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Co-Author of A Global Security System: An Alternative to War (2015, 2016, 2017).
War Is Never Just (2016) — This critique of “Just War” theory finds the criteria it uses to be either unmeasurable, unachievable, or amoral, and the perspective it takes too narrow, arguing that belief in the possibility of a just war does tremendous damage by facilitating enormous investment in war preparations–which strips resources from human and environmental needs while creating momentum for numerous unjust wars. Swanson builds a case that the time has come to set behind us the idea that a war can ever be just.
War Is A Lie: Second Edition (2016) — widely praised best-selling classic. “There are three insightful books I’ve read that explain how and why no good can come of the current U.S. reliance on military force and war in seeking its desired ‘Pax Americana’: War Is A Racket by General Smedley Butler; War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning by Chris Hedges, and War Is A Lie by David Swanson.” — Coleen Rowley, former FBI special agent, whistleblower, and Time magazine person of the year.
Killing Is Not a Way of Life (2014)
War No More: The Case for Abolition (2013) — with a foreword by Kathy Kelly.
When the World Outlawed War (2011) — named by Ralph Nader as one of the six books everyone should read. A forgotten story from the 1920s of how people created a treaty to ban all war — a treaty still on the books but not remembered.
Iraq War Among World’s Worst Events (2013) — At 10 years since the launch of Operation Iraqi Liberation (to use the original name with the appropriate acronym, OIL) and over 22 years since Operation Desert Storm, there is little evidence that any significant number of people in the United States have a realistic idea of what our government has done to the people of Iraq, or of how these actions compare to other horrors of world history.
Tube World (2012) — This children’s book has received an enthusiastic initial response.
The Military Industrial Complex at 50 (2012) — the most comprehensive collection available explaining what the military industrial complex is, where it comes from, what damage it does, what further destruction it threatens, and what can be done and is being done to chart a different course.
Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union (2009) — “There have now been many books written which chronicle the imperial, lawless presidency of the Bush era, but Swanson’s superb new book — Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union — is one of the very few to examine how we can recover from it and reverse its pernicious trends.” –Glenn Greenwald
The 35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for Prosecuting George W. Bush (2008) — Now more than ever.