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“Turns out strange bedfellows are common in the history of American anti-war sentiment, as evidenced in the new anthology We Who Dared to Say No To War…. Together [Polner and Woods have] assembled almost two centuries’ worth of writing condemning American military actions from the War of 1812 to more recent misadventures in the Middle East, while celebrating the fact that the noble cause of peace in this country has often attracted wildly opposing un-likes… Democracy and war, these pieces collectively suggest, may be the strangest, and worst, bedfellows of all.”
“We stopped counting the number of wonderful advocates of peace in this book. It’s like finally finding a kindred group of like minds with whom you can feel at home…. This is an anthology well worth the read. It might also help you feel that peace is a battle worth waging, so to speak.”
“Read it and weep … and cheer. Weep because we’ve been lied into wars in very similar ways for two centuries and have had to discover the deception anew each time. Cheer because some people have been there to denounce the lies on the spot every time, and their ranks have steadily grown.”
“History repeats itself, and Polner and Woods remind us that both Leftist dissent against jingoism and Rightist opposition to governments swollen by war run throughout American history.”
“Representing both sides of the ideological divide, editors Polner and Woods have collected a vast and varied array of speeches, essays, letters, poetry, even popular song lyrics, from our country’s greatest leaders and civilians to illustrate the indelible and instinctive response war-mongering and war evoke…. With current antiwar rhetoric…running at a fevered pitch, such historical documentation demonstrates, sadly, that it is also running true to course.”
Scott McConnell, editor of The American Conservative
“You don’t have to oppose all American wars to appreciate Tom Woods and Murray Polner’s masterful anthology. These essays vividly demonstrate why ‘dissent is patriotic’ is no mere peacenik slogan.”
Bob Keeler, Newsday Editorial Board
“Standing up to the rhetoric of war is never easy. We Who Dared to Say No to War provides today’s private-citizen peacemakers and public officials with the valuable assurance that others have spoken prophetically against wars for most of our nation’s history. Polner and Woods deserve our deep gratitude for assembling these brave speeches from wars past.”
Rick Shenkman, Author of Just How Stupid Are We?
“While it is the warmakers who usually garner public attention, Polner and Woods remind us that the peacemakers often have had more to say. For it is they who speak to our conscience. In times like these, it is reassuring to know that our history is filled with people who questioned war and asked: why?”
"Polner and Woods have pored through diaries, speeches, and newspapers and dug into old archives to bring together 70 impassioned, learned, and probing rejections of war as a means of solving problems, ending violence, and bringing peace and democracy."
"We Who Dared To Say No To War reminds us that our anti-war streak is a lot wider, deeper and more all-American than today's flag-waving proponents of the Iraq war think."
History News Network
“Editors Murray Polner and Thomas E. Woods, Jr. remind us that those opposed to President George W. Bush’s adventure in Iraq are part of an antiwar tradition in American history well established before it was rediscovered by the Vietnam generation.”
The American Catholic
“This is a book that deserves to be widely used in American History classes from high school to university. It should help students – and the rest of us – reflect on the history of our country with a better grasp of those times when it betrayed its highest values by choosing violence. From Daniel Webster’s protest against the draft for the war of 1812 to Camillo Bica’s open letter to fellow veterans of the war in Iraq, it raises the right questions about how the U.S. should try to solve its deepest problems.”