The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict

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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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576755843
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576755846
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces

Customer Reviews

Marriage Lifeline

240 people found this helpful.
 on September 15, 2006
By freeezn
My husband and I were days away from divorce. We were each given a copy of this book the night before our court appearance by a dear friend. He could see how much pain both of us were in and wanted desperately to help us. He had already attended The Arbinger Institutes training and had read all of their books; most recently, this book. He knew how powerful its message is to the right heart.

One of those rare "EVERYONE NEEDS A COPY" books

91 people found this helpful.
 on September 6, 2006
By Joanna D.
I read this while taking a train to a meeting, and when I got back on the train, I re-read the entire book all over. I was absolutely blown away. The authors of the book, the Arbinger Institute, have discovered the secret to world peace–and to domestic tranquility in your marriage and family as well.

Excellent Book!

66 people found this helpful.
 on July 9, 2006
By Brad Lowe
I stayed up until 3:00 in the A.M. the day that I received the book and finished it that same day. It’s the prequel to Leadership & Self Deception, and it continues to develop many of the same principles. In this book, however, they step away from the business atmosphere, and focus on changing yourself to effect change in relationships in the home, and between nations. I am confident that if everyone in the world read and understood the principles in this set of books, it would literally solve most all of the world’s problems; problems at homes and with families, problems in the workplace, and problems between societies and governments. At the very least this book will change your perspective and change your life. It’s due out in August, and I recommend it to everyone. […]

Simplistic, But Worth a Read

31 people found this helpful.
 on February 27, 2010
By Oliver
Anatomy of Peace is sort of a prequel to Leadership and Self-Deception. If you loved Leadership, you’ll love this one, too. If you are choosing between the two, I’d skip Leadership and start here. Anatomy picks up where Leadership leaves off, and is in some sense more advanced, but the concept(s) in these books are pretty simple and you might as well start here.

Perfect timing for a book of Peace

15 people found this helpful.
 on July 30, 2006
By Cheryl L. Jensen
The Anatomy of Peace couldn’t come at a better time; just look at the headlines of any newspaper or news website. Arbinger has a wonderful way of leveraging the lessons of history to teach us yet again the wisdom of human experience. Whether we struggle at home or work, we all live one whole life. The elegant simplicity of the stories and examples in this book serve as both a wakeup call and beacon of hope for anyone seeking a more productive, peaceful, and fulfilling life. I’ve read the book three times and will read it again soon as a constant reminder to myself that choice is always within me. This is a great book for any leader in any environment seeking to lead more effectively and create more positive impact.

Profound book on how to resolve conflict from within

10 people found this helpful.
 on July 13, 2015
By Meredith Bell
If you’ve had an ongoing conflict with someone in your professional or personal life for a while, you’ve probably made a substantial list of things about that person you’d like to change. The Anatomy of Peace has the potential to help you dramatically improve the situation, if you’re willing to look within, recognize your role in the conflict and change your mindset.

You will truly be able to find peace after reading this book . . .

12 people found this helpful.
 on July 4, 2007
By S. Nielsen
The Anatomy of Peace takes the first book from the Arbinger Institute, “Leadership and Self-Deception,” (hereafter LASD) to the next level. Where LASD teaches about being in the box toward others, Anatomy of Peace explains what the boxes are and how we make them. I can’t recommend this book enough. As soon as I read just the first few pages of LASD I knew they were keepers and had to stop and immediately order one each for my husband and myself, so we’d each be able to highlight them where wanted and re-read them at will. Don’t pass either of these books by, they are books I will use and read throughout my life.

This is one of the best books I have ever read

3 people found this helpful.
 on January 7, 2017
By D. Davies
This is one of the best books I have ever read. Some books I read are entertaining, some are inspiring, some are educational, and some are life changing. This book has been life changing for me. I have purchased several copies that I have given as Christmas presents and plan to give some as wedding gifts as well.

Getting it into my DNA!

24 people found this helpful.
 on July 20, 2007
By JJ
I love the concepts taught in this book. I find them profound. I recognize the truth of them as soon as I read them. And I’ve been trying ever since to make them a fundamental part of my being…at the cellular level! I want it to be who I am without having to thnk things through so much. I’m looking forward to the day when my natural reaction to a challenging situation is a qualified, loving reception of the other’s point of view, and that from me, he is validated. And in my presence, he feels good about himself. This book is showing me how to do that. The more I study it, the more deeply I am able to think about things and BE the best version of me possible; the rewards are indescribable. The joy that comes from living ‘out of the box’ are more incredible than anything else I can think of. When we look upon every soul wih compassion, love, respect, and treat them with kindness, regardless of the mood they may be in, regardless of the challenges they currently face, and regardless of what kind of day we had ourselvs, we have won the greatest victory; victory over self. Connecting with people is the work of this lifetime. Being children of God, we can’t help but feel best when we reach out to others in service, compassion and love, unconditionally. That’s the way He made us! This book could change the world. It could provide the ‘powers that be’ a new place to start, and a different way to think of things, and therefore, a different way to respond…one that never threatens the dignity and respect each feels he/she deserves. Peace “out there” starts with peace “in here”, right inside my own self. When I am at peace in my own heart, I am able to go out and help create peace in the world, one encounter at a time. I LOVE this book!

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