All of One Peace: Essays on Nonviolence

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A writer for the Washington Post for twenty-five years, Colman McCarthy is well respected as a pacifist, teacher, journalist, and advocate of nonviolence. In his twice-weekly columns which are nationally syndicated, he has extolled nonviolence as both a philosophy and a practical way of life. As a high-school, college, and law school teacher, he has taught the principles and history of nonviolence to more than three thousand students in the past decade.

What McCarthy has written over the years is, as he puts it, all of one peace. His consistency of vision derives from the indwelling of nonviolence. He blames no one for the culture of violence in which we live, but for a quarter-century he has spoken out honestly and passionately against that culture. All of One Peace is a major part of the body of work that has come to stand for integrity, reason, and candor in a time marked by lies, violence, and absurdity.

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Colman McCarthy is a columnist for the Washington Post. He is the founder and director of the Center for Teaching Peace and is on the adjunct faculty at Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Maryland.

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A collection of essays by a syndicated Washington Post columnist whose radically nonviolent ethos regularly breaks ranks with the establishment liberal crowd. In 1982 McCarthy founded the Center for Teaching Peace, an organization that supports courses on nonviolence, and some of his best columns here recall those classrooms: How college students know ``more about the Bataan death march than Gandhi's salt march'' and how peace education might counteract our society's violent impulses. He critiques the pre-Gulf War flights of rhetoric as ``a textbook example of how not to manage conflict'' and tartly suggests that CNN should more accurately label its programming ``Slaughter in the Gulf.'' If his opposition to the death penalty is predictable, he ups the ante, challenging vengeance-seekers to draw and quarter murderers. He tries to balance the rights of women seeking abortion with the rights of unborn children--which he views as living beings; he supports both those offering alternatives to abortion as well as to overburdened new mothers. McCarthy criticizes Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall for supporting abortion rights and also offers several forceful columns on animal rights, including a spirited account of a vegetarian Thanksgiving. Columns on so-called ``troublesome women,'' such as Montana congresswoman Jeannette Rankin and singer/activist Joan Baez, as well as his defenses of bicycle riding are also good, but his warmhearted columns on baseball, however welcome in a daily newspaper, seem out of place in this package. The brevity of the columns leaves some issues undeveloped, and McCarthy avoids some hard questions--no discussion of the Holocaust here--but he's still an admirable and unusual voice in American journalism. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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