Why Do We Fight? : Conflict, War, and Peace
By Niki Walker
Grades 9 and up
The book I reviewed was sent to me by the publisher.
Making sense of a global conflict can be kind of like trying to put together a thousand-piece jigsaw puzzle without looking at the picture on the box.
The writing is engaging and the book’s design is very appealing. Each page is a mixture of white, black, yellow, and gray that gives an overall tone of calm. Chapter headings are in bold set against yellow; gray boxes highlight a definition of important words which might not be fully understood in this context. For example, “Equality”, “Security”, Discriminate”. Maps, sidebars, graphs are used for more details. Also, interspersed throughout the book are quotes from well-known individuals, throughout history, who support peace.
““We must wage peace as vigilantly as we wage war.” –
The Dalai Lama, head monk of Tibetan Buddhism (1950-present)
Walker concludes by saying there’s more than one way to see the conflicts happening around the world. She challenges readers to look beyond what the headlines state.
Just because the answers aren’t always clear or easy to come by, that doesn’t mean you should give up looking for them.