This book arises from a sense of compulsion, even duty, to set forth the tortuous path of intellectual and religious searching for the Truth which I have traveled as Quaker, pacifist, and economist. The path has been beset with doubts, confusion, error, hard work, and gratifying illuminations.
It is a personal journey in two senses. Part One is my journey through professional assignments in the Third World: the people I have met and what we said to each other - in government, in the universities, in a land invasion, and in the slums. Part Two is my journey through history, trying to sense the meaning of what I had experienced. Inspiring me in both parts is the Society of Friends, with whose members I have shared many of my feelings. But this book is intended for others of similar mind as well as for Quakers. Much of it is about why I wrote it.
After desert-like years of uncertainty and search, both insights and continuing questions have sprung forth. Perhaps together we can face the problem: How can the values Quakers hold dear be affirmed in these times of great social revolution?