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Will War Ever End?: A Soldier's Vision of Peace for the 21st Century

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Once in a great while, a book is written that substantially changes the way people think about a particular subject. Will War Ever End? is such a book. Written as a ?manifesto for waging peaceOCO by an active duty captain in the US Army, Will War Ever End? challenges readers to think about peace, war and violence in radically new ways.
?Are human beings naturally violent?O
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ebook, 96 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Easton Studio Press (first published February 1st 2009)
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Marshall
This tiny book makes the case that violence is not a part of human nature. Defection is a huge problem for militaries, and despite how heavily soldiers are conditioned to kill, it is still extremely difficult for them to bring themselves to do so. The traumatic psychological effects on the soldiers after a war also indicate that what they do in war is against their instincts. In the dilemma between fight and flight, our instinct is flight. The only exception is when those we care about are in da ...more
Julia
Jan 01, 2010 Julia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction

I saw this book on the shelves at my library with one genre book challenge yet to fulfill- and only a few hours left to read it: a socio/ political book. This is that, but more it is philosophy and a bit of a collection of quotes on the immorality and wrongness of war.



“My experiences (as a part African American, part Asian) child in Alabama, a student at West Point, and a soldier in Baghdad have caused my obsession with war to grow into my hope that, together, we can wage peace and end war in t

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Eric Gulliver
Nov 27, 2009 Eric Gulliver rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Sometime the most simple and prosaic texts can be the most inspiring. In defining usually esoteric terminology and also providing lucid evidence, Chappell presents a strong and cohesive argument throughout this building text. It is a quick read but a necessary one. I had the pleasure of meeting Paul and hearing him speak at the Peace Abbey in Sherborn, Massachusetts. The reason why I mention this, is because after meeting such a humble and gentle person, it makes sense that he would have written ...more
Christopher Obert
Will War Ever End is a short, quick book (I read it in one night) on war and the human condition. I found that I have to agree that we are capable of war like and peaceful emotions and that the peaceful side of us needs to be nurtured and embraced. I agree with Paul’s assessment that the human race is by nature peaceful but turn war like when something is out of balance. I also found Paul’s definition of “fury” and “rage” to be very illuminating. The book is short and easy to read, and is focuse ...more
Sven
A short book that makes one think about war and the motivation that governments use to force soldiers to fight. This is full of hope, but light on concrete actions to take for preventing wars.
Leslie Nord
Jan 11, 2016 Leslie Nord rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Our flight instinct is stronger than our fight one - so how is it possible for man to go into war? What motivated the Greeks? What motivates us today? Powerful and insightful little book - great for discussions on the topic of war.
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A very compelling statement against armed conflict.
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