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The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict Hardcover – July 28, 2006

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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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“A book that could change the face of humanity.”
—Marion Blumenthal Lazan, holocaust survivor and bestselling author

“I loved
Leadership and Self-Deception, and The Anatomy of Peace takes it to the next level, personally and professionally.”
—Adel Al-Saleh, President, IMS Health Europe, Middle East and Africa

“The most powerful tool I've seen for finding real, lasting peace—in families, organizations, communities, and nations.”
—Pamela Richarde, Past President, International Coach Federation --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (390 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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The Anatomy of Peace couldn't come at a better time; just look at the headlines of any newspaper or news website. Arbinger has a wonderful way of leveraging the lessons of history to teach us yet again the wisdom of human experience. Whether we struggle at home or work, we all live one whole life. The elegant simplicity of the stories and examples in this book serve as both a wakeup call and beacon of hope for anyone seeking a more productive, peaceful, and fulfilling life. I've read the book three times and will read it again soon as a constant reminder to myself that choice is always within me. This is a great book for any leader in any environment seeking to lead more effectively and create more positive impact.
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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 being...at 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 respond...one 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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