Peacemakers

Peacemakers : Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize

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Here, in a single volume, are the profiles of all the individuals and organizations that have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize since its establishment in 1901. From the creator of the prize, Alfred Nobel, the Swedish industrialist who invented dynamite, to Jody Williams and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, these individuals and organizations have devoted their lives to peace and have made our world a better place to live. Ann Keene chronicles the moving stories of the winners of the Nobel Peace prize in 79 essays that focus on the activities that earned each person or organization the prize. She includes fascinating anecdotes about and quotations from the recipients and, at the same time, introduces readers to major events in world history. The winners of the most prestigious peace award in the world include: Henri Dunant (1901), the founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross Theodore Roosevelt (1906), who, as President of the United States, mediated an end to the Russo-Japanese War in 1905; he was the first American to win the prize Fridtjof Nansen (1922), Norwegian humanitarian, scientist, and Arctic explorer Jane Addams (1931), peace activist and social reformer, and a founder of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Ralph J. Bunche (1950), who worked to achieve peace in the Middle East; he was the first African American to win the prize Lester Pearson (1957), who as a member of the Canadian delegation to the United Nations played a key role in ending the Suez Canal crisis Albert Luthuli (1960), former president of the African National Congress and outspoken opponent of South Africa's apartheid system Martin Luther King, Jr. (1964), U.S. civil rights activist United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) (1965), which continues to provide assistance to children in developing countries throughout the world Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams (1976), cofounders of Peace People, an organization dedicated to ending violence in Northern Ireland Mother Teresa (1979), originally a high schoolteacher in India who won the prize for her work with the poor of Calcutta Elie Wiesel (1986), the author who has drawn international attention to the Holocaust Aung San Suu Kyi (1991), founder of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar (Burma) who lived under house arrest for six years Appendixes include a chronological listing of the Nobel Peace Prize Winners, a timeline recounting historic milestones in the peace movement, a listing of major peace organizations, a short glossary of terms, further reading, and an index. From the career diplomats and politicians to the ordinary people who discovered an opportunity to act on behalf of peace, these stories honor those who have made a profound difference in the world.Peacemakers is the ideal introduction to the Nobel Peace Prize for young readers and is an indispensable reference for anyone who is interested in world peace and history.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 303 pages
  • 218.44 x 281.94 x 22.86mm | 1,156.65g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195103165
  • 9780195103168

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"Matter-of-fact, unhyped biographical summaries... inspirational reading... Systematic and substantial, this volume is equally suited to quick reference and deeper study."--Kirkus Reviews"A concise, chronologically arranged title that encompasses Nobel Peace Prize-winning individuals and organizations from 1901 to 1997.... Two-to-five page summaries on the lives and achievements of the pacifists and the goals and work of peacemaking institutions are given. Sidebars highlight important dates and major accomplishments. Bibliographies are provided after most articles... A welcome resource..."--School Library Journal"Excellent coverage of the Nobel Peace Prize winners and their achievements in resolving conflicts. History and biographical sketches blend in an excellent coverage packed with photos and details."--The Children's Bookwatch"The stories are inspirational, often showing how one person can make an enormous difference in world peace.... The information is clearly written in a readable style with definitions for more difficult terms smoothly worked into the text.... Recommended."--Book Report "Matter-of-fact, unhyped biographical summaries... inspirational reading... Systematic and substantial, this volume is equally suited to quick reference and deeper study."--Kirkus Reviews "A concise, chronologically arranged title that encompasses Nobel Peace Prize-winning individuals and organizations from 1901 to 1997.... Two-to-five page summaries on the lives and achievements of the pacifists and the goals and work of peacemaking institutions are given. Sidebars highlight important dates and major accomplishments. Bibliographies are provided after most articles... A welcome resource..."--School Library Journal "Excellent coverage of the Nobel Peace Prize winners and their achievements in resolving conflicts. History and biographical sketches blend in an excellent coverage packed with photos and details."--The Children's Bookwatch "The stories are inspirational, often showing how one person can make an enormous difference in world peace.... The information is clearly written in a readable style with definitions for more difficult terms smoothly worked into the text.... Recommended."--Book Report "Matter-of-fact, unhyped biographical summaries... inspirational reading... Systematic and substantial, this volume is equally suited to quick reference and deeper study."--Kirkus Reviews "A concise, chronologically arranged title that encompasses Nobel Peace Prize-winning individuals and organizations from 1901 to 1997.... Two-to-five page summaries on the lives and achievements of the pacifists and the goals and work of peacemaking institutions are given. Sidebars highlight important dates and major accomplishments. Bibliographies are provided after most articles... A welcome resource..."--School Library Journal "Excellent coverage of the Nobel Peace Prize winners and their achievements in resolving conflicts. History and biographical sketches blend in an excellent coverage packed with photos and details."--The Children's Bookwatch "The stories are inspirational, often showing how one person can make an enormous difference in world peace.... The information is clearly written in a readable style with definitions for more difficult terms smoothly worked into the text.... Recommended."--Book Report "Matter-of-fact, unhyped biographical summaries... inspirational reading... Systematic and substantial, this volume is equally suited to quick reference and deeper study."--Kirkus Reviews"A concise, chronologically arranged title that encompasses Nobel Peace Prize-winning individuals and organizations from 1901 to 1997.... Two-to-five page summaries on the lives and achievements of the pacifists and the goals and work of peacemaking institutions are given. Sidebars highlightimportant dates and major accomplishments. Bibliographies are provided after most articles... A welcome resource..."--School Library Journal"Excellent coverage of the Nobel Peace Prize winners and their achievements in resolving conflicts. History and biographical sketches blend in an excellent coverage packed with photos and details."--The Children's Bookwatch"The stories are inspirational, often showing how one person can make an enormous difference in world peace.... The information is clearly written in a readable style with definitions for more difficult terms smoothly worked into the text.... Recommended."--Book Reportshow more

About Ann T Keene

Ann T. Keene, a writer of nonfiction for both adults and children, is the author of Earthkeepers: Observers and Protectors of Nature and the editor of the forthcoming Oxford American Children's Encyclopedia.show more