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The Book Of Ammon

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Ammon Hennacy was born July 24, 1893 in Negley, Ohio. His formal education consisted of one year each at three institutions: Hiram College in Ohio (1913), University of Wisconsin (1914), and Ohio State University (1915). With the outbreak of World War I he refused to register for military service and consequently served two years in the U.S. Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta

Paperback, 510 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by Fortkamp (first published 1954)
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David Gross
Reading this book isn’t a bit like reading Mother Jones or Reason or watching a Michael Moore documentary or reading 99% of the political blogs out there. It’s no exposé of the evils They are perpetrating, but instead it’s the story of one man who is trying to turn his back on those evils and start walking the other way. The challenge Ammon Hennacy makes is not to “the system” or “the government” or to any particular politicians or evildoers, but to those of us who read his words and who haven’t ...more
One of my personal/spiritual heroes. Look him up on Wiki. Ammon was a contemporary of Dorothy Day, a Christian Anarchist, and a man who practiced what he preached as closely as any mere mortal you might read about. He was a war resister during WWI and was a day laborer his whole life. But he is a man, so there's just a little bit about the wife and kids that he left behind to practice what he preached. He didn't abandon them, but I'm always miffed when I read about someone who I admire and there ...more
I wanted to read this book because it was about a man who acted on his conscience. He was strongly against supporting any war, either personally or through paying taxes, so he refused to register for the draft or pay income tax. He also picketted against the death penalty, and as you can imagine, this got him into a lot of personal confrontations as well as jail from time to time.

I respect him for his stands even though I would not go nearly as far as he did. Most people didn't, and wouldn't bec
There were some gems here and there, but overall I found the book to mostly be a collection of long rants and ramblings of Ammon Hennacy, many of which I had a hard time agreeing with or even making sense of. Hennacy did some great things in his life, and helped many people, but in the end I found it depressing that he seemed to have gone from a revolutionary worker struggling for substantive change to an individualist that could help people here and there, but had no realistic solutions to the ...more
At times this is a didactic volume giving instruction on anarchism, pacifism and non-church Christianity. At times, it is a travel diary. It is largely valuable for being a case study in how to live, to paraphrase Hennacy himself, in the assurance that while you won't change the world it damned sure won't change you.

Chapter 18 offers the most concise answers for what Hennacy thinks on a variety of topics and is arranged as a question-and-answer session. No doubt, these were questions lobbed his
Samuel Stevenson
A fantastically unique autobiography in astounding (if not a little excessive) detail.

Ammon Hennacy was one of the world's few self-defined and thoroughly devoted Catholic Anarchists. He lived during the beginning of the 20th century, his spiritual politics understood by very few at the time. One of these few was Dorothy Day, the co-creator of the Catholic Worker movement.

He was known for his Gandhian approach to politics and his conscientious refusal to pay taxes.
I may be reading this book forever.

update: finished!! This book was clearly published unedited. Lots of interesting tidbits if you wade through it all, but I don't recommend it. I think I learned more about Ammon Hennacy in the brief excerpt he includes from Dorothy Day's book towards the end, than in the rest of the book combined.
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