toward War
"there is nothing "Christian" about this book, as the author regurgitates the standard rhetoric of historic Christendom to justify war and miliary service. A good source to understand how "Christian" leaders manipulate and contort early Church history and the apologists to justify militarism."
A Brief History of Pacifism from Jesus to Tolstoy: From Jesus to Tolstoy
A Brief History of Pacifism from Jesus to Tolstoy: From Jesus to Tolstoy
"worthwhile reading in the area of Christian pacifism: just as the title states, with good information on a wide range of people and denominations (search the web for an inexpensive copy). Peter Brock has other books on the topic, but are more extensive research."
What Every Person Should Know About War
What Every Person Should Know About War
"a necessity for every parent whose child is considering joining the military. What is gut-wrenching is the detached and passive manner Hedges treats killing and injuring the enemy on the battlefield, and being injured and dying yourself and the disposal of your remains and the effects on family."
The Ugly American
The Ugly American
"this was a very popular book during the Viet-Nam War era as it exposes the failure (stupidity?) of American foreign policy for south-east Asia. Later it became a movie."
War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America's Most Decorated Soldier
War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America's Most Decorated Soldier
"the general discusses the amount of money made by industrialists who are the primary proponents of war, anywhere and against anybody, regardless of the death and devastation caused. He proves the validity of the premise that war is money."
Preachers Present Arms: The Role of the American Churches and Clergy in World War I and II with Some Observations on the War in Vietnam
Preachers Present Arms: The Role of the American Churches and Clergy in World War I and II with Some Observations on the War in Vietnam
"Excellent research on the attitude of clergy during WW1 toward the military and conscientious objectors. How clergy would justify WW1 while discrediting religious objectors."
The Christian Pacifist - A Defence of Christian Pacifism
The Christian Pacifist - A Defence of Christian Pacifism
"recently published with several good points regarding Christian pacifism."
Militarist Christendom and the Gospel of the Prince of Peace
Militarist Christendom and the Gospel of the Prince of Peace
"my own book on Christian pacifism, includes a history of Christian objection to war and military service from apostolic times to the present, how war and military service entered into the Christian church. I also discuss conscription and the US Chaplaincy, and the capitulation of mainline denominations to the secular state."
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