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Altruism, Intergroup Apology, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation offers examples such as truth and reconciliation commissions and also the recent example of Polish-Ukrainian leaders offering mutual apologies for a massacre that both groups inflicted on one another. Using cases that show a positive outcome, this hopeful book provides empirical evidence that there is a positive relationship between altruism, apology, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

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[T]he culmination of Oliner's many years of research on altruism. It weaves together multiple threads of his studies into a golden-tinged tapestry showing the power and pervasiveness of altruism and love. This tour de force should be read by individuals, government officials, peace workers, and anyone dealing in international relations and intergroup dialogues. Heeding its lessons could change the world.
--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

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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Paragon House (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557788782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557788788
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,725,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Oliner is an important scholar in the area of Altruism and this latest book adds a new dimension to this study, namely intergroup apology, forgiveness, and reconciliation among groups who have experienced historical or contemporary pain and divisiveness. Using various case studies ranging from Polish/Ukraine apology and reconciliation, Australian Government and Aborigines, Canadian Government and their Native peoples, Drs Oliner and Zylicz offer a well rounded approach for examining and encouraging intergroup apology, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Forgiveness between groups is an area of study which deserves more attention in a time of war and extremism. This book is especially recommended for policy makers, political leaders, and anyone who is interested in creating a more caring, and reconciled society.
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With the change in administrations and hopefully a new humility in American foreign policy, Dr. Oliner has made an important contribution to the dialogue of what nations and ethnic groups need to do to move forward towards a more peaceful world. Oliner has studied many cases of intergroup apology and acts of forgiveness and has analyzed the results. He has incorporated his own experiences as a Polish Jewish Holocaust survivor to inform more profound insights into Eastern European experiences with apology, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

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.
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It takes good people to truly make a positive impact on the world. "Altruism, Intergroup Apology, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation" is a look at the titular concepts and how they have happened throughout history, and the lessons modern day politicians can learn from them. With looks at many religion's and culture's approaches to the subjects and how understanding is just as important as the desire to improve relations, "Altruism, Intergroup Apology, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation" is something to be considered for community library social issues collections.
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This book presents Sam Oliner's most mature view to date of what he calls "the altruistic inclination," which is his life work project both personally and as a sociologist. His published work began with his personal story of survival and rescue after his family was killed by the Nazis in 1943 in Poland. His previous research books on the altruism behind the actions of Holocaust rescuers and others (such as The Altruistic Personality, authored with Pearl Oliner, and Do Unto Others: Extraordinary Acts of Ordinary People--How Altruism Inspires True Acts of Courage) have highlighted the personality and developmental ingredients to the altruistic inclination. These include empathy, reciprocity, personal morality and moral goals, learned caring norms, courage, self-esteem, and religious faith and spirituality.

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.
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