February 23, 2008
This book was brilliantly conceived and executed. I like it so much I am adding it to my travel series for recurring selective reading.
I am very impressed by the research and the creative analysis that paved the way for this book to be truly in a class of its own. Indeed, I think the authors are on to something that could and should be a multilingual series used in every classroom on the planet.
While the table of contents is impressive, with twenty great souls selected for concise review, what really got my attention was the Introduction, where the authors observe that after much research, they found five distinct groups or “paths to peace:”
valuing all life, and
caring for the planet.
There is one other, public intelligence (a topic on which I have written four books, published a fifth, and have just commissioned three new edited works (Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace; Peace Intelligence: Assuring a Good Life for All; and Commercial Intelligence: From Moral Green to Golden Peace).
Each of the chapters is short, easy to read, relevant, and concluded by a page of thoughts from the person in their own words, and that is the primary reason this book made the extraordinary leap into permanent travel with me.
Two from Martin Luther King, Jr. represent all that I live to correct:
“The way of acquiescence leads to moral and spiritual suicide.”
“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”
See my varied lists and my many non-fiction reviews for additional reading.
Amazon allows me to add ten links to any review. Here are nine more, six books and three DVDs, on the subject of Peace. I praise God every day for Dick Cheney–only the presence of such a nakedly amoral war criminal could have sparked the revolution in human affairs that is about to take place. Peace is the only winnable war, and the Earth Intelligence Networki, co-founded by 24 leading-edge minds, strives to empower every person on the planet with public intelligence in the public interests.
The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People
A Power Governments Cannot Suppress
The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It
Peacekeeping Intelligence: Emerging Concepts for the Future
The New Craft of Intelligence: Personal, Public, & Political–Citizen’s Action Handbook for Fighting Terrorism, Genocide, Disease, Toxic Bombs, & Corruption
Tibet – Cry of the Snow Lion
The Snow Walker
Peace One Day
I am *very* pleased to have read this book, and I do not plan to put it away. This volume is not just a keeper, it is a travel companion rich with good intentions that are contagious. Well done!