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A Leadership for Peace: How Edwin Ginn Tried to Change the World


reviewed by Charles F. Howlett February 08, 2007

coverTitle: A Leadership for Peace: How Edwin Ginn Tried to Change the World
Author(s): Robert I. Rotberg
Publisher: Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA
ISBN: 0804754551 , Pages: 264, Year: 2006
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Throughout American history peace activists have had to face “the perpetual dilemma of what to do when the values of peace are in apparent conflict with decency, humanity, and justice” (Curti, 1971, p.10). These were the very words put forth by America’s pioneer historian of the American peace movement and Pulitzer Prize-winner, Merle Curti. Certainly, Robert I. Rotberg’s scholarly biography of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century peace leader, Edwin Ginn, highlights this fundamental problem regarding war and peace. This is a modest, yet effective, story of the successful Boston publisher who donated most of his fortune to the cause of world peace. The author’s use of vocabulary and style is commendable. Rotberg, who is president of the World Peace Foundation, the organization Ginn established in 1910, is well-chosen for the task. Rotberg’s ability to place Ginn in proper perspective is not easily achieved. As the author points out, Ginn... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 08, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 13151, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 12:07:07 AM

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  • Charles Howlett
    Molloy College
    CHARLES F. HOWLETT teaches in the Graduate Education Division, Molloy College, where he is responsible for preparing teachers of Social Studies. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Editors of the Long Island Historical Journal. His areas of interest are American Intellectual and Social history, peace movements in America, and peace historiography. He is the author of Troubled Philosopher: John Dewey and the Struggle for World Peace; The American Peace Movement: References and Resources; Brookwood Labor College and the Struggle for Peace and Social Justice in America; and editor of History of the American Peace Movement, 1890-2000: The Emergence of a New Scholarly Discipline. Presently, he is at work on a joint project using primary source documents as teaching aids, along with a historical narrative tentatively entitled, Struggle against War: American Peace Activism in Thought and Practice.
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