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Architects of Peace: Visions of Hope in Words and Images Paperback – August 20, 2002

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Studying the individual faces and personal essays of these 75 peacemakers we discover a simple truth: making peace is an act of courage. Put them all together in a volume as elegant as this one and a higher truth emerges: making peace is the world's next spiritual calling. Photographer Michael Collopy did an excellent job of bringing forth each of his subject's integrity, grit, and humanity. In the clear and gentle eyes of Vietnam veteran and author Ron Kovic we see the healing that it took to transcend the wounds of the battlefield and write Born on the Fourth of July. Maried Corrigan Maguire lost two nephews and a niece in an IRA and British car chase. Soon after, Maguire's grief-stricken sister committed suicide. As a result she founded Peace People, an organization to end sectarian violence. In her strong jaw and sad eyes we see every woman who has ever turned grief into activism.

Many of the faces are familiar ones--Carlos Santana, Cezar Chavez, Thich Nhat Hanh, Dr. Maya Angelou, Coretta Scott King. Yet there are numerous quiet heroes as well. The personal essays are mostly brief (one page) but offer compelling reasons why we all should give peace a chance. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (August 20, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577312317
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577312314
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 10.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,330,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book is brilliant. I have bought several copies, all before September 11 and now, more than ever, it's message is so important. This is a pivotal time in history and this book could be a bible for the times. If they can do it, we can. Michael Collopy is an Architect of Peace of the highest order himself. He is a beautiful photographer and an inspired visionary. I highly recommend this book for absolutely EVERYONE on your holiday shopping list.
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Format: Hardcover
Photographer Callopy sets out to bring over seventy of the world's peacemakers in one book: Architects of Peace pairs his photos with their words and opinions, examining cultural and social differences, changes, and achievements of the past century. Much more than an art title, this embraces modern peacemakers and their work.
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By A Customer on October 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I just purchased eight copies of this beautiful book as my primary holiday gift for friends and family. This stunning work succeeds on several levels: First - These are some of the most beautiful black and white portraits I've seen in years. They look deceptively simple but if you study them for a few minutes you begin to see directly into the soul of the subject; Second - The accompanying text, written personally by each subject, is thoughtful and provocative, and gives further insight into each individual; Third - The book is more politically balanced than most, including more than one point of view, leading to intense discussions and soul-searching among the readers - something I find positive and extremely productive; Fourth - This is a wonderful book for families to enjoy together as it is appropriate for all ages; Fifth - This book left me full of feelings of hope in a world filled with dread, not something that can be said of many books.
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Format: Hardcover
Both humble and humbling, these essays not only document how far we have come as a world civilization, but also how far we still have to go.
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By A Customer on October 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"Many books inspire my mind -- but this one opens the heart!" ---Steve McCardell, New Times Magazine
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this as a gift last year, and keep buying more. This beautiful anthology in photos (b&w) of the world's great peacemakers along with thier own moving thoughts and reflections is a masterpiece of photography and words, but much more. To see these great people and hear their visions is insightful, thought provoking, stunning, moving, and inspiring.
With the recent events of September 2001, it is even more poignant.
A must see to appreciate. It is the kind of book you will cherish and share. A great gift for educators, healers, leaders, young people, baby boomers, and everyone in between who thinks, and all who desire a better humanity. But one word of caution, if you buy it as a gift, get two- you are likely to keep one for yourself.
A truly memorable tribute to the ability of single individuals from diverse backgrounds to make a difference...to unite with strength of purpose and vision in the goal of a more peaceful world.
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