Category Archives: Conflict Book Reviews

The best books to help you understand and navigate conflict

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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Systemic Thinking and Trump’s Environmental Policies

I thought two past posts on the work of Gregory Bateson (1904-1980) and his “Steps to an Ecology of Mind” worth reposting given what Trump is proposing to do to the planet:  “On the one hand, have the systemic nature … Continue reading

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Donald Trump is Disgusting

Jon Haidt, in his fine book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, opened my eyes to the different Moral Foundations of Liberals and Conservatives; though I didn’t agree with the Conservative (not his) take … Continue reading

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Tao Te Ching: Lao Tse (circa 600-531 BCE): Top Ten Conflict Tips

In these scoundrel times with “war lords” wreaking havoc, I thought it time for one of Top Ten Conflict Tips, this time from the founder of Taoism the sage Lao Tse who starts his famous book the Tao Te Ching … Continue reading

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Insurgencies: 1968 and 2016

Historians will draw parallels between two years of US political insurgencies: 1968 and 2016. I was a witness to 1968 in Europe: the Paris Uprising that delivered nothing as De Gaulle used it to boost the Right. In the US … Continue reading

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