Brian Martin: books and booklets



Brian Martin. Better? Is the world going down the drain? (Sparsnäs, Sweden: Irene Publishing, 2024), 260 pages. Brief examinations of climate, death, happiness, war and a dozen other topics, discussing whether things have gotten better or worse over the past half-century.

Brian Martin. Persistent panics: the wars on drugs, crime, terrorism and war (Sparsnäs, Sweden: Irene Publishing, 2022), 310 pages. The four "wars" share features of moral panics and long-lived public scientific controversies. Are there ways to end these persistent panics?

Brian Martin. Truth tactics (Sparsnäs, Sweden: Irene Publishing, 2021), 214 pages. How to draw on your own experiences to learn which sources of information are useful or misleading. Brian illustrates this process by telling how he learned about the effects of nuclear weapons, the debate over the origin of AIDS, and talent.

Brian Martin. Official channels (Sparsnäs, Sweden: Irene Publishing, 2020), 250 pages. Grievance procedures, ombudsmen, courts and other official channels may give only an illusion of solving problems. More attention is needed to developing skills, changing cultures and exploring alternatives.

Jørgen Johansen and Brian Martin. Social defence (Sparsnäs, Sweden: Irene Publishing, 2019), 174 pages. Social defence is nonviolent community resistance as an alternative to military defence.

Brian Martin. Vaccination panic in Australia (Sparsnäs, Sweden: Irene Publishing, 2018), 369 pages. A study of a citizens' campaign to denigrate, harass and censor Australian critics of vaccination.

Brian Martin. The deceptive activist (Sparsnäs, Sweden: Irene Publishing, 2017), 168 pages. Key ideas about lying and deception in everyday life, with case studies for activists.

Brian Martin. Ruling tactics: methods of promoting everyday nationalism, how they serve rulers and how to oppose them (Sparsnäs, Sweden: Irene Publishing, 2017), 261 pages. Case studies in a range of areas, including crime, sport, language, economics, terrorism and war, show how thinking is oriented towards the state and how this sort of thinking can be changed

Brian Martin. Nonviolence Unbound (Sparsnäs, Sweden: Irene Publishing, 2015), 354 pages. Features of nonviolent action are used to analyse responses to verbal abuse and online defamatory comments, and to analyse methods used in disputes over euthanasia and vaccination.

Brian Martin. The Controversy Manual (Sparsnäs, Sweden: Irene Publishing, 2014), 465 pages. A practical guide for understanding and participating in scientific and technological controversies.

Brian Martin. Whistleblowing: A Practical Guide (Sparsnäs, Sweden: Irene Publishing, 2013), 259 pages. This is a revised edition of The Whistleblower's Handbook, 1999

Brian Martin. Doing Good Things Better (Sparsnäs, Sweden: Irene Publishing, 2011), 242 pages

Brian Martin. Justice Ignited: The Dynamics of Backfire (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007), 244 pages

Brian Martin and Wendy Varney. Nonviolence Speaks: Communicating against Repression (Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2003), 240 pages

Brian Martin. Nonviolence versus capitalism (London: War Resisters' International, 2001), 187 pages

Brian Martin. Technology for Nonviolent Struggle (London: War Resisters' International, 2001), 166 pages

Lyn Carson and Brian Martin. Random Selection in Politics (Westport, CT: Praeger, 1999), 169 pages

Brian Martin. The Whistleblower's Handbook: How to Be an Effective Resister (Charlbury, UK: Jon Carpenter; Sydney: Envirobook, 1999), 167 pages

Brian Martin. Information Liberation (London: Freedom Press, 1998), 192 pages

Brian Martin. Tied Knowledge: Power in Higher Education (98tk/, 1998)

Brian Martin. Suppression Stories (Wollongong: Fund for Intellectual Dissent, 1997), 171 pages

Brian Martin. Social Defence, Social Change (London: Freedom Press, 1993), 157 pages

Brian Martin. Scientific Knowledge in Controversy: The Social Dynamics of the Fluoridation Debate (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1991), 266 pages

Brian Martin. Uprooting War (London: Freedom Press, 1984), 309 pages. Revised edition published in Italian as La Piramide Rovesciata: Per Sradicare la Guerra (Molfetta: Edizioni La Meridiana, 1990)

Brian Martin. The Bias of Science (Canberra: Society for Social Responsibility in Science (A.C.T.), 1979), 100 pages


Edited books

Brian Martin (ed.) Technology and Public Participation (Wollongong: Science and Technology Studies, University of Wollongong, 1999), 263 pages

Brian Martin (ed.) Confronting the Experts (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1996), 210 pages

Brian Martin, C. M. Ann Baker, Clyde Manwell and Cedric Pugh (eds.), Intellectual Suppression: Australian Case Histories, Analysis and Responses (Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1986), 316 pages


Edited conference proceedings

Brian Martin (ed.) Educational Integrity: Creating an Inclusive Approach. Proceedings of the 4th Asia Pacific Conference on Educational Integrity (4APCEI), 28-30 September 2009, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia. Available on this site and at


Brian Martin. Backfire manual: tactics against injustice (Sparsnäs, Sweden: Irene Publishing, 2012), 106 pages. A practical handbook for activists. Available in several languages.

Brian Martin, Sharon Callaghan and Chris Fox, with Rosie Wells and Mary Cawte. Challenging Bureaucratic Elites (Wollongong: Schweik Action Wollongong, 1997), 55 pages. Available in html and pdf.

Brian Martin. Strip the Experts (London: Freedom Press, 1991), 69 pages. Published in Italian as L'esperto è nudo!, translated by Roberto Ambrosoli (Milan: Elèuthera, 1993)

Jacki Quilty, Lynne Dickins, Phil Anderson and Brian Martin. Capital Defence: Social Defence for Canberra (Canberra: Canberra Peacemakers, 1986), 68 pages. Published in Italian as Un Modello di Difesa Populare Nonviolenta (Molfetta: Edizioni la Meridiana, 1987). Published in Dutch as Sociale Verdediging voor Canberra (Utrecht: Opleiding Sociale Vredesdienst, 1989).

Brian Martin. Nuclear Knights (Canberra: Rupert Public Interest Movement, 1980), 88 pages. A critique of the pro-nuclear views of Sir Ernest Titterton and Sir Philip Baxter.

Brian Martin. Changing the Cogs: Activists and the Politics of Technology (Canberra: Friends of the Earth, 1979), 84 pages

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