The premise of this follow-up to Leadership and Self-Deception is simple:
people whose hearts are at peace do not wage war, whether they're heads of state, leaders of businesses or members
of a family.
In this semi-fictional narrative ("inspired by actual events") illustrating the
principles of achieving peace, the setting is a two-day parent workshop at an Arizona-based wilderness camp for out-of-control
teenagers, but the storyline is a mere setting for an instruction manual.
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.
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.
Workshop facilitators Yusuf al-Falah, a Palestinian Arab whose father was killed
by Israelis in 1948, and Avi Rozen, an Israeli Jew whose father died in the Yom Kippur War, use examples from their domestic
lives and the history of their region to illustrate situations in which the normal and necessary routines of daily life can
become fodder for conflict. Readers observe this through the eyes of one participant, a father whose business is in nearly
as much trouble as his teenage son.