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Powerful Peace: A Navy SEAL's Lessons on Peace from a Lifetime at War Paperback – August 1, 2012
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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.
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.
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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.