Hammer of Justice: Molly Rush and the Plowshares Eight

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On an apparently ordinary day in September 1980, an apparently ordinary woman carrying an apparently ordinary hammer did something extraordinary. This is the story of that woman and what she did, why she did it, and what happened as a result.

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"Liane Norman brilliantly tells the story of Molly Rush, a true hero of our time, resisting nonviolently the onslaught of nuclearism, accepting prison as an expression of love for her children and her country. Norman's faithful narrative ensures a deeply moving and edifying experience for any serious reader." -- Richard Falk, Professor of International Law, Princeton University

"With a fine sense of history, Liane Norman weaves Molly's acts, the family anguish and ordinary daily humdrum happenings into the fabric of the long human struggle for moral life. The effect is startling. From the solemn, compelling history of William Penn, Norman finds a natural harmony of spirit and purpose in the story of Molly Rush in modern-day America. Each confronted the major demons of their moment. With Penn, it was state prohibition of the free exercise of religious faith. With Rush, it was the state pursuit of nuclear holocaust. Each defied authority and stood trial for acts of conscience." -- Ramsey Clark

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This is a well-written popular account of an act of civil disobedience committed in Pennsylvania in 1980, in which nuclear warhead casings at a General Electric plant were damaged by a group calling themselves the Ploughshares Eight. The action touched off a wave of similar antinuclear protests during the 1980s and had important legal repercussions in the realm of civil disobedience. This book focuses on one of the participants, a housewife named Molly Rush, and discusses her involvement with the group and its impact on her family and friends. This serves as a fascinating complement to more technical and legal works such as Francis Anthony Boyle's Defending Civil Resistance Under International Law (Transnational Pub., 1987.)-- Jennifer Scarlott, World Policy Inst., New York
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