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Informed activism is principled and effective activism. PSR aims to provide the best materials for its network of members and activists to work at the grassroots level against nuclear weapons, global warming, and environmental contamination. Select an Issue or Resource Type to search for up-to-date information to help you take action in your community.
When Smoke Ran Like Water
Devra Davis mixes passion, personality, and pollution studies in a compelling narrative that takes the non-scientific reader through an introduction to the highlights and history of environmental health. Read more »
This small, powerful book is a testament to collections of essays. You can read War Talk in one sitting and be reminded of the importance of language, of expression, of passion, of the written word, to political discourse. Read more »
War Hospital: A True Story of Surgery and Survival
This is an important, gripping book about doctors in wartime. Read more »
War and Public Health
Back in the 60s peace activists sported a bumper sticker that read: “War is not good for children and other living creatures.” In a way, that sums up Barry S. Levy and Victor W. Sidel’s “War and Public Health,” where 46 experts on everything from epidemiology to international law weigh in on the authors’ central premise: “War and militarism have catastrophic effects on human health and well being.”
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The Unconquerable World
This is Jonathan Schell's most ambitious book. It is an elegant, extended essay that argues essentially that modern war is obsolete. Read more »
The Omnivore’s Dilemma
When is a hamburger not a hamburger? Michael Pollan might answer, “When it is the final product of the industrial food chain, responsible for the cornification of the food system. Your burger is really a thinly disguised pile of corn.” Read more »
The Discovery of Global Warming
The Discovery of Global Warming should offer hope to humanity as well as persuasive proof to policy makers and pundits that climate change is real, is caused by humans, and deserves action. Read more »
Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers
Daniel Ellsberg’s Secrets should be required reading in this season of American omnipotence and preemptive war. Read more »
Public Health and Social Justice Reader
Martin T. Donohoe, MD, is adjunct associate professor in Community Health at Portland State University. He is chief scientific advisor to Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility's Campaign for Safe Foods.
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Prescription for Survival: A Doctor's Journey to End Nuclear Madness
In Prescription for Survival, Bernard Lown tells the remarkable story of how he and Eugene Chazov, cardiologists whose countries were on opposite sides of the Cold War, created and nurtured the organization International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) from its inception in 1980 through its receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.
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