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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Easton Studio Press (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935212761
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935212768
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul K. Chappell graduated from West Point in 2002. He served in the army for seven years, was deployed to Baghdad in 2006, and left active duty in November 2009 as a Captain. He is the author of Will War Ever End?, The End of War, and Peaceful Revolution, and he is working on his fourth book, The Art of Waging Peace. He is currently serving as the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and he speaks throughout the country to colleges, high schools, veterans groups, churches, and activist organizations.

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Paul K. Chappell graduated from West Point in 2002, was deployed to Iraq, and left active duty in November 2009 as a Captain. He is the author of the Road to Peace series, a seven-book series about waging peace, ending war, the art of living, and what it means to be human. The first four published books in this series are Will War Ever End?, The End of War, Peaceful Revolution, and The Art of Waging Peace. Chappell serves as the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Lecturing across the country and internationally, he also teaches college courses and workshops on Peace Leadership. He grew up in Alabama, the son of a half-black and half-white father who fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars, and a Korean mother. His website is www.peacefulrevolution.com.

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This was a fresh and excellent read.
Evita
In his book PEACEFUL REVOLUTION author Paul Chappell shows that he not only believes peace is possible, but that it begins with us.
Cyrus Webb
Also, Paul is an extremely cogent and meticulous writer, which made the indexing process really fun.
Joanne E. Sprott

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By TL Scully on February 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
"All the missiles and bombs in the world cannot save humanity in the 21st Century." - Paul Chappell

"Revolution" was a bit of a revelation for me. Perhaps not all readers will be as easily convinced, but Chappell truly persuaded me that no one (aside from a psychopath) is a lost cause--not even those shaped by violence and rage who believe that war (in all its forms) is inevitable. Chappell is himself proof of this thesis. As an abused, mixed-race child, he grew up believing violence is part of being human, and he joined the Army thinking war was a necessary means of resolving conflicts. Now he's dedicated his life to waging peace.

At first glance, it seems unlikely that a West Point graduate and Iraq War vet would write a book about peace, but it's precisely this experience that uniquely qualifies Chappell to do so. This isn't naïve, hippie stuff, but the work of a highly disciplined soldier grappling with the reality of war.

Using the excellent education he obtained at West Point, Chappel makes a compelling case for the possibility of peace.
He quotes other famous military men, such as Smedley Butler and Ike Eisenhower, to support his view. But his own words are just as persuasive: "We must use reason to question and refute the myths that keep the war machine running. When people believe the myth that we are naturally violent, peace is viewed as a naïve dream and war seems inevitable. Reason tells us that this could not be further from the truth."

His prose is also often quite beautiful. In this passage, his unit is carefully picking its way through a ravaged neighborhood in Baghdad: "As the sun bled through cracked walls, I felt like I was walking through a museum where every piece of debris testified to our ability to summon death.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joanne E. Sprott on February 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
I had edited one of Paul's previous books, Will War Ever End? and was already impressed with his thought as well as his feelings about waging peace instead of war, but Peaceful Revolution really puts all the layers on this beautiful painting of a life transformed from violence to a deep mission of world peace. I had the distinct honor of indexing Peaceful Revolution and it was one of the most inspiring books I've had to read for my work. Also, Paul is an extremely cogent and meticulous writer, which made the indexing process really fun.

Paul comes from a family life where his father, a Korean War and Vietnam War veteran, was plagued by nightmares from those experiences, and unfortunately transferred that violence onto his family when the nightmares consumed him. In addition to learning about how the violence of war can destroy the mind, Paul also lived with the challenge of growing up in Alabama part white, part black, part Korean. Although times have changed since his father's time prior to the civil rights movement, social attitudes take many years to shift, so even though Paul is only in his 30s, he dealt with his share of prejudice and ridicule and the desire to hide his ethnic origins. His obsession with finding our underlying reasons for and a solution to war actually took him into one, in Iraq. After going to West Point, Paul deployed to Iraq and saw the impact of war first hand on both his army comrades and the civilian populace.

Peaceful Revolution is the latest in a series of books (preceded by Will War Ever End? and The End of War) that have developed Paul's thought on the basic nature of humans (non-violent, actually), the reasons we get into wars, and the ways we can get out of the mentalities that lead us there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Irene Conlan on June 14, 2012
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When you pick up Peaceful Revolution don't think you already know what it's going to be about because in all likelihood you don't. This book was a complete surprise to me. Reading it is like going to a friend's house for a simple "meat and potatoes dinner" and finding instead a banquet of the most nourishing and delicious food available, brilliantly prepared and exquisitely displayed. I expected to find an action plan for revolution without guns and I found instead a plan for serious self growth - revolution in my own thinking and outlook.

This book is both brilliant and compelling in making a case against war and the principles put forth apply whether war is being waged between individuals, countries or within you. Instead of talking about putting down weapons, Chappell talks about developing compassion, appreciation, conscience, reasoning ability, discipline (particularly self discipline) and curiosity. In other words If you understand and appreciate the person or country you believe is the enemy, listen to your own conscience, and exercise sound reasoning you won't be so quick to wage war. In fact, knowing you enemy in such a complete and personal way will most likely transform him or her into a friend. We generally don't kill our friends nor do we wage war against our allies.

Peaceful Revolution is an invitation to come to know yourself and to discover the uniqueness and specialness or those around you (and now, with the Internet, those around you can include anyone anywhere on the planet). Chappell refers to his book as "a love song to humanity." It is that.

The book poses the question, "Isn't it time we drop the misconceptions we may have been taught along the way of growing up and find out for ourselves what our neighbors are truly like?
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