A Letter from the Publisher

Robert Ellsberg


Daniel Berrigan, the Jesuit priest, poet, and renowned peacemaker, died last April, just shy of his 95th birthday.

Jim Forest, his friend and companion in peace work over many decades, began at once to write his biography, and the fruit of his labor is now available: At Play in the Lions’ Den: A Biography and Memoir of Daniel Berrigan. The cover features an iconic photo of Berrigan, following his arrest for burning draft files in Catonsville, mischievously flashing a peace sign with his manacled hands. Lavishly illustrated with many similarly compelling photos as well as sidebar excerpts from Berrigan’s writings, this volume completes Forest’s remarkable trilogy of the great Catholic peacemakers of our time, including Thomas Merton (Living with Wisdom) and Dorothy Day (All is Grace), all of whom he knew intimately. Of the new book, Martin Sheen writes, “Daniel Berrigan’s life was a full measure of grace that soared up and flowed out of all those times and places that witnessed his unyielding personal commitment in word and deed to peace and social justice.”


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