“These prize-winning essays from among thousands submitted by young people in a competition sponsored by the Elie Wiesel Foundation over the last twenty years, are exemplary not only for their personal engagement, intellectual acuity, and articulate nature, but also for not yielding up moral issues in despair when dealing with the genocidal enormities and other salient humanitarian challenges of our time. Their range is extraordinary, covering political oppression, racial prejudice, severe economic hardship, AIDS, the terminally ill, the duty of memory, the role of literature, and the struggle for identity. They are brave and diverse documents of a coming of age in an era that tests the ethical compass of all of us.”—Geoffrey Hartman, author of A Scholar's Tale: Intellectual Journey of a Displaced Child of Europe
"Each student featured in this volume views human endeavor through an ethical lens, creating a distinct and distinctly sustainable advantage in navigating our increasingly interconnected and thus ethically interdependent world. These are the types of leaders we desperately need; individuals who think about the ethical dimensions of their decisions and actions, and who are inspired by sustainable values to propel their journeys of innovation, progress, and significance. Their admirable example is why every aspiring young leader—and their mentors—should read this book."—Dov Seidman, author of HOW and CEO of LRN, corporate sponsor of the Ethics Prize
"Listen to the ethical voices within, Wiesel suggests in his Preface. This is precisely what these student essayists have done. Now the collection will encourage and guide others in doing the same."--Chicago Jewish Star
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About the Author
Elie Wiesel is the author of more than forty books, including the internationally acclaimed memoir Night. He is the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace and teaches at Boston University.
Thomas Friedman is a Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist and a columnist for the New York Times. He is the author of The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century and other best-selling books.