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Waging Peace In Vietnam: U.S. Soldiers and Veterans Who Opposed the War

Publishing Date: September 10, 2019, by New Village Press and distributed by NYU Press.

Edited by Ron Carver, David Cortright and Barbara Doherty, with an Afterword by Christian G. Appy.

 With first-hand accounts, oral histories, underground newspapers, posters, flyers, and photographs. The book features fourteen original essays by leading scholars and activists.



Advance Praise

“The popular protest and resistance to the US war in Vietnam that developed, most dramatically and effectively, among the soldiers who refused to take part in a criminal war, played a leading role in revealing its horrors. This powerful record of their struggles and achievements is a most welcome contribution, with critical lessons for the future.”

Noam Chomsky, Author of At War with Asia


“No one did more to bring an end to America's cruel and unjust war in Vietnam than the patriotic GIs and veterans who turned against it. This extraordinary history of their struggle should inspire all of us who seek to end the ongoing and interrelated threats of war, nuclear doomsday, and environmental catastrophe.”

Daniel Ellsberg, Author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers


Waging Peace in Vietnam presents unassailable evidence of the power and reach of the anti-war movement among GIs and veterans during the American War in Vietnam. Its publication could not be more timely. In our age of endless wars, political repression, nuclear peril and environmental crisis, this history of individual moral courage and collective solidarity could serve as a primer for the resistance, a guide to the actions of ordinary citizens— soldiers, veterans and civilians—that decisively put an end to the war. This book will inform and hearten people of conscience and enliven our sense of what is possible.”

Carolyn Forché, Author of What You Have Heard is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance


“An extraordinary collection of first-hand accounts and unforgettable photos from the rank-and-file soldiers and GI organizers who spearheaded one of the most important yet often overlooked peace movements in US history. Finally, the amazing story is told of how resistance to the Vietnam War from inside the military helped force an end to that tragic imperial conflict.”

Juan Gonzales, Richard D. Heffner Professor of Communications and Public Policy, Rutgers University, and co-host of Democracy Now


“To be in a military unit and oppose a war that had the blessing of one American president after another took extraordinary courage—the kind that was displayed by only a few in the Congress and, sad to say, by not many more in the media. The men and women who spoke out, often at great cost, during the immoral and unnecessary war in Vietnam are voices that need to be heard again and again, as they are in Waging Peace in Vietnam.”

Seymour Hersh, Pulitzer prize recipient “for his exclusive disclosure of the Vietnam War tragedy at the hamlet of My Lai”


“Waging Peace is an essential reminder of the collaboration between US soldiers and civilians to oppose the Vietnam War. The essays highlight the diversity of the anti-war movement and the war’s far-reaching impact on American and Vietnamese lives. It is required reading for anyone seeking to understand the complexities of what it means to be patriotic in a time of war.”

Heather Marie Stur Ph.D, Associate Professor of History, University of Southern Mississippi; Fulbright Scholar in Vietnam, 2013-14


“This collection of first-person accounts and essays on the GI peace movement is long over-due and much-needed. Active duty military men and women, as well as vets from all branches of the armed forces, marched against the War, reported war crimes or refused deployment to Vietnam, risking court martial and sometimes their lives. ‘For decades after the war, a sort of conspiracy of silence or forgetfulness seemed to erase the significance of these events in helping to end the war,’ Ron Carver writes. Yet the GI movement was crucial to bringing peace to Vietnam, as this book convincingly shows.”

Sophie Quinn-Judge, Author of Ho Chi Minh The Lost Years