News and Reviews

Speaking Their Peace



  • “I was blown over by this book! I have never seen a compendium of interviews like this, from so many different perspectives, in such rich and human detail. Not only were the interviews sensitively and honestly transcribed in a way that makes each of the interviewees feel like he or she is jumping right off the page, but the background information on each conflict, and the notes for each chapter heading, are equally moving and insightful. I wish everyone could read this book and understand that ‘peace’ and ‘justice’ are not abstract terms.”— Melanie Greenberg, president, Alliance for Peacebuilding
  • Speaking Their Peace provides a glimpse directly into the lives of the women and men, the youngsters and retirees, the teachers and taxi drivers, the rebels and the conscripts who have seen the impact of war in their homes, schools, villages, and streets. They’ve experienced terrible things. Yet, what’s most remarkable is their determination not only to survive but to thrive, not to seek revenge but to build a better life for themselves, their families, and their entire societies. It’s inspiring. And it needs to be heard by everyone lucky enough to have seen modern conflict only on TV.”— Manal Omar, author of Barefoot in Baghdad
  • “A remarkable book in both big and small ways. The landscape of the book—the disturbing, scarring, but often astonishingly resilient world of souls emerging from war and violence into a tentative peace—is a cautionary tale full of urgent lessons to be learned. But the heart of the book—the specific voices of the people who suffer and survive—will stay with me. This is essential reading for all who wish to make a difference in these settings.”— Peter T. Coleman, professor of psychology and education, Columbia University
  • “In this collection of moving interviews, Colette Rausch illustrates, at the most basic level, how important peacemaking and peacekeeping are, and how difficult. Participants and victims alike reveal the trauma and the antagonisms that conflict leaves in its wake. Reconciliation comes only very gradually and often incompletely, requiring persistent local leadership and long-term international support from people like Ms. Rausch and her colleagues at the United States Institute for Peace. Readers will find a new appreciation of why this is worth doing.”— James Dobbins, senior fellow with the RAND Corporation and special envoy for the Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton administrations
  • “This book should be required reading for all those involved in postconflict peace and reconciliation processes.”— Lady Anne Greenstock, Advisory Board Member, Women for Women International