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recommended reading

Peter Ackerman and Jack DuVall, A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict (2000). Companion book to PBS series of the same title.

Peter Ackerman and Christopher Kruegler, Strategic Nonviolent Conflict: The Dynamics of People Power in the Twentieth Century (1994). Excellent discussion of the strategic use of nonviolent action.

David Albert, People Power: Applying Nonviolent Theory (1985). Useful general introduction to nonviolent action.

Joan Bondurant, Conquest of Violence (revised ed. 1965). Gandhian nonviolence.

Robert Cooney and Helen Michalowski, The Power of the People: Active Nonviolence in the United States (1977). Inspiring political history with fine text.

Dave Dellinger, Revolutionary Nonviolence (1970). Outstanding political essays.

Barbara Deming, We Are All Part of One Another: A Barbara Deming Reader (1984). The most important feminist theoretician of nonviolence.

Susanne Gowan, et al., Moving Toward a New Society (1976). Analysis, vision, and strategy for a nonviolent revolutionary movement.

Robert A. Irwin, Building a Peace System (1989). Exploration of the requirements and attributes of an international peace system.

George Lakey, Strategy for a Living Revolution (revised ed. 1985). Nonviolent strategic approach.

Pam McAllister, ed., Reweaving the Web of Life: Feminism and Nonviolence (1982).

Gene Sharp, Social Power and Political Freedom (1980). Essays in nonviolence theory.

Gene Sharp, The Politics of Nonviolent Action (1973). Indispensable three-volume reference.

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