David A. J. Richards is Edwin D. Webb Professor of Law at New York University. He is the author of eleven books, including Conscience and the Constitution: History, Theory, and Law of the Reconstruction Amendments, and Women, Gays, and the Constitution: The Grounds for Feminism and Gay Rights in Culture and Law.
Masculine codes of honor and dominance often are expressed in acts of violence, including war and terrorism. In Disarming Manhood: Roots of Ethical Resistance, David A. J. Richards examines the lives of five famous men—great leaders and crusaders—who actively resisted violence and presented more humane alternatives to further their causes. Richards argues that William Lloyd Garrison, Leo Tolstoy, Mohandas Gandhi, Winston Churchill, and Martin Luther King Jr.