Challenge of Conscience
The Story of Conscientious Objectors 1939–1949
First edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 22 × 14.5cm, xvi + 406pp
From the dustwrapper, "The Second World War brought a challenge to all of us: to think again, further and deeper, to re-assess the values on which we built our individual and national lives, and to make a choice. For most, the path was clear: the war must be fought, and we must fight it. But, there were some who fought another battle, with the conflict and beyond it; and they, the Conscientious Objectors, determined to follow the dictates of conscience wherever they may lead. Denis Hayes, who was Publications Editor to the Central Board for Conscientious Objectors from 1941 to 1947, here tells the story of the conscientious objectors from 1939 to 1949. It is a narrative which is absorbing to those who took part in the struggle and revealing to those who were outside it. It is a valuable commentary on the limitation of personal freedom which modern war imposes on the democratic state".
The book and dustwrapper are in very good condition for age. The book has some foxing to the page edges and a little bumping to the corners. The dustwrapper also has foxing to the edges and has been neatly price-clipped but is now within a protective sleeve.