The Art of Waging Peace

“As a Vietnam combat veteran I think it is highly inspiring to discover that someone with Captain Chappell’s credentials has refocused his military training, discipline, courage, and compassion to redirect those skills toward the necessary strategies of gaining the peace. I highly recommend this book to everyone who cares about the subject, and pity all those who don’t.”

– THOMAS STEINBECK, John Steinbeck Family Foundation

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THE ART OF WAGING PEACE: A Strategic Approach to Improving Our Lives and the World

The Art of Waging Peace


July 4, 2013 (Prospecta Press)

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Over two-thousand years ago, Sun Tzu wrote The Art of War. In today’s struggle to stop war, terrorism, and other global problems, West Point graduate Paul K. Chappell offers new and practical solutions in his pioneering book, The Art of Waging Peace. By sharing his own personal struggles with childhood trauma, racism, and berserker rage, Chappell explores the anatomy of war and peace, giving strategies, tactics, and leadership principles to resolve inner and outer conflict. Chappell explains from a military perspective how Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. were strategic geniuses, more brilliant and innovative than any general in military history, courageous warriors who advanced a more effective method than waging war for providing national and global security. This pragmatic and richly instructive book shows how we can become active citizens with the skills and strength to defeat injustice and end all war.

“I am profoundly grateful for the courage and intelligence with which Paul K. Chappell serves his country.”

—Barry Lopez, National Book Award winner


Prophets of Peace: General Douglas MacArthur Speaking on the Need to Abolish War

Preface: The Three Forms of Change


Chapter One: The Labyrinth of Trauma

Chapter Two: The Siren Song of Rage

Chapter Three: The First Line of Defense

Chapter Four: The Power of Calm

Chapter Five: The Three Forms of Deflection

Chapter Six: The Perilous Arrow


Chapter Seven: West Point and World Peace

Chapter Eight: The Master of Deception

Chapter Nine: The Sword of Truth

Chapter Ten: The Power of Persuasion and Strategic Thinking

Chapter Eleven: How We Can Protect Our Country and Planet in the Twenty-first Century

Chapter Twelve: The Underdog Journey

Note on the book cover image: The image is Monumento a los Caidos, a memorial dedicated to those who died in the Spanish Civil War, located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain.

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