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Great Peacemakers: True Stories from Around the World [Hardcover]

by Ken Beller, Heather Chase
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Book Description

February 12, 2008 0980138205 978-0980138207
Winner of more than 30 awards, and endorsed by 3 Presidents and 3 Nobel Peace Prize winners, Great Peacemakers is an entertaining and inspirational read. In this book you will meet twenty inspiring individuals who have made peace their choice in life, from a Vietnamese monk to a Brazilian musician, from a Swedish children’s author to an Iranian-American architect. Exploring a wide range of approaches to peacemaking, Great Peacemakers is organized into five paths to peace: choosing nonviolence, living peace, honoring diversity, valuing all life, and caring for the planet. Each path showcases the true life stories of four amazing peacemakers who have successfully cultivated peace in a variety of ways. Whether you are a parent seeking positive roles models for your children, an educator looking for thought-provoking material for your students, or someone simply wanting an uplifting read, then Great Peacemakers is sure to meet your needs and inspire the peacemaker in you. Read this book and find out why Dr. Oscar Arias, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president of Costa Rica, said, “Powerful, well-researched and, above all, timely, Great Peacemakers should be required reading for the youth of the world.”

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: LTS Press (February 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980138205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980138207
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ken Beller is the cofounder and president of Near Bridge, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in linking employee and customer values to the bottom line. Near Bridge's groundbreaking research reveals the hidden factors that motivate people of different generations and provides practical ways to engage and empower employees and turn customers into raving fans.

Ken is the lead author of the highly-praised book, The Consistent Consumer: Predicting Future Behavior Through Lasting Values. Jim Kouzes, coauthor of The Leadership Challenge and president emeritus of The Tom Peters Group, called The Consistent Consumer "one of the most important books on customers to come out in years."

With his wife, Heather Chase, Ken coauthored the book Great Peacemakers, which tells the inspiring life stories of 20 luminaries from around the world. The book has won more than 30 awards and is endorsed by 3 presidents and 3 Nobel Peace Prize winners.

An accomplished international business leader, Ken has lived and worked in 20 countries across North America, Europe, and Asia. Throughout his career, he has successfully developed, implemented, and run multicultural and cross-functional initiatives for some of the world's leading companies, including General Electric, Daimler Benz, Applied Materials, and NASA.

Well-versed in all aspects of large and small business operations, Ken has grown and managed organizations with annual revenues ranging from $500 thousand to over $100 million and he has been responsible for the operations strategy of a $1 billion business. He has substantial hands-on expertise in global business planning, acquisition integration, process and product development, engineering, operations, human capital development, employee engagement, and organizational performance.

Whether delivering keynote speeches to thousands, facilitating live workshops for hundreds, or coaching executives one-on-one, Ken's dynamic style engages and entertains while his depth of knowledge and experience makes the information readily applicable to real-world situations.

Holding a B.S. in chemical engineering, he is a graduate of General Electric's prestigious Chemical and Materials Management training program. Ken has received numerous awards, including a Presidential Award from General Electric and a Group Achievement Award from the head of NASA for major contributions on NASA's space shuttle's solid rocket booster motors.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure for our times! February 23, 2008
Great Peacemakers is a fascinating read about twenty incredible people--some famous or familiar, some less so--whose positive influences have reverberated around the world and affected modern history in surprisingly countless ways. The authors carefully and thoughtfully organized the peacemakers and their particular areas of focus into five categories, or paths: Choosing Nonviolence, Living Peace, Honoring Diversity, Valuing All Life, and Caring for the Planet. Each theme has a vital point of social, political, environmental, and ethical significance and urgency, conveyed through the courage, creativity, and insights of the peacemakers.

In selecting the peacemakers to profile, the authors strove for balance of race, nationality, religion, gender, age, and level of fame. The outcome is an exceptional collection of intriguing personalities and role models, each one equally memorable and inspirational. The text is easy to read but intelligently composed. Each segment consists of five pages that highlight the overall theme of each person's life. This format prevents the reader from getting bogged down in detail while gleaning the essence of the peacemakers, their accomplishments and challenges, and their individual approaches to peace. The photographs bring the individuals to life, and the quotations at the end of each segment encapsulate the core of their messages in memorable affirmations.

Great Peacemakers is the kind of book that you want to read from cover to cover. Because each segment is self-contained, it's easy to complete just one a day, if time is limited, or if you want to use it as a topic of meditation, discussion, or further exploration.

This book is ideal for youth through adults.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond 5 Stars--Marks Beginning of Era of Peace 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:"

choosing nonviolence,

living peace,

honoring diversity,

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.
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Who said these revealing STATEMENTS?

(1) "Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided [people]."
(2) "If peace is what every government says it seeks, and peace is the yearning of every heart, [then] why aren't we studying it and teaching it in schools."
(3) "It is far too easy to discourage, all to easy to criticize, to complain, to rebuke. Let us try instead to see even a small amount of good in a person and concentrate on that."
(4) "If we want to save face as a civilized nation, we have to resolve some questions--ethical ones, not economic."
(5) "War is more than a metaphor; we are in a real struggle to protect the life support systems of the planet from a degradation that is every bit as threatening as a bomb or bullet."

The above five statements were made by five of the twenty peacemakers (that is, those "individuals who have made peace their choice in life") profiled in this powerful, inspirational book. Note that on the book's cover (displayed above by Amazon or available at the book`s Internet site, great is what looks like a round convex mirror that is reflecting the coloured portraits of the twenty peacemakers (six of whom are female, nine of whom are deceased) profiled in this book.

The book's authors are (A) Ken Beller, cofounder and president of "a consulting firm that links values to the bottom line" and (B) Heather Chase, founder of an "international group of models dedicated to promoting animal-friendly and environmentally-conscious products and causes."

The book itself represents five years of research.

The main feature of this book is how it is organized.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No better way to reach students that I have tutored
I have used Great Peacemakers with many of the students that I have tutored over the last five years. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Marcia C Caldwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic Resource
There are some surprises here. Not everyone chosen for inclusion is famous and well-known, but their works are inspirational. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Janis Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read collection
Each one of these brief biographies captures the story of a giant in peacemaking. There is a unique diversity that makes this book a real treasure trove.
Published 1 month ago by A. Debs
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
A lot of extraordinary people in our world, whether you agree with their conclusions about how to spend their life's efforts or not. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Don L Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that can inspire and elevate individuals and...
To receive the book, Great Peacemakers: Stories from Around the World, as one year ends and another begins is fortuitous beyond measure. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lee Gardenswartz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Peacemakers is for children also!
I purchased the book, Great Peacemakers, for my 10 year old grand daughter
after she was selected to be a 'peacemaker' on the school playground. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mary S. Saint Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Very powerful true-life stories
Very powerful true-life stories. I will use them as examples of negotiation, how to create value by developing no violent solutions to our problems.
Published 4 months ago by Eduardo Saleh
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Readers everywhere
It is nice to be reminded that there are people who live selfless lives and think of others. We have enough self-centered aspects of our modern society that it was inspiring to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Terry Dunning
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! I couldn't put it down.
This is a story of 20 people, past and present, who the editors felt best represented peacemakers. Many I have heard of, but several I have never heard of, and a couple I learned... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cynthia Hoelscher
5.0 out of 5 stars Something refreshingly Different.
These true stories of notable people, mostly overcoming difficult circumstances and their eventual successes was inspiring and clearly would provide inspirations to those who are... Read more
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