Verdict: The author doesn’t rely on platitudes or New Age generalizations. Instead, he presents a thoroughly researched examination of three powerful forces that are driving “the secret peace.”
Despite wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, continuing conflict in the Middle East, and such horrendous events as 911 and other terrorist acts, author Jesse Richards presents the boldly optimistic theory that the world is actually moving away from war and violence toward unity and peace.
Richards—an artist, Mensa member, and a manager with Meetup, a website that helps people self-organize into local community groups—doesn’t rely on platitudes or New Age generalizations. Instead, he presents a thoroughly researched examination of three powerful forces that are driving “the secret peace,” including the spreading of knowledge, the democratizing of power to the world’s masses, and connecting with each other globally via the Internet and other means.
Contrary to a bleak world of violence and despair so often portrayed by the media, Richards exposes countless areas in which people from various backgrounds and countries have united in unprecedented ways, revealing a growing sense of global community, and commitment to one another and to our shared environment.
The book is also a call to action, for though the planet is on a positive track there is still much work to do. Fact-driven and forthright, Richard’s compelling treatise unveils the achievement of world peace as an emerging, unstoppable reality, not an impossible dream.
Reviewed by Kathryn Livingston
Avid reader and book reviewer. Author “All About Motherhood” (an indie) and other titles that are not. Blogs about family issues. Practices yoga. www.livwrite.blogspot.com