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Peacemakers: Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize

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Here, in a single volume, are the profiles of all the individuals and organizations that have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize since its establishment in 1901. From the creator of the prize, Alfred Nobel, the Swedish industrialist who invented dynamite, to Jody Williams and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, these individuals and organizations have devoted their lives to peace and have made our world a better place to live.
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Overview


Here, in a single volume, are the profiles of all the individuals and organizations that have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize since its establishment in 1901. From the creator of the prize, Alfred Nobel, the Swedish industrialist who invented dynamite, to Jody Williams and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, these individuals and organizations have devoted their lives to peace and have made our world a better place to live.
Ann Keene chronicles the moving stories of the winners of the Nobel Peace prize in 79 essays that focus on the activities that earned each person or organization the prize. She includes fascinating anecdotes about and quotations from the recipients and, at the same time, introduces readers to major events in world history. The winners of the most prestigious peace award in the world include:
Henri Dunant (1901), the founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross
Theodore Roosevelt (1906), who, as President of the United States, mediated an end to the Russo-Japanese War in 1905; he was the first American to win the prize
Fridtjof Nansen (1922), Norwegian humanitarian, scientist, and Arctic explorer
Jane Addams (1931), peace activist and social reformer, and a founder of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Ralph J. Bunche (1950), who worked to achieve peace in the Middle East; he was the first African American to win the prize
Lester Pearson (1957), who as a member of the Canadian delegation to the United Nations played a key role in ending the Suez Canal crisis
Albert Luthuli (1960), former president of the African National Congress and outspoken opponent of South Africa's apartheid system
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1964), U.S. civil rights activist
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) (1965), which continues to provide assistance to children in developing countries throughout the world
Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams (1976), cofounders of Peace People, an organization dedicated to ending violence in Northern Ireland
Mother Teresa (1979), originally a high schoolteacher in India who won the prize for her work with the poor of Calcutta
Elie Wiesel (1986), the author who has drawn international attention to the Holocaust
Aung San Suu Kyi (1991), founder of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar (Burma) who lived under house arrest for six years
Appendixes include a chronological listing of the Nobel Peace Prize Winners, a timeline recounting historic milestones in the peace movement, a listing of major peace organizations, a short glossary of terms, further reading, and an index.
From the career diplomats and politicians to the ordinary people who discovered an opportunity to act on behalf of peace, these stories honor those who have made a profound difference in the world. Peacemakers is the ideal introduction to the Nobel Peace Prize for young readers and is an indispensable reference for anyone who is interested in world peace and history.

An essay describing the establishment of the Nobel Peace Prize precedes chronologically organized profiles of all the individuals and organizations that have received the award since 1901.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Matter-of-fact, unhyped biographical summaries... inspirational reading... Systematic and substantial, this volume is equally suited to quick reference and deeper study."--Kirkus Reviews

"A concise, chronologically arranged title that encompasses Nobel Peace Prize-winning individuals and organizations from 1901 to 1997.... Two-to-five page summaries on the lives and achievements of the pacifists and the goals and work of peacemaking institutions are given. Sidebars highlight important dates and major accomplishments. Bibliographies are provided after most articles... A welcome resource..."--School Library Journal

"Excellent coverage of the Nobel Peace Prize winners and their achievements in resolving conflicts. History and biographical sketches blend in an excellent coverage packed with photos and details."--The Children's Bookwatch

"The stories are inspirational, often showing how one person can make an enormous difference in world peace.... The information is clearly written in a readable style with definitions for more difficult terms smoothly worked into the text.... Recommended."--Book Report

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Gr 6 Up-A concise, chronologically arranged title that encompasses Nobel Peace Prize-winning individuals and organizations from 1901 to 1997. Following a brief introduction to Alfred Nobel, two-to-five page summaries on the lives and achievements of the pacifists and the goals and work of peacemaking institutions are given. Sidebars highlight important dates and major accomplishments. Bibliographies are provided after most articles and additional listings are located at the end of the book. Some titles on this list are marked for younger readers. Appendixes that include the names and addresses of major international peace organizations make this a useful resource. Black-and-white photographs and reproductions accompany the entries. A welcome addition that will complement Tyler Wasson's Nobel Prize Winners (Wilson, 1987).-Kathleen A. Nester, Downingtown High Ninth Grade Center, PA
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From Henri Dunant, a founder of the Red Cross, to Jody Williams, who leads the campaign to ban land mines worldwide, the people and organizations awarded the Nobel Peace Prize are a diverse lot, but have all made concrete contributions to the cause of ending war or ameliorating its effects; even in Keene's matter-of-fact, unhyped biographical summaries, their stories are inspirational reading. Between accounts of Alfred Nobel's life and a description of how the prize winners are selected, and back matter that includes a "Peace Timeline," an address list of international peace organizations, and a large bibliography, each recipient is profiled, both in a summary box and a detailed essay, enhanced by several black-and-white photographs, and capped with a reading list. Systematic and substantial, this volume is equally suited to quick reference and deeper study. (Biography. 11-15)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195103168
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Series: Oxford Profiles Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann T. Keene, a writer of nonfiction for both adults and children, is the author of Earthkeepers: Observers and Protectors of Nature and the editor of the forthcoming Oxford American Children's Encyclopedia.

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