Synopsis of ‘A Very Dangerous Man’
Donald Reeves’ Memoirs ‘A Very Dangerous Man’ have been published by Continuum . Philip Pullman writes ‘ A Very Dangerous Man is the autobiography of a present day turbulent priest – one of the valuable sort. Donald Reeves has led a life of great variety, great purpose and great usefulness and anyone with the slightest curiosity about how a humane and open mind can work within a religious institution will find this book of great interest.’
Synopsis of ‘The White House – from fear to a handshake’
‘The White House – from fear to a handshake’ by Peter Pelz and Donald Reeves is published by O Books.
The book tells the story of the possibilities of reconciliation in a universal culture saturated with images of war. It shows how it is possible, against all the odds, to bring together former enemies – survivors of a killing camp, and representatives of those who ordered and perpetrated the atrocities and killing. ‘the white house’ shows how it is possible to dismantle nationalism.
The book is a narrative. It starts with something ghastly and ends with a handshake.
Over a thousand men and boys, mostly Muslim, were murdered and many more tortured in the killing camp in the Serb administered iron-ore mine of Omarska between May and August 1992 during the Bosnia War. Ten years after the war ended Mittal Steel bought the mine. Survivors and relatives of the victims demanded a memorial. The Serb administrators refused. The Soul of Europe was called in to mediate between Muslims and Serbs. This book tells the story of this process, talking to victims and perpetrators and achieving the first steps towards acknowledgement of crimes committed and agreement to cooperate on a memorial which is still to be built.
John Paul Lederach, Professor of International Peacebuilding at Notre Dame University writes: ‘This book is a wonderful story of the courage of compassion and tenacity of dialogue in the face of fear and polarisation. I highly recommend it to scholars and practitioners alike’.
Both books are available from Amazon.