Wayne R. Ferren Jr. releases ‘Conscientious Objector: A Journey of Peace, Justice, Culture, and Environment’

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New book depicts how civilian service through conscientious objection is an alternative path to waging war

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On a personal level, it is the story of a young man trying to articulate his beliefs in a time of changing morals, ethics, and Supreme Court rulings.

War is never the answer — this is at the core of “Conscientious Objector: A Journey of Peace, Justice, Culture, and Environment” (published by Archway Publishing) from Wayne R. Ferren Jr. In this memoir, the author looks back at how his background, scientific training and transcendentalism have guided him on a path of conscientious objection, service and conservation, believing all things are sacred.

As a conscientious objector opposed to all wars, Ferren argued that he should be excluded from fighting in or supporting the Vietnam War. Following a successful defense of his claim, he served two years of alternative civilian service, which influenced his professional and personal life for the next 50 years. Here, he takes readers through his journey as he faced trials and obstacles on his chosen path of peace and harmony. He also details the stories of three other young men who experienced profoundly different consequences from their choices to serve or not serve during the Vietnam War, including life, death and prison.

“This book will appeal to a broad audience because it covers in detail the events, places, and many important characters of an important and tumultuous time in the history of our country including the Vietnam War, social justice milestones, scientific advances, and environmentalism such as the first Earth Day,” Ferren states. “On a personal level, it is the story of a young man trying to articulate his beliefs in a time of changing morals, ethics, and Supreme Court rulings. My book provides a path for other young people with similar beliefs who may be confronted in the future with multifaceted challenges they must resolve.”

Visit https://www.archwaypublishing.com/en/bookstore/bookdetails/778153-conscientious-objector to purchase a copy and know more.

“Conscientious Objector: A Journey of Peace, Justice, Culture, and Environment”
By Wayne R. Ferren Jr.
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 538 pages | ISBN 9781480897038
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 538 pages | ISBN 9781480897052
E-Book | 538 pages | ISBN 9781480897045
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Wayne R. Ferren Jr. is a conscientious objector who performed alternative civilian service at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (now of Drexel University) during the Vietnam War. He earned a bachelor of geology and a master of biology from Rutgers University. He worked as a botanist at the University of California, Santa Barbara for 26 years, serving in various capacities including the executive director of the Museum of Systematics and Ecology; director of Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve; and assistant director of the UCSB Natural Reserve System. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and the recipient of many environmental awards.

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the worldwide leader in self-publishing, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit archwaypublishing.com or call 844-669-3957.

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