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Powerful Peace: A Navy SEAL's Lessons on Peace from a Lifetime at War Kindle Edition
In this honest, hard-hitting look at war and peace, a Navy SEAL and experienced security consultant explains that force is sometimes necessary, that persuasion is more powerful, and that some conflict is unnecessary and preventable. The goal of Powerful Peace is to open the reader’s mind about other cultures to comprehend that different does not have to mean wrong—and that an individual’s life can be richer and more enjoyable when conflicts are handled wisely.
Never before has a book been written by a SEAL with the intent of reducing conflict and its painful consequences for innocent victims. Powerful Peace addresses the hot topic of American fatigue from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—and, in a political environment that has soured many citizens’ confidence in the direction of our national leadership, it offers hope that real solutions are available.
“Folks in Washington know Rob DuBois, ‘The Velvet Glove.’ Now you can know the iron fist inside that glove.” —Rear Adm. Brian Losey, Commander, Special Operations Command Africa
“Who else but a warrior could write so elegantly about peace?” —Reza Aslan
Powerful Peace is a logical arrangement of brief topics on conflict. Four progressive sections (Body, Mind, Heart and Soul) each contain a dozen, easily-digestible but hard-hitting chapters. Each chapter builds on the one before it in leading the reader to first understand that force is sometimes necessary, that persuasion is more powerful, and that some conflict is unnecessary and preventable.
The goal of Powerful Peace is to open the reader’s mind about other cultures to comprehend that different does not have to mean wrong, and that an individual’s life can be richer and more enjoyable by trying out some of the concepts contained in Powerful Peace.
Powerful Peace is unique and appealing. Never before has a book been written by a SEAL with the intent of reducing conflict and its painful consequences for innocent victims.
Powerful Peace addresses the hot topic of American fatigue from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Also, today’s political environment is souring many citizens' confidence in the direction of our national leadership. Powerful Peace offers hope that real solutions are available.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
J. Robert DuBois is a security advisor who was once labeled a “smart power authority” while assisting U.S., British and Iraqi forces in Baghdad. A multilingual Navy SEAL with experience in more than thirty nations, he retired from service in 2006…then headed back into Iraq and Afghanistan to support commanders facing complex threat situations. Robert has provided his “Think like the Adversary” workshop to units in combat zones, companies to include Lockheed Martin, and government entities like the National Counterterrorism Center. He is currently a staff officer on the Deputy Secretary of Defense’s four-person Senior Integration Group (SIG), and chairs the National Security Subcommittee of the Homeland Security Foundation of America. Robert’s articles on cultural awareness and security assurance have appeared in The Counterterrorist magazine and the Compass of the National Language Service Corps, among others. He is the founder of VoDuBo Consulting and author of the blog at PowerfulPeace.net.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B008X5HAO8
- Publisher : Morgan James Publishing (July 1, 2012)
- Publication date : July 1, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 1666 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 226 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1614481881
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,669,199 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The body of Mr. DuBois' book is divided into Body - Mind - Heart - and Soul and each section is divided into short chapters that further open with a succinct Mission Statement of sorts and an applicable quote. This format maintains a conversational tone and provides an immediate connection to the author and his experiences. Indeed the book is written as a window - an introspective window, into Mr. DuBois' experiences and desires for The People. You're not being lectured by a journalist or academic - Mr. DuBois is inviting you to the geopolitical and physical battlefield, into the homes of enemies and friends, through the military and political processes of War, and into the minds of the many men and women that serve in the Armed Forces.
Consider the opportunity here.. you have, in effect, an ideal man to take you through the whole process and history of - there isn't a word for it even... Of an organization, a culture, a point in history of remarkable consequence - at a unique intersection of culture, technology, religion, and history. To use analogies Mr. DuBois has been the engineer, the shop blacksmith, middle management, the consultant, the diplomat, and now a Professor of Powerful Peace. You simply don't get these opportunities often - and when they come about they have the ability to resurrect a dying cause or organization.
The content itself, from my viewpoint, really attacks two broad problems pervasively:
1) The sources of hatred among and between people
2) The "solutions" to hatred that do not work
The second point is key here - Mr. DuBois isn't providing an academic survey - he is providing a real effectual narrative based on first-hand observations in (easily) the most conflict prone and conflicted theatre of ideological, military, and political battle since World War II.
Powerful Peace isn't an absolute proponent or doesn't absolutely condemn any course of action - he merely, and compellingly, asks the reader to consider their actions in a new light. And this is the ultimate strength of the book in my opinion - he isn't forcing the reader to "choose a side" other than that of humanity. And that type of neutrality to all views (Hawks and Pigeons alike) makes this a great - GREAT - book to build a sense of pride and urgency upon. You can simultaneously be embarrassed and Proud - entirely Proud - entirely embarrassed but whatever feeling you want to take away - or even agonize over - Mr. DuBois leaves you with hope and an urge to action.
I work in the defense industry and I can honestly say that reading Rob's book will impact how I approach my work. It will also impact how I absorb the news from conflict zones, which will in turn impact how I approach my work. This book is a PRIMARY information resource, and not yet another secondary information resource run through a filter with unknown biases.
After reading this I asked myself, "If I were the President, would I want Rob advising my Secretary of Defense, or my Secretary of State?" I think he would be the right guy to get both of those Secretaries into the same room to make them work together in a complementary fashion that we seldom see anymore.
- It is practical, not altruistic, to consider the other person’s needs and grievances.
- It takes energy to be a jerk. Don’t be a jerk.
- Sometimes you have to kill a guy. Applied smart power is not just about being nice.
DuBois reminds us that children have value; women should not be raped as a weapon of war; if a man has three choices;
1. get a job (>30% unemployment),
2. prostitute his wife (he refused), and
3. emplace a roadside bomb for $150.00, enough to feed his family for one more month...
*** what would you do? (most of us can't answer clearly, because most of us have never really faced such narrow margins)
[...] (listen to 1 hr discussion of book with the author- then decide if you want to purchase)
[...] (this will give you an overview of the book)
I've ordered several more, and am giving them to foreign military officers I work with. Powerful idea's, huge responsibility:
to whom much is given, much will be required.