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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.; First Edition edition (July 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576753344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576753347
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (411 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The premise of this follow-up to Leadership and Self-Deception is simple: people whose hearts are at peace do not wage war, whether they're heads of state or members of a family. In this semi-fictional narrative ("inspired by actual events") illustrating the principles of achieving peace, the setting is a two-day parent workshop at an Arizona-based wilderness camp for out-of-control teenagers, but the storyline is a mere setting for an instruction manual. Workshop facilitators Yusuf al-Falah, a Palestinian Arab whose father was killed by Israelis in 1948, and Avi Rozen, an Israeli Jew whose father died in the Yom Kippur War, use examples from their domestic lives and the history of their region to illustrate situations in which the normal and necessary routines of daily life can become fodder for conflict. Readers observe this through the eyes of one participant, a father whose business is in nearly as much trouble as his teenage son. The usefulness of the information conveyed here on how conflicts take root, spread and can be resolved more than compensates for the pedestrian writing.
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From the Inside Flap

"A BOOK THAT COULD CHANGE THE FACE OF HUMANITY." —Marion Blumenthal Lazan, holocaust survivor and bestselling author

"After years of applying these ideas with youth and their parents, I can say that this is powerful medicine for the soul. These ideas change hearts, heal deep wounds, and bring parents and children together." —Mike Merchant, President and Chief Executive Officer, Anasazi Foundation

"A stunning work of wisdom and insight…. Everyone, from neighbors to the heads of nations, ought to read and live the teachings of this book." —Kent H. Murdock, President and CEO, O.C. Tanner

"Profound in depth, yet simple in message—an astounding work of immense impact, both personally and professionally. This is the next major lever in terms of how organizations improve performance." —Nick Jessett, Programme Manager, Rolls Royce

"This is a masterful and important work that shows how we blame others for problems we ourselves have created. It gently leads the reader to take a hard look in the mirror." —Scott Barton, Sr. VP, Capital One

"To adopt the essence of this book is the true roadmap for peace." —Eytan Bentsur, Former Director General, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

More About the Author


In the 1970s, a team of scholars led by philosopher C. Terry Warner embarked on an exploration into a core problem at the heart of the human sciences--the "problem of self-deception." The research explored how we end up creating and sustaining problems we don't know we are causing, and how and why people resist helpful solutions.


Initially, all attempts to understand the phenomenon of self-deception failed, just as all attempts had for over 100 years. After years of work, however, the research team discovered a solution no one expected. They discovered the clear and surprising way that people begin to evade responsibility without thinking that they are doing so, and therefore end up blaming others or circumstances they, themselves, are helping to create. More importantly, they discovered how this could be corrected.


Following this scholarly discovery, Arbinger's founding members began teaching the principles in academic circles and within the university environment. This soon led to demand from individuals and families and then to requests for organizational applications. As more and more people and organizations experienced the profound changes that were enabled by Arbinger's work, Arbinger evolved into a full-service consultancy that helps individuals and organizations solve the problems they have never been able to solve.


Arbinger was founded in 1979. Since then, Arbinger has worked with thousands of individuals and organizations and helped them to transform their effectiveness and performance.

Early on, Arbinger's growth was fueled solely by clients who spread the word about Arbinger's impact. Arbinger's public profile was then dramatically increased by the global success of its first book, Leadership & Self Deception, which was published in 2000. The book quickly became a word-of-mouth bestseller. It is now available in 27 languages and has sold over a million copies.

Arbinger's second international bestseller, The Anatomy of Peace, was published in 2006. Available in 14 languages and having sold nearly 500,000 copies to date, The Anatomy of Peace demonstrates the power of Arbinger's work in resolving conflict.

Arbinger is now recognized as a world-leader in improving organizational culture and conflict resolution. Arbinger's clients range from individuals who are seeking help in their lives to many of the largest companies and governmental institutions in the world.

