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This is a compilation of writings on war, conscription, and social control by dozens of 20th-century figures across politics, art, ethics, and social commentary. The organization by war (including the Cold War) gives us Emma Goldman and W.E.B. DuBois contrasted with the Espionage and Sedition Acts of 1917-18; and Howard Fast and Joseph McCarthy side by side in the Cold War section. Vietnam, Desert Storm, and the second Iraq War have their own sections, featuring antiwar activists and official pronouncements from the administration in office. This is a useful handbook covering many shades of public opinion but generally on the left in orientation. An interesting and valuable collection for public and college libraries.
—Edwin B. Burgess