Aguilar, Mario I. Contemplating God, Changing the World. New York: Seabury Books, 2008. Aguilar looks at Berrigan and other political and social reformers such as Thomas Merton, Ernesto Cardenal, and Desmond Tutu.
Cargas, Harry J. Daniel Berrigan and Contemporary Protest Poetry. New Haven, Conn.: College and University Press, 1972. In this controversial brief book, the author so identifies with Berrigan’s activism and his poetry that he interprets the burning of draft records as “his finest poem.” He situates Berrigan’s protest poetry in the context of the work of Robert Lowell, Allen Ginsberg, and Amiri Baraka. Notes and references, as well as an index.
Casey, William Van Etten, and Philip Nobile, eds. The Berrigans. New York: Praeger, 1971. This book originated in a special issue of the Holy Cross Quarterly, which needed to print more than sixty thousand copies because of the surprising demand. Such notable figures as Noam Chomsky, Robert McAfee Brown, and Gordon C. Zahn reflect on the meaning and morality of the Berrigans’ civil disobedience. However, Father Andrew M. Greeley’s article, in which he argues that the Berrigans’ activities prolonged the Vietnam War, does not appear because Greeley did not grant reprint rights.
Deedy, John. Apologies, Good Friends . . . : An Interim Biography of Daniel Berrigan. Chicago: Fides/Claretian, 1981. This short account provides a well-written introduction to the first two-thirds of Berrigan’s life, with an emphasis on his peace activities.
Gray, Francine du Plessix. Divine Disobedience: Profiles in Catholic Radicalism. New York: Knopf, 1970. The bulk of this book first appeared in The New Yorker, and it is now widely available as a Vintage paperback. The author devotes well over half of her account to the Berrigans. While her principal concern is their political activism, she does show how Daniel Berrigan’s poetry served his efforts against war and for peace. Index.
Polner, Murray, and Jim O’Grady. Disarmed and Dangerous: The Radical Lives and Times of Daniel and Philip Berrigan. New York: BasicBooks, 1997. The authors trace the paths of the Berrigans as they become activist priests and analyze their legacy.
True, Michael, ed. Daniel Berrigan: Poetry, Drama, Prose. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 1988. This anthology contains selections from all the genres in which Berrigan has written, from poetry and parables to essays and autobiographical pieces. The book contains a helpful introduction and chronology (1921 to 1987), as well as a section on Berrigan’s books, films, and recordings.