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Customer Reviews

At the very least this book will change your perspective and change your life.
Brad Lowe
It was written in a "story" format which made it easy and quick to read, but it was also very informative and thought provoking book.
Valerie Robertson
The anatomy of peace was an insightful book that helped me understand how I view other people and my self.
Barbara Taylor

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

167 of 171 people found the following review helpful By freeezn on September 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My husband and I were days away from divorce. We were each given a copy of this book the night before our court appearance by a dear friend. He could see how much pain both of us were in and wanted desperately to help us. He had already attended The Arbinger Institutes training and had read all of their books; most recently, this book. He knew how powerful its message is to the right heart.

There was a lot that transpired during the 18 hours preceding the court hearing. A lot of this book was read. Hearts were softened & changed and two prideful, selfish individuals became new people. I don't use this lightly when I say it helped facilitate a miracle in our lives. We have a long ways to go, but at least we will be traveling it together and we now have hope for ourselves, and for our marriage and "The Anatomy of Peace" has much to do with it.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Brad Lowe on July 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I stayed up until 3:00 in the A.M. the day that I received the book and finished it that same day. It's the prequel to Leadership & Self Deception, and it continues to develop many of the same principles. In this book, however, they step away from the business atmosphere, and focus on changing yourself to effect change in relationships in the home, and between nations. I am confident that if everyone in the world read and understood the principles in this set of books, it would literally solve most all of the world's problems; problems at homes and with families, problems in the workplace, and problems between societies and governments. At the very least this book will change your perspective and change your life. It's due out in August, and I recommend it to everyone. [...]
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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I read this while taking a train to a meeting, and when I got back on the train, I re-read the entire book all over. I was absolutely blown away. The authors of the book, the Arbinger Institute, have discovered the secret to world peace--and to domestic tranquility in your marriage and family as well.

Coming as I do from a turbulent family, I recognized the push-pull issues that make people enemies who should love each other. And I recognized when in my life I decided to have peace in my heart and when I chose to be at war in my heart instead--and what the results were. Here is a system of engaging with everyone you meet in order to have peaceful relations.

The book starts with a story about a family taking their paroled drug-dealing son to a desert retreat and rehabilitation program run by an improbable pair of an Israeli and and Arab. The parents drop off the children and then spend a couple of days with the program therapists before leaving the kids behind. Suprise; the book is NOT about the desert survival experience of the kids; we only learn of this obliquely throughout the book. Instead, the parents learn how to deal with each other and their world with a peaceful heart. The system of teaching involves some parables, stories, charts and a pyramid starting at the top with "correction" but supported below with teaching, listening, and otherwise dealing lovingly with your fellow man.

The philosophy of Martin Buber is some of the basis for these important teachings. Buber stated that people either dealt with each other as I-YOU or as I-IT. When people deal with others as "it", we get everything from the person who is yapping on a cell phone while they carelessly careen through a parking lot to wholesale slaughter of people for being the wrong religion or race.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jeanna Jolley on July 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I love the concepts taught in this book. I find them profound. I recognize the truth of them as soon as I read them. And I've been trying ever since to make them a fundamental part of my the cellular level! I want it to be who I am without having to thnk things through so much. I'm looking forward to the day when my natural reaction to a challenging situation is a qualified, loving reception of the other's point of view, and that from me, he is validated. And in my presence, he feels good about himself. This book is showing me how to do that. The more I study it, the more deeply I am able to think about things and BE the best version of me possible; the rewards are indescribable. The joy that comes from living 'out of the box' are more incredible than anything else I can think of. When we look upon every soul wih compassion, love, respect, and treat them with kindness, regardless of the mood they may be in, regardless of the challenges they currently face, and regardless of what kind of day we had ourselvs, we have won the greatest victory; victory over self. Connecting with people is the work of this lifetime. Being children of God, we can't help but feel best when we reach out to others in service, compassion and love, unconditionally. That's the way He made us! This book could change the world. It could provide the 'powers that be' a new place to start, and a different way to think of things, and therefore, a different way to that never threatens the dignity and respect each feels he/she deserves. Peace "out there" starts with peace "in here", right inside my own self. When I am at peace in my own heart, I am able to go out and help create peace in the world, one encounter at a time. I LOVE this book!
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