Category Archives: Conflict Book Reviews

The best books to help you understand and navigate conflict

The Medium is the Message: Historical Impact of New Technologies

New media are usually haled as a major step in the spreading of enlightenment and knowledge. However: In 1487 two Dominican Friars Heinrich Kramer and Jakob Sprenger published “Malleus Malificarum”, (Hammer of the Witches) the definitive treatise on why someone … Continue reading

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Twelve Rules for Life as an Alternative to Jordan Peterson’s

 Conservative Canadian academic psychologist Jordan Peterson (1962-) is currently all the rage, especially, apparently among resentful young men. I don’t know any of the latter so I will take peoples’ word for it. His You Tube talks have gone viral … Continue reading

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“The Doomsday Machine” by Daniel Ellsberg

Well the bad news: I just finished probably the most disturbing book I have ever read: Daniel Ellsberg’s “The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear Planner”. It’s main findings: (My own from his: we are lucky still to be here … Continue reading

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Strategy by Any Other Name Would Sound as Unacceptable

Someone asked me for some strategic thoughts on the current US political situation:  I don’t think the Dems/progressives can do strategy. Not seen any sign of it these recent decades. My strategic views are not very popular, don’t get many … Continue reading

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The Art of Listening: Erich Fromm (1900-1980)

Listening is a key skill in all conflict negotiation, and I thought this quote and these six guides from Erich Fromm’s “The Art of Listening” very useful in their insights even for negotiating with an obvious opponent or even enemy. … Continue reading

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“Learning to Die in the Anthropocene” by Roy Scranton

Well I just read in one sitting Roy Scranton’s “Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization” (Hint the book is not about individual, but imminent civilizational mortality and can be summed up in one … Continue reading

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Pseudo-Revolutions from Above: Former Soviet Union and Trump’s America

Some history people don’t understand, at least as I see it. The fall of the former Soviet Union as described in “Revolution from Above: The Demise of the Soviet System” by David M. Kotz was not a bottom up revolution, … Continue reading

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