Publisher's Note:  

What if conflicts at home, conflicts at work, and conflicts in the world stem from the same root cause? And what if individually and collectively we systematically misunderstand that cause, and unwittingly perpetuate the very problems we think we are trying to solve?

Through an intriguing story of parents struggling with their troubled children and with their own personal problems, "The Anatomy of Peace" shows how to get past the preconceived ideas and self-justifying reactions that keep us from seeing the world clearly and dealing with it effectively. Yusuf al-Falah, an Arab, and Avi Rozen, a Jew, each lost his father at the hands of the other's ethnic cousins. As the story unfolds, we discover how they came together, how they help warring parents and children to come together, and how we too can find our way out of the struggles that weigh us down. The choice between peace and war lies within us. As one of the characters says, "A solution to the inner war solves the outer war as well." This book offers more than hope -- it shows how we can prevent the conflicts that cause so much pain in our lives and in the world.

The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict

by Arbinger Institute

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The Anatomy of Peace is one of those life-changing books everyone should read. I gave several friends and family members an earful about it before I even finished reading. 


I was reluctant to read a self-help book in a novel format--usually that type of writing doesn't appeal to me--but this book came so highly recommended that I agreed to give it a try. I'm so glad I did! Almost from the first chapters I started evaluating my relationships and belief systems, and found that there were some pretty obvious changes I could make to the way I think and act in order to make my life richer and my relationships healthier. I can't recommend the book highly enough. The approach is gentle and nurturing. The philosophy rings true. The suggestions for modified thinking and behavior are doable.


This is one of those books you read and lend until it falls apart, and give as gifts to everyone you care about. 


Warning: This book may induce soul-searching resulting in dramatically-changed thinking and acting, which may result in improved relationships and increased personal success.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language: 14 mild obscenities; 1 scatological term.


Violence/Gore: A character relates stories involving violence toward family members and friends; several characters run barefoot and sustain injuries to feet. 


Sex/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:  

Social conflicts; racism; family problems.

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Characters discuss admission of their children to a drug abuse rehabilitation program.

Reviewed By Leslie
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