on 22 June 2007
'Kings of Peace, Pawns of War' is an essential tool for scholars and practitioners alike. It throws light on the individual personalities, skills and practices of the mediators in some of the world's most complex conflicts. At the same time, the author outlines clearly and impartially the reasons these conflicts ignited or why they have continued to defy both pressure from the international community, as well as diplomatic talent and experience. Harriet Martin treats her subjects with enthusiasm, understanding and wit, making this book as engrossing and enjoyable as it is informative.
on 7 October 2009
I love the book. I was always wondering what kinds of geniuses are making the moves on the big chess board of the world. This book is demystifying it all and making it more human and real. All the piece mediators are described with a richness of the character comparable to the classical novels, and with a lot of humor as well. At the same time there is nothing judgmental about it. There are the people, the circumstances and the games... and it is all played out in a way that everyone can understand and enjoy. The book is interesting and the pace is quick. It is an interesting combination to describe piece mediations that lasted for years. The rhythm is making the book very gripping on top of the interesting subject. What an eye opener.