8. The Art of Waging Peace: A Strategic Approach to Improving Our Lives and the World

art of waging peacePaul K. Chappell, 2014

Number 8 on my book list to read in 2014. (may or may not be read as numbered)

A few years ago I read Paul K. Chappell’s book, Will War Ever End?: A Soldier’s Vision of Peace in the 21st Century, published in 2011. It is a very well written book. He makes a convincing argument that humans really have an aversion to killing each other and must be organized and molded to go, sustain and kill in war. Paul is not your average peace activist. He is a West Point Graduate who was deployed to Iraq and left the Army as a Captain. He now, like me, sees that war is not inevitable, nor a necessary evil. It is a choice. He has four books on the subject and this is his latest one.

If we are going to bring about peace, and I mean real peace, we must envision a world without war, study why we have war and put more effort to abolish war that conducting war. I’m not sure what peace looks like, but I know it begins with ending war. So let’s get about it.

As of March 1, 2014, this is the end of my must read book list. Other books will probably be added. I’ll keep you up to date.


1. Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 1968

2. Ali’s Greatest Fight – Finished last week of February
Bingham, Howard L., Wallace, Max and Ali, Muhammad, 2012

3. The Sixth Extinction
Elizabeth Kolbert, 2014

4. My Ishmael: A Sequel
Daniel Quinn, 1998

5. Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston, 1937

6. Blues People: Negro Music in White America
Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones), 1963

7. 12 Years a Slave
Solomon Northup

8. The Art of Waging Peace: A Strategic Approach to Improving Our Lives and the World
Paul K. Chappell, 2014

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About Michael T. McPhearson

Currently Michael is executive director of Veterans For Peace and co-chair of the Don't Shoot Coalition, A Saint Louis based coalition that formed in the aftermath of Michael Brown's police killing death in Ferguson, MO. From August 2010 to September 2013, Michael worked as the National Coordinator with United For Peace and Justice. He is a former board member of Veterans For Peace and as well as Executive Director from 2005 to 2010. He works closely with the Newark based People’s Organization for Progress and the Saint Louis centered Organization for Black Struggle. Michel also publishes the Mcphearsonreport.org expressing his views on war and peace, politics, human rights, race and other things. Michael also launched Reclaimthedream.org website as an effort to change the discourse and ignite a new conversation about Dr. Martin Luther King’s message and what it means to live in just and peaceful communities.