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The most powerful selling point for this book is the quality of Moore’s writing, her ability to communicate the intangible realities of the dynamics of people in conflict. Some of the cases (“Sheep in the Wilderness,” for example) are “famous” and will attract attention on their own
Moore is widely known and respected as a professional mediator; she is one of the few whose careers have spanned the entire quarter century of the environmental dispute resolution field. She also has fans from her previous book. And she will be an enthusiastic participant in promotion activities
The need for the wisdom and inspiration that this book offers will continue to pull readers. Moore’s practical help for resolving conflicts between people on environmental and other issues is a strong selling point that won’t become outdated for the foreseeable future
In our increasingly polarized society, there are constant calls for compromise, for coming together. For many, these are empty talking points—for Lucy Moore, they are a life's work. As an environmental mediator, she has spent the past quarter century resolving conflicts that appeared utterly intractable. Here, she shares the most compelling stories of her career, offering insight and inspiration to anyone caught in a seemingly hopeless dispute.
Moore has worked on wide-ranging issues—from radioactive waste storage to loss of traditional grazing lands. More importantly, she has worked with diverse groups and individuals: ranchers, environmental activists, government agencies, corporations, tribal groups, and many more. After decades spent at the negotiating table, she has learned that a case does not turn on facts, legal merit, or moral superiority. It turns on people.
Through ten memorable stories, she shows how issues of culture, personality, history, and power affect negotiations. And she illustrates that equitable solutions depend on a healthy group dynamic. Both the mediator and opposing parties must be honest, vulnerable, open, and respectful. Easier said than done, but Moore proves that subtle shifts can break the logjam and reconcile even the most fiercely warring factions.
This book should be especially appealing to anyone concerned with environmental conflicts; and also to students in environmental studies, political science, and conflict resolution, and to academics and professionals in mediation and conflict resolution fields.
Content Level »Lower undergraduate
Keywords »Conflict resolution - Environmental mediation - Native groups - Navajo - Water rights