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The Nobel Peace Prize Laureates of the 20th Century -- Selections from their Acceptance Speeches
Third Edition

Selected and Edited by Irwin Abrams
Foreword by President Jimmy Carter
Newmarket Press, 2000
160 pages. $14.95. Hardcover.

"This book should be required reading for everyone ... one is immediately struck by the sheer power of their words." -- Nashville Banner

"Excellent ... Topics that will arouse curiosity and awareness." -- Booklist

"Valuable and pragmatic." -- St. Louis Post Dispatch

Updated to include all the voices of the century, The Words of Peace is a unique, moving, and inspiring collection of selections from the acceptance speeches of the Nobel Peace Prize's winners and lectures given by laureates since the Award's inception in 1901, and provides a fascinating look at the history of the past 100 years through the eyes of those humanitarians who worked to better our world.

Selected by Irwin Abrams, the world's foremost historian on the Nobel Peace Prize, which was established "to honor the heroes of peace," these excerpts were written or spoken by the eighty laureates of the 20th century. This new edition includes words of the Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (1999), Northern Ireland political leaders John Hume and David Trimble (1998), the International Campaign to Ban Landmines' Jody Williams (1997), East Timorese peace leaders Belo and Ramos-Horta, and nuclear disarmament advocates Joseph Rotblat and the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs (1995).

Long synonymous with personal greatness, leadership and some of the most noble ideas of the 20th century, these heroes of peace -- whose ranks include Albert Schweitzer, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, Lech Walesa, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr., Oscar Arias Sanchez, Andrei Sakharov, Elie Weisel, Nelson Mandela, Yitzhak Rabin, and many others -- stand as testaments to the human potential for sanity and compassion in the face of the most pressing problems of our age.

Illustrated with 8 historical photographs, and featuring an introduction on Peace and the Prize by former Nobel Institute director Jakob Sverdrup, the selections in this beautiful gift edition are arranged in seven sections giving significant perspectives on such themes as: the Bonds of Humanity, Faith and Hope, the Tragedy of War, Human Rights, Violence and Nonviolence, Politics and Leadership, and, of course, Peace.


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First Edition, 1990
Second Edition, 1995