The Book of Ammon : The autobiography of a unique American rebel by Ammon Hennacy

The Book of Ammon : The autobiography of a unique American rebel by Ammon Hennacy ; with an introduction by Steve allen

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[Privately published] : Ammon Hennacy, [1964]. Signed by Ammon Hennacy. Hardcover. 473 pages ; 21 cm. $3.00 dust jacket with minor tears around the dust jacket edges. Pages are age toned and unmarked. Binding is firm.


This is the story of "a one-man revolution" — the autobiography of Ammon Hennacy: American rebel, anarchist, pacifist and non-conforming Roman Catholic.

The life story of Ammon Hennacy is an unrelenting protest against those forces in society that rob of a man his individuality and return to him something of questionable value.

The influence of the writings of Thoreau, Tolstoi and Gandhi are manifested as Ammon Hennacy challenges, quietly but tenaciously, the very moral justification for the existence of some of the most traditionally acceptable American institutions and laws.

The author does not single out government as the sole offender of individualism. An equally barbed attack is also reserved for certain "quasi-religious" and other social institutions that misuse power and exploit the confidence of its members.

The reader will readily discern that the literary style of this book is frank and unpedantic revealing the author as he is.


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, Georgia.

In 1919 he married (common law). In 1921 with his wife they hiked throughout the forty-eight contiguous states. Between 1925-1929 he purchased a farm and became the father of two children.

In 1931 he engaged in social work in Milwaukee. There he organized one of the first social workers unions. With the coming of World War II he again refused to register for the draft. Between 1942 to 1953 he worked as a migrant laborer in the Southwestern States. He became baptized into the Roman Catholic Church in 1952 by an anarchist priest. Between 1953 and 1961 he was an associate editor of the Catholic Worker located in the Bowery area of New York City.

His picketing activities included annual air raid drill protests in New York City between 1955 to 1961. He also expressed protest against war preparation by picketing the A.E.C. at Las Vegas (1957), Cape Kennedy (1958), Washington D. C, (1958) and Mead Field in Omaha (1959).

In 1961 he organized and directed the Joe Hill House of Hospitality in remembrance of the martyrdom of Joe Hill.

While in Utah he has been involved in picketing and fasting protests against scheduled executions of condemned prisoners at the State Prison; fasting on various occasions from 1 2 to 45 consecutive days.

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