Compiled by Bradford Lyttle; v. 6/6/00

Booksellers specializing in pacifism & nonviolence

Greenleaf Books, RFD 1, Box 222, Canton, ME 04221; Tel: 207.388.2860.
They sell books by and about Gandhi and many other books about pacifism and nonviolence.
This outlet has no website yet.
Other sources for similar books are

The Fellowship of Reconciliation, Box 271, Nyack, NY 10960; Tel: 914.358.4601
Their website is
Their main page for book sales and book descriptions has links to several sections including.
books about nonviolence
and books about famous nonviolent leaders for sale through the internet.

The War Resisters League, 339 Lafayette St., NY, NY 10012; Tel:212.228.0450.
Their website is
They sell publications, including some on the web through their publications and their resources pages.

Recommendations for other works on pacifism and nonviolence can be obtained from
Bradford Lyttle, 5729 S. Dorchester Ave., Chicago, IL 60637; Tel: 773.324.0654, Email:

The following list of materials is intended to be helpful for understanding and improving the theory of nonviolence. These materials may be especially helpful to to demonstrate why the military approach is morally and practically a mistake. Some also describe nonviolent alternatives to miltiary force.
Many of the items may be out of print or difficult to find. We will post current availability as we find out.


A Testament of Youth; Vera Brittain; Victor Gollancz, Ltd., 14 Henrietta St., Covent Garden, London, England; 1933/1937; 662pp.; The story of how World War I devastated the life of a young English woman.

The New Testament Basis of Pacifism; G.H.C. Macgregor; Fellowship of Reconciliation, 38 Gordon Square, London WC1, England; 1936/1953; 112pp.

Hiroshima; John Hersey; A.A. Knopf, NY, NY; 1946; 117pp.

National Defense thru Nonviolent Resistance; Bradford Lyttle; Shan-ti Sena Publications, 5729 S. Dorchester Ave., Chicago, IL 60637; 1958; 69 pp. $2


The Story of My Experiments with Truth; M.K. Gandhi; Beacon Press; Boston; 1927/57; 528pp.

Satyagraha in South Africa; M.K. Gandhi; Navajivan Publishing House, Ahmedabad 14, India; 1928; 317pp.

From Yeravda Mandir; M.K. Gandhi; Navajivan Publishing House, Ahmedabad, India; 1932; 44pp.; A summary of Gandhi's principles for practicing nonviolent resistance. Written in Yeravda Prison.

Stride Toward Freedom; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Ballantine Books, Inc., NY, NY; 1960; 190pp.

The Power of Nonviolence; Richard B. Gregg; Shocken Books, NY; 1935/59; 192pp.; A secular, psychological explanation of how nonviolent resistance works.

"On the Duty of Civil Disobedience"; Henry David Thoreau; 1849; about 25pp.; This essay has been printed in many editions. Today, it usually can be found included in paperback editions of Thoreau's Walden.

Leo Tolstoy: Writings on Civil Disobedience and Nonviolence; Introduction by David H. Albert, Foreword by George Zabelka; New Society Publishers, Philadelphia, PA & Santa Cruz, CA; 1987; 426pp.

The Politics of Nonviolent Action; Gene Sharp; Extending Horizons Books, Porter Sargent Publisher, 11 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108; 1973; 902pp.; Many examples of the use of nonviolent resistance.
The 1985 edition (now 3 volumes) is available online through the FOR Bookstore

The Quiet Battle; Mulford Q. Sibley; Doubleday, Garden City, NY; 1963; 390pp.; A secular interpretation of nonviolence with illustrations of the use of nonviolence.

Nonviolence in America: A Documentary History; Staughton Lynd; Bobbs-Merrill, Co, Inc.; 1966; 535pp.

On Revolution and Equilibrium; Barbara Deming; A.J. Muste memorial Institute; 339 Lafayette St., NYC 10012; A modern classical essay.

Conquest of Violence: The Gandhian Philosophy of Conflict; Joan V. Bondurant; Princeton University Press; 1958/88; 281pp.
Princeton University Press sells this book online.

Defense through nonviolent resistance

The Strategy of Nonviolent Defense: A Gandhian Approach; Robert J. Burrowes; State University of New York Press, Albany, NY; 1996; 367pp.
SUNY Press has information about this book for sales online.

National Security Through Civilian-Based Defense; Gene Sharp; Association for Transarmament Studies, Omaha, NE; 1970/85; 92pp.

Social Defence Social Change; Brian Martin; Freedom Press, London; 1993; 157pp.

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