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Altruism, Intergroup Apology, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation Paperback – October 1, 2008
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From the Back Cover
--Everett Worthington, Ph.D., author 17 books including his recent book,Five Steps to Forgiveness: The Art and Science of Forgiving
Samuel P. Oliner has dedicated his research career to deepening our understanding of altruistic behavior. Now he has taken a lifetime of study, insight, and practice to the level of altruism between groups especially in the form of intergroup forgiveness. With the assistance of Piotr Olaf Zylicz, Oliner has produced the finest book on this topic I have ever read! In a world of intergroup conflict and hatred, this may well be the most urgent book of the decade. It is also a fitting tribute to Sam Oliner's remarkable life.
--Stephen G. Post, Ph.D., author of several books including Why Good Things Happen to Good People (with Jill Neimark) and editor of Altruism and Health
Samuel Oliner's book is a well-done, well-written, and thorough presentation of the science of positive human behavior intermingled with an extended contemplation of human goodness in its myriad of forms.
--Fred Luskin, Ph.D., author of Forgive for Good
Top Left: Orlando Rideout IV (left), a descendent of John Rideout (one of the two men who sold Kunte Kinte into slavery) embraces Chris Haley (right), a descendent of Kunte Kinte during the conclusion of a slave reconciliation walk September 29, 2004 in Annapolis, Maryland.
Top Right: West Germany's Chancellor Willy Brandt kneels before the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial in Warsaw, Poland, Dec. 6, 1970. Perhaps in part due to this gesture, Brandt received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1971.
Bottom Left: Chief Phil Fontaine (foreground) responds to the government's apology for more than a century of abuse and cultural loss at a ceremony in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on June 11, 2008.
Bottom Right: Pope John Paul II shakes hands with Yaakov Dov Bleich, Ukrainian chief rabbi, at the monument of Babi Yar, a ravine where up to 200,000 Jews and others were gunned down and buried in mass graves during World War II.
Top Customer Reviews
Although the focus of this book is the big picture of world politics, there are many lessons that can be wisely applied to the personal level.
The new ingredients to altruism that Sam Oliner adds in this book are more social interactional: inter-group apology, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Oliner compellingly shows that there is a growing worldwide movement of inter-group apology, foregiveness, and reconcilliation. Through a rich mixture of research, principles, and case studies, focused on what works and doesn't work Oliner convincingly suggests that "...when apologies are genuine, when remediation is offered, changed behavior follows and harmony can prevail; this makes for a more peaceful world." I recommend this excellent book most hightly.