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ISBN-13: 978-0313387449 ISBN-10: 0313387443

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  • Hardcover: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (August 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313387443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313387449
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,307,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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• Contains revealing evidence from the late longest-serving chair of the Nobel committee, published here for the first time

• Documents how Norwegian lawmakers have broken the law by modifying the selection criteria, to the disadvantage of those entitled under Nobel's will

• Provides the only existing analysis of the content of the Nobel will as interpreted properly under Norwegian-Swedish law



• Presents a list of all 120 laureates accompanied by gradings of the committee's justification for each of their choices, the results shown in easy-to-understand tables

• Each chapter concludes with a comprehensive list of additional resources for further research

• Photos of Alfred Nobel and Bertha von Suttner, the two key individuals behind the Nobel Peace Prize

• Bibliography points to approximately 100 books and articles on the history of the peace prize and relevant sources on military security versus peace politics

• The included appendix, "How to Earn the Nobel Peace Prize" provides the criteria and qualifications required in Nobel's will, lists of those entitled to nominate, application address and deadline, and more

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"This highly original and well argued critical examination of the record of the Norwegian Nobel Committee represents a milestone in serious discussion and scholarly literature about the Nobel Peace Prize which no student or commentator will be able to ignore. The originators of the Nobel Peace Prize (Alfred Nobel and Bertha von Suttner) have reason to be grateful to Fredrik Heffermehl, as has the entire peace movement working in their spirit."

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Dr. Peter van den Dungen, Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, UK

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David C N Swanson on March 3, 2012
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Fredrik Heffermehl's book "The Nobel Peace Prize: What Nobel Really Wanted," is a wonderful thing to discover. I understand if you just can't stomach discovering that Norway and the committee that hands out the peace prizes have become as corrupted as a Congressman. But if awardees like George Marshall, Henry Kissinger, Yasser Arafat, and Barack Obama already had you scratching your head a little bit, you may appreciate learning the details of where the prize bestowers ran off the rails and how they might manage to climb back aboard the peace train.

Alfred Nobel left behind a legally binding will that required giving a prize to "the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses." Like the Carnegie Endowment for Peace, the Nobel Committee has largely abandoned its original mission. Carnegie and Nobel are dead and none the wiser, but those of us who like the idea of a well-funded peace movement are painfully aware.

The Nobel prize for peace was not designed as merely an honor, but as a significant source of funding for "work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses." Yet, with each annual prize, as with each year's operation of the Carnegie Endowment, the peace movement is none the better funded. Warmongers take the funding, or admirable and heroic humanitarians take the funding, but these are not people working toward or even believing in the desirability of the aims for which the prize was created and legally established in Nobel's will.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stian Bergeland on February 23, 2011
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This book deserves the top score just because it is highlighting the flaws and political game of an important prize. Heffermehl provides a bullet-proof case that many of us who has followed the Nobel Peace Prize nominations has suspected for several years. He also reveals a culture of secrecy of the Nobel commitee and silence as the preferred answer when it is faced with criticism, while pointing out that the Prize is used as a foreign policy tool by Norway rather than adhering to Nobel's will. To sum up, this book is not only about the misuse of what could have been a really strong peace prize, but it also highlights practices of elitism that I did not think happened in a well-developed democracy.

A must-read for all interested in peace in general and also for all that hail the Nobel Peace Prize laureate every year. Hopefully Heffermehl's solitary voice can be accompanied so that the Prize again will be awarded to those that truly deserve it.
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. London on April 23, 2011
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In this hot-tempered polemic, Norwegian lawyer and activist Fredrik Heffermehl charges that the Nobel Peace Prize is "increasingly grandiose, pompous, and remote from its original purpose." He raises some valid concerns, but his argument is plagued by inaccuracies and misinterpretations. The Nobel committee is hardly beyond reproach, but to say that it has "ruinously corrupted" the prize is both far-fetched and off-the-mark. (For a full review, please visit:[...])
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