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Kings of Peace, Pawns of War: The untold story of peace-making Hardcover – 1 Jul 2006

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  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Continnuum-3PL; 1st edition (1 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826490573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826490575
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Few professions are more needed today -- and less understood -- than the job of an international conflict mediator. Harriet Martin's vivid story-telling helps us get inside the minds and hearts of six master mediators so we can learn what they do, why they do it, how they fail, and how they succeed. A wonderful read - I recommend it highly!"
William Ury, co-author "Getting to Yes" and author, The "Third Side." --,

"Building on theauthor's conversations with six mediators, members of their teams andrepresentatives of the parties they have worked with in Iraq, Cyprus, Aceh, SriLanka and Sudan, this book offers a unique glimpse into the secluded world ofinternational peacemaking.... While contributing to an understanding of theeveryday trials and tribulations of mediation in track-one peacemaking, a worldwhere glamour appears conspicuously absent, Martin's book also invites reflectionson the nature of peace processes.... Unwittingly or not, Martin's fascinatingbook lends support to the contention that mediation is as much an art as ascience..."- Ann-Sofi Jakobsson Hatay, "Journalof Peace and Research, "Vol. 44 No. 1 January 2007--,

"As an academic who is interested in the field of conflict resolution, I was delighted to be offered the opportunity to review this book. The book is well written and interesting and contains fine analytical thinking about her interviews and other material she selected concerning the mediations she discusses in her book. Her narratives are excellent, thoughtful narratives by a knowledgeable journalist with access to the mediators whose mediations she discusses."--Sanford Lakoff

"Few professions are more needed today and less understood than the job of an international conflict mediator. Harriet Martin's vivid story-telling helps us get inside the minds and hearts of six master mediators so we can learn what they do, why they do it, how they fail, and how they succeed. A wonderful read - I recommend it highly!"
William Ury, co-author "Getting to Yes" and author, The "Third Side." --Sanford Lakoff

"A fascinating read...the inside story of some of the world's most intractable conflicts, Harriet Martin has secured access to some of the world's most impressive diplomats and she tells their stories with flair."
Owen Bennett-Jones, BBC Newshour presenter and author of Pakistan: Eye of the Storm --Sanford Lakoff

In this highly readable book, Harriet Martin has shed a bright light on the personalities and tactics of modern conflict mediators individuals who are rarely heralded, and almost never studied, and yet whose decisions affect the lives of millions. Martin's tales from the front will change the way we see the role of foreigners in conflict. The lessons she draws - if heeded - could dramatically improve the peace-makers' odds."
Samantha Power, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide" --Sanford Lakoff

"Kings of Peace is a straightforward account of the experiences of those engaged in conflict resolution"
South China Morning Post, 3/9/06--Sanford Lakoff

'Kings of Peace, Pawns of War is well written and interesting and contains fine analytical thinking.' 'Her narratives... are excellent, thoughtful narratives by a knowledgeable journalist with access to the mediators whose mediations she discusses.' - Morton Deutsch, PsycCRITIQUES--Sanford Lakoff

"Building on the author's conversations with six mediators, members of their teams and representatives of the parties they have worked with in Iraq, Cyprus, Aceh, Sri Lanka and Sudan, this book offers a unique glimpse into the secluded world of international peacemaking.... While contributing to an understanding of the everyday trials and tribulations of mediation in track-one peacemaking, a world where glamour appears conspicuously absent, Martin's book also invites reflections on the nature of peace processes.... Unwittingly or not, Martin's fascinating book lends support to the contention that mediation is as much an art as a science..."- Ann-Sofi Jakobsson Hatay, "Journal of Peace and Research, "Vol. 44 No. 1 January 2007--Sanford Lakoff

"Regardless of their relatively obscure public personae, the book's subjects are captivating. Here are men who have forged careers in civil service and who, together with "a phenomenal ability to listen," bring to the negotiating table their diplomatic savoir faire...Antonia Potter's analytical and well-informed epilogue does much to put the subjects in a more academic context and to encourage further reading and research. It is perhaps the greatest asset of this balanced book that, while not being an exhaustive study of any one of the cases it deals with, it employs wit and the seemingly effortless writing of a journalist to bridge the gap and engross us all in these fascinating and current stories. Furthermore, at a time when foreign intervention is more topical than ever, it makes a convincing case for mediation and the power of diplomacy as a way of embracing our collective responsibility to protect nations emerging from conflict." -Katya Leney-Hall, Ph.D., International Journal on World Peace, December 2008

About the Author

Harriet Martin covered the war in Bosnia for the Financial Times and the Economist in the mid-1990s, and subsequently worked at the BBC in London. She was a correspondent for the Independent in Geneva before joining the United Nations as a speech writer and political analyst.


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