Working for Peace and Justice: Memoirs of an Activist Intellectual

PANYS congratulates one of our national Peace Action board representatives and Upper Hudson Peace Action member Larry Wittner on the publication of his new book, Working for Peace and Justice: Memoirs of an Activist Intellectual. Larry is an incredible activist and an expert on nuclear weapons, and he has published several academic works in the past (see below the jump for more!). Click here to order and read more about his new book. You can get more information, reviews, and a word from the author himself by clicking “read more” – congratulations, Larry!

Here is the “about the author” quote from the publisher of his new book, the University of Tennessee Press:

Lawrence S. Wittner, emeritus professor of history at the University at Albany, SUNY, is the author of numerous scholarly works, including the award-winning three-volume Struggle Against the Bomb. Among other awards and honors, he has received major grants or fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Aspen Institute, the United States Institute of Peace, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Here is a little about the book from the author himself…

Yes, it’s an autobiography.  But it’s much more than that, for it provides an insider’s account of three major social movements of the past half-century in which I’ve participated:  the peace movement, the racial justice movement, and the labor movement.  As a long-time peace activist, I participated in everything from the campaign against nuclear testing (when I picketed outside the Kennedy White House), to the struggle against the Vietnam War, to the presidency of the Peace History Society, to resistance to U.S. intervention in Central America (which led to my second arrest), to my leading the anti-nuclear march through Hiroshima, to my service on the national board of Peace Action.  I was also active as a civil rights worker in the Deep South, as an anti-apartheid agitator in the Free South Africa movement (which led to my first arrest!), as a channeler of U.S. union funds to the heavily-repressed Congress of South African Trade Unions during the apartheid era, as an academic union leader, as the executive secretary of the Albany County Central Federation of Labor (which I am today), as a peace and social justice song-writer and performer, and in many other capacities.

Some advance praise of the book…

“Larry Wittner’s life and work are inspiring on their own, but he recounts them in such a frank, open manner that he has crafted a real page-turner. Working for Peace and Justice takes you along on a joyful ride of discovery through the life of a model citizen/scholar/activist.”
—Kevin Martin, Executive Director, Peace Action

“Scholar, activist, and troubadour Larry Wittner has gifted us with his bold life’s journey for world betterment. Vividly written and deeply moving, this timely, splendid book will inform and hearten everyone concerned about peace and freedom, justice, democracy, and human rights.”
—Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of Eleanor Roosevelt and Distinguished Professor of History and Women’s Studies, John Jay College & Graduate Center, CUNY

“The season has come for memoirs of the children of the 1960s who became academics and changed the academy, and this memoir is a jewel of the genre: wonderfully lucid, evocative, honest, unpretentious, precise, and interesting. Larry Wittner’s splendid account reflects his deep good-spiritedness and describes his many years of activist struggle for peace and social justice.”
―Gary Dorrien, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary; Professor of Religion, Columbia University

“It is fascinating to peer into the personal life of Lawrence Wittner—the great chronicler of the antinuclear movement—in this quite amazing autobiography. He has lived an exemplary life, one that we all should try and emulate in our own individual ways.”
―Helen Caldicott, Founding President, Physicians for Social Responsibility

“Working for Peace and Justice provides a readable narrative of what it takes and the price one pays when the choice is made both to live a life of thought and contemplation and to act on a genuine commitment to make the world a safer and better place. Whether he was formulating ideas for world peace or walking a picket line, Larry Wittner was there and his impact was felt. We can all learn lessons from this wonderful memoir.”
―Bill Scheuerman, former President, United University Professions; retired President, National Labor College

“Larry Wittner’s engaging and important memoir reminds me of why his work, his scholarship, and his activism have made me proud to be an American historian. It is a record of democratic social struggle, as well as a gift to those in the next generation who will have the courage and ambition to follow his example of working for a better world.”
―Martin J. Sherwin, winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for biography

“Larry Wittner has been—and remains—a great union activist. Read this book and
you’ll learn what Solidarity really means!”
―Bill Ritchie, President, Albany County Central Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

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