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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Life Values Press (July 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915761041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915761043
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,620,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...[A] strong values system is the most precious weapon of all. Nobody understood this more than Bob Humphrey...." -- General Charles C. Krulak, 31st Commandant of the United States Marine Corps

"Bob Humphrey's Life Values theory represents the clearest...explanation of human nature in the last three thousand years of philosophy." -- Colman Genn, Center for Educational Innovation and former Superintendant, New York City School System

"Professor Humphrey's fresh look at human nature gives us...methods to break down walls between groups in conflict...." -- William S. Sessions, former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

I first encountered Professor Robert L. Humphrey about fifteen years ago as a graduate student in San Diego, California. I was taking a Masters Degree in Business Administration, and I wondered how "Cross-Cultural Relations" could be justified as a bona-fide course requirement. I was an active duty Marine Officer at that time and had been, literally, around the world. I had heard about enough of the "touchy-feely" bromides that passed for enlightened liberalism. Frankly, I was a hostile audience.

Suddenly, however, as Bob Humphrey talked, I felt that prickly sensation on the back of my neck. It was powerful, and really quite physical. The things that he said, the stories he told, touched me in a way that has changed me forever. I was stunned to hear him explain, clearly and matter-of-factly, the meaning of life. He called his theory variously "The Life Value," or Life Values, Dual Life Value or Balanced Life Value. I sometimes think of them, now, simply as "Living Values."

As I came to know him and his personal history, I was amazed to hear that he had addressed, literally, hundreds of thousands of people over the years. His Life Value Theory and teaching methods had been used successfully to stop violence and promote cross-cultural harmony, world-wide.

Captain Jack E. Hoban, USMCR -- Captain Jack E. Hoban, USMCR

About the Author

Robert Humphrey was a child of the Great Depression. Those were the days when life's lessons were learned in the school of hard knocks. He earned money as a semi-professional boxer. He rode freight trains, worked in the Citizens Conservation Corps (the CCCs), and finally joined the Merchant Marines. Those experiences got him through his youth, worldly-wise but morally sound. He transferred into the US Marines during World War II. There, as a rifle-platoon leader on Iwo Jima, he passed the ultimate course in life-and-death values.

Near the war's end, a gunshot-wound ended his hopes for a professional boxing career. He was discharged from the Marines. For twelve years he passed through eight colleges and universities "searching, just searching." He was looking for answers to that eternal question: "Why?" Why that terrible Depression that devastated his peaceful little hometown? Why that insanity on Iwo Jima that killed most of his Marine friends?

He took a Harvard Law degree and settled into teaching Economics at MIT. Then came the Cold War with the predictions that the Communists would win. He went back overseas to see if his global experiences would guide him in solving America's self-defeating Ugly Americanism. All through the first crucial Cold-War decades, his contracts were financed--success after success--by the US Information Service, the Chrysler Missile Corporation, the Army Research Office, and the Marine Corps. He taught culture-transcendent, "win-the-people" values in the most vital overseas areas--those surrounding the Communist block. The approach did overcome the Ugly Americanism. It did win back the foreign peoples. And it kept the lid on sabotage and violence in his assigned areas. It opened up a new social-scientific pathway to human conflict-resolution.

More About the Author

Robert L. Humphrey was an Iwo Jima veteran, Harvard graduate, and cross cultural conflict resolution specialist during the Cold War. He proposed the "Dual Life Value Theory" of Human Nature.

From the experiences of childhood in the Great Depression, trips as a teenager in the Panamanian Merchant Marines, national-class boxing, the awe-inspiring sights of selfless sacrifice on Iwo Jima, and finally, fifteen years in overseas ideological warfare, Humphrey observed that universal values exist and, ultimately control human behavior. Humphrey is a graduate of Wisconsin University, Harvard Law School, and the Fletcher School of Diplomacy.
At the beginning of the Cold War, he left a teaching position at MIT to help lead the struggle against Communism. Finding that U.S. education was contributing to, rather than reducing, American overseas problems, he developed a new leadership approach that overcame Ugly American syndrome among hundreds of thousands in crucial Third World areas. More recently, his methodology won commendations for educating the alleged uneducable: Mexican-American street-gang youths in southern California, and Canadian Native teenage dropouts.

Until Communism's fall, Humphrey kept his new methods confidential. Those methods are significant: (1) From his experiences with young infantrymen in heavy combat, and with the peasants in many villages of the world, he perceived humankind's basic goodness that philosophers have missed or under-rated. (2) In place of compartmentalized, primarily mental education, Humphrey has developed a human-nature-guided (moral, physical, artistic, mental) approach.

He has since written Values For A New Millennium and the Warrior Creed. He passed away in the summer of 1997.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 4, 1999
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Finally a book that puts into words what people for so long have been searching for in their lives on natural laws, ethics and values.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Scott on July 26, 2009
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This is a book that changes lives. If we were all to apply even a fraction of the lessons Robert Humphrey dishes out in this book we would certainly live in a much more peaceful world.
The teachings in this book changed the way I see the world in all aspects of my life including parenting, teaching, and as member of my community. As a former prison guard, law enforcement officer, and more recently a mentor for troubled youth, I have tested these methods and found them to be nothing but pure truth to their core.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nathan K. Koets on February 21, 2012
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This book changed my life for the better.
I now focus NOT on all the things that divide us, but on the things that we ALL feel, share, have in common. These are unifying elements that are 100X more powerful than all of the things that divide us: religion, morality, politics, etc...
Buy it, you'll thank me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Lau on June 28, 2014
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I was one of the lucky handful to have met and listened to Dr. Humphrey speak. He was truly a man who "walked the talk." An amazing life told through a series of case stories and clarified field notes, Dr. Humphrey and the editor, Capt. Jack Hoban have woven together a thoughtful and incredibly rational and reasonable argument for the makings of a universal moral and ethical theory for the whole of Humanity. For those whom (the younger generations) the Cold War is something not well understood, remembered or experienced, I highly recommend reading "The Ugly American" so one can get a feel for what it was like to be living during that period ( http://www.amazon.com/The-Ugly-American-Eugene-Burdick/dp/0393318672 ). Values For A New Millennium is not a quick read, it is a thought provoking and soul searching book for those looking to connect with Humanity in a very real way but need to know where to begin --- and end up. As a father and husband, this has been one of the most influential books in my life to know that my kids can and will have a clear and solid foundation starting now and when they are ready to go out into the world and be responsible not only for themselves - but for anyone and everyone they encounter. As the saying goes: "It's a Better Life!" Keep Going! Joe Lau RN, AE-C

The Warriors' Creed

Wherever I walk,
everyone is a little bit safer because I am there.

Wherever I am,
anyone in need has a friend.

Whenever I return home,
everyone is happy I am there.

"It's a better life!"

by Dr. Robert L. Humphrey
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