OverviewIn this thoughtful book culled from a wide range of experiences, Alice and Staughton Lynd introduce readers to what modern clinicians, philosophers, and theologians have attempted to describe as "moral injury." From combat veterans of America's foreign wars to Israeli refuseniks, and from "hardened" criminals in supermax confinement in Ohio to hunger strikers in California's Pelican Bay prison, the Lynds give us the voices of those breaking the cycle of moral injury with courageous acts of nonviolent resistance.
Reviews"The concept of 'moral injury,' so powerfully outlined and then enriched through elegant choreography of data, personal anecdotes, and medical definitions, brings us all some solace." —Doug Rawlings, cofounder of Veterans for Peace, Vietnam veteran
"An emotionally difficult read that will gnaw at your value system, jerk at your humanity, and light a fire under you to take action. This book tears down the prevailing societal scaffolding which reveres war and violence, and with oh-so-gentle hands reconstructs a future built with the utmost respect for the individual, unwavering wisdom of collective nonviolent action, and dogged demand for accountability. Break the cycle of violence before it breaks us all!" —Sam Bahour, coeditor with Staughton and Alice Lynd of Homeland: Oral Histories of Palestine and Palestinians
"This book links the damage done to soldiers and prisoners: the complex ways in which our society uses and abuses the generations we should be empowering rather than destroying. It is a must read for anyone concerned about survival with integrity." —Margaret Randall, author of Haydée Santamaría, Cuban Revolutionary: She Led by Transgression
"Society commemorates wars but tends to forget its veterans, who often return home plagued by shame and guilt for killing; many prisoners also carry the weight of their violent actions and the Lynds do a remarkable job in connecting the struggles of the two without equating them." —Carl Mirra, associate professor, Adelphi University, Marine Corps resister and author of Soldier and Citizens: An Oral History of Operation Iraqi Freedom from the Battlefield to the Pentagon
"Staughton and Alice Lynd have accompanied today's executioners and victims, the soldiers and prisoners of today's empire, on and off death row, in and out of court, by law and by direct action. With decades of experience, courage, patience, and intelligence they listen, learn, and record individual human beings in the belly of the beast who struggle to forgive and to resist. The collaboration results in the highest human faculty of moral reasoning that promises to link the individual, suffering human conscience to restored humanity. Empire cannot withstand even the hint, much less the fulfillment of such promise!" —Peter Linebaugh, author of The Magna Carta Manifesto and Stop, Thief!
Author BiographyAlice Lynd is the author of We Won't Go: Personal Accounts of War Objectors. Staughton Lynd is a historian, lawyer, activist, and author of many books and articles.