The End of War

“We’ve all heard of the mind’s eye; Paul K. Chappell offers us a view through the heart’s eye. His life, his military experience, and his insight have inspired him to share something that is already changing us. Every reader of his books will know we are seeing an important new author emerge. He is one we need.”

—GAVIN DE BECKER, best-selling author of The Gift of Fear  

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THE END OF WAR: How Waging Peace Can Save Humanity, Our Planet, and Our Future


The_End-of_War_Paul_ChappellApril 2012 (Easton Studio Press)

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Paul K. Chappell discusses the causes of war and the power of waging peace by exploring our shared humanity, societal illusions, human aggression, the cure for greed, the laws of conflict, moral fury, why we must go beyond preaching to the choir, what peace activists and soldiers have in common, the hidden dangers of war, the future of the military, and how ideas can change the world.

From the foreword by Gavin de Becker:  Gandhi said, “The machineries of governments stand between and hide the hearts of one people from those of another.” Paul K. Chappell reveals many hearts to us, by revealing his own. He is a soldier and a warrior, and a crusader for peace. The road to peace is not a straight one, he explains; it is like a vine: it will have many twists and turns on the way. He understands that many times in the past, people have put all their faith in waging war as the best way to defend themselves. However, in a world that every day becomes more interconnected and fragile, Paul shows how the power of waging peace gives us all a more effective and reliable way to defend ourselves.


“Captain Paul K. Chappell has given us a crucial look at war and peace from the unique perspective of a soldier, and his new ideas show us why world peace is both necessary and possible in the 21st century.  The End of War can help people everywhere understand why war must end, and how together we can end it.”

— ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

The End of War is another timeless masterpiece, building upon Paul K. Chappell’s previous work with brilliant insight and lucid prose, in order to identify: the root cause of war, the most difficult artform (living!), how to live and why to live, and a true ‘toolbox’ of skills and wisdom to begin the process of building a peaceful world.”

—LT. COL. DAVE GROSSMAN, author of On Killing and On Combat, Director of the Warrior Science Group


Foreword by Gavin de Becker



Chapter One: The Path to Light

Chapter Two: The Nature of Human Aggression

Chapter Three: The Cure for Greed

Chapter Four: The Laws of Conflict

Chapter Five: Moral Fury


Chapter Six: Glorify Peace, Not War

Chapter Seven: Waging Peace in the Age of Media War

Chapter Eight: The Road to Cooperation

Chapter Nine: War as Russian Roulette

Chapter Ten: The Future of the Military

Epilogue: Growing the Vine of Ideas

Note on the book cover image: The sculpture shown is The Triumph of Napoleon in 1810 by Jean-Pierre Cortot, part of L’Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The Romans used laurel wreaths to celebrate military conquest. This sculpture shows Napoleon being crowned with such a wreath at the height of his power. Triumph depicts the glorification of war, the leaders who drag countries into war, and the celebration of death that disregards the soldiers and civilians killed during war.