The World's Most Prestigious Prize: The Inside Story of the Nobel Peace Prize is a fascinating, insider account of the Nobel peace prize. Drawing on unprecedented access to the Norwegian Nobel Institute's vast archive, it offers a gripping account of the founding of the prize