“This book is a response to the charges against pacifism. It is an attempt to set the record straight by exploring the history of movements and ideas for peace–an opportunity for the cause of peace to have its day in court. This is not an apologia for or paean to pacifism, however–far from it. I am often critical of peace advocacy, especially absolute pacifism, and I try to present both the strengths and weaknesses of the various movements and theories for peace that have emerged over the centuries.”