Words of Peace: Selections from the Speeches of the Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize 1901-2007, 4 Edition


This inspirational volume features excerpts from Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speeches since the award's inception in 1901, along with biographical notes on each winner and a complete chronology. Selected by the world's foremost historian...

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This inspirational volume features excerpts from Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speeches since the award's inception in 1901, along with biographical notes on each winner and a complete chronology. Selected by the world's foremost historian of the Nobel Peace Prize, this uplifting collection presents the laureates' perspectives on:

  • Peace
  • The Bonds of Humanity
  • Faith and Hope
  • The Tragedy of War
  • Violence and Nonviolence
  • Human Rights
  • Politics and Leadership
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
The Words of Peace is a book filled with the words of Nobel Peace Prize winners. It is an inspirational book filled with excerpts from the Prize winners' acceptance speeches. These selections were chosen by a historian of the Nobel Peace Prize. They offer insights on solutions for world peace, building bonds of human connections, the importance of faith and hope and the tragedies of war. Wangari Maathai is one winner who has dedicated her life to bringing peace, democracy, and recognition of human rights to her country of Kenya in Africa. She is called the "The Mother of Trees" because she and her nonprofit organization called the Green Belt Movement have planted more than 30 million trees in deforested areas. Her environmental concerns and struggles for a democratic Kenya have inspired her fellow countrymen to work toward a peaceful solution to Kenya's problems. In her acceptance speech, Maathai acknowledged "the work of countless individuals and groups across the globe." Another Peace Prize winner highlighted is Aung San Suu Kyi, the daughter of General Aung San, founder of Burma's independence. After she studied abroad, she returned to Burma in 1988 to lead a democratic movement against the military dictatorship. She was placed under house arrest and kept in detention for six years until 1995. Her son accepted the prize in her behalf and related his mother's words. "The quest for democracy in Burma is the struggle of a people to live whole, meaningful lives as free and equal members of the world community." This book is filled with words of wisdom, compassion, and love. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557048097
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/8/2008
  • Series: Newmarket Words Of Series
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Irwin Abrams, author of the award-winning Nobel Peace Prize and the Laureates, is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Antioch University. The Words of Peace is part of the Nobel Prize Series official publications, designed to share achievements of the laureates.

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Table of Contents

Foreword   President Jimmy Carter     vii
Introduction   Jakob Sverdrup     xi
Peace     1
The Bonds of Humanity     21
Faith and Hope     45
The Tragedy of War     71
Violence and Nonviolence     89
Human Rights     99
Politics and Leadership     117
Biographical Notes     131
Chronology     157
Index     159
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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    There cannot be any words more exciting!

    The book The Words of Peace:Selections From The Speeches Of The Winners Of The Nobel Peace Prize contains parts of the acceptance speeches given in Oslo, Norway. The excerpts go back to the early 1900's. It is thrilling to read what awardees from all parts of the world who treasure peace so much so that they are awarded this most prestigious prize say about peace! In addition to being thrilling the book is also enlightening, touching, absorbing, inspirational as well as provocative.

    The book is well-researched and well-organized. It is divided into six categories of peace. That the word peace has categories gives the reader much to learn. The book reminds us of famous people who have received the prize and some not famous at all. It lets us go back over time and remember or learn why these particular people won the prize. It provides intellectual stimulation and will keep you talking about it with others. It is the book I have given most often as a gift to others on their special occasion. I always have my copy nearby to read the words and thoughts of those brilliant people whether dead of alive, far or near to both teach me and remind me that there is always someone fighting for peace for all of us.

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