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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Door; First edition (14 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007348037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007348039
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 3.2 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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HRH Prince Charles is first in line to the throne. His wide range of interests is reflected in 'The Prince's Charities', 20 not-for-profit organisations of which he is President. The organisations are active across areas including opportunity and enterprise, education, health and the built and natural environments. The Prince's concerns about developments in these fields have been elaborated in many speeches and articles but Harmony is the first time his philosophy has been explained.

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‘An important book…By promoting the idea of a revolution in consciousness as the remedy for contemporary ills the prince shows he is a modern man.’ THE INDEPENDENT

‘A bold and courageous book.’ THE TELEGRAPH

‘The breadth is panoramic… The book has an engaging candour, inviting the reader into a one-on-one conversation…Harmony reacquaints us with a sense of our collective spirit.’ THE ECOLOGIST

‘A remarkable fusion of philosophy, ecology, theology, artistry, biology and cosmology’ SUNDAY TASMANIAN

About the Author

HRH Prince Charles is first in line to the throne. His wide range of interests is reflected in 'The Prince's Charities', 20 not-for-profit organisations of which he is President. The organisations are active across areas including opportunity and enterprise, education, health and the built and natural environments. The Prince's concerns about developments in these fields have been elaborated in many speeches and articles but Harmony is the first time his philosophy has been explained.
TONY JUNIPER is an environmental campaigner and the Green Party's General Election candidate for Cambridge. His career highlights include five years as Executive Director of Friends of the Earth. He now works as an independent sustainability and environment adviser. He is the author of several bestselling books, including Saving Planet Earth (2007).
IAN SKELLY is a much-loved BBC Radio 3 presenter with a passion for music and the arts. Before working at the BBC, he was an award-winning travel writer for The Observer. He is also a published writer on the arts.


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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jack Rabbit on 30 May 2011
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I was astonished by this book. I was astonished by the HRH that wrote it. It has put my view of the man on an entirely different level, and happy I will be to have such a King.

The depth of learning on which his words are based is extraordinary, and I know this because he follows quite uncannilly my own. He brings up many issues I have, quotes the exact verses I have, and tries to help move us forward in ways I haven't yet got to grips with.

I know his basis in philosophy will make a lot wince, but I know what he says is true; it is the very path I started along myself. Since we appear to have walked the same road and come to the same conclusions, there must be something born of right thought in it.

His explanation of the lost ecological essence of the major religions is remarkable to me since I have struggled with the paradox of how far religion has moved away from our Source, the Earth. It is indeed this fracture that has made us believe we are masters of the planet. Man cannot create one blade of grass! We are made up of the rocks and minerals, the air, water, and bacteria of this planet - we are part of it, and it is all of us. We do not exist without it, we are One.

He has done a very remarkable and brave job of pulling the threads together. I agree entirely that we must control ourselves - our population size - or we will go beyond the Earth's willingness to sustain us. This is critical; solving our insane lack of selfcontrol, and sealing the rift between knowledge and knowing, selfishness and community, human and all else, is vital.

Science is a mode of enquiry and it has given us much, but it is only that. There is much that we do not know, much that we never will. We are viewing the world through a letterbox and it's about time we got a much wider holistic outlook whilst there is still beauty to be dreamed.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Roland Schroder on 15 Jun. 2011
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Charles, Prince of Wales puts into very inspiring yet understandable words a highly complex relationship and congruence between nature, art, science, environment and spirituality. This is an exceedingly easy to follow book and an exceedingly beautifully read audiobook by Prince Charles. Many people prejudiced about monarchy will in the future acknowledge this ground breaking work. HRH quotes with equal ease Theodore Alexander, Pythagoras and Lao Tzu - at the same time showing the similarity of a Stradivarius violin with the essential geometry of nature.
An often misunderstood pioneer of alternative thought, organic farming and human scale architecture, he makes his points with unassuming surety. Anybody but the most truculent doubter will surely see the relationship and custodianship we have with nature and our own spirituality explained in this MUST listen-to audiobook.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Vin Godier on 11 Mar. 2011
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This is a very well written book covering the whole area of problems that we face as humans on our fragile planet. It covers the history of how we got to where we are and why we think like we do, but also dares to suggest that we should take note of where we went wrong, which was mainly divorcing ourselves from nature and living in discord with it instead of in harmony.

The breadth is amazing covering philosophy, art, ecology, agriculture, architecture, global warming, education, economics, health, spirituality the list goes on, but the main theme is that you can't divorce one from the other. Life is a system in which they're all interrelated.

The other point it makes is although science has raised our standard of living considerably over the last four hundred years, we must remember that it always proves itself wrong as it progresses. Nature on the other hand has had nearly fourteen billion years to get it right.

Another thing I love about this book is that it challenges our need for constant economic growth and more and more material things, happiness isn't measured by how much we possess. What we need is empathy for other humans, animals and nature itself, foresight for what a beautiful planet we could have and an awareness of where we are going wrong. It also offers many pointers on how to achieve these things.

The Prince is obviously a deeply spiritual man (and I don't mean religious) and comes from a world centric perspective. If only there were more public figures like him.

The book begins with a call for a revolution! Well I for one speak the same language and when there is enough of us we'll have a wonderful planet to hand down to our children and grand children.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 May 2011
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Harmony: A new way of looking at our world by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales, Tony Juniper and Ian Skelly, HarperCollins, London, 2010, 332 ff.

A holistic approach to 21st century living
By Howard Jones

This is a lavishly illustrated `coffee-table book' that summarizes some of the real and potential environmental challenges confronting us today. It reflects Prince Charles' world-view with which we are already quite familiar. The principal authors of the book were the well-known environmentalist Tony Juniper and writer and broadcaster Ian Skelly. The photographs in the book are of the same breathtaking quality we see in the National Geographic magazine.

The message of the book, as the title makes clear, is a holistic approach to environmental problems. The opening chapters on Harmony and Nature bring into focus the reason why we desperately need a new philosophy of living in the world. In The Golden Thread chapter the authors describe some of the sacred geometry of the ancients. The Age of Disconnection and Renaissance deal with the rise of scientific materialism and determinism, and the final chapters on Foundations and Relationship point up the need for a more unifying and spiritually holistic outlook to human life.

Just how much some materialists need to learn is indicated by the comments of one reviewer that `Spirituality isn't, as this book suggests, the solution; it's the problem', though in just what way spirituality is a problem is not made clear. Of course, the advances achieved through scientific materialism are enormous and they contribute to the quality of life of millions of us today.
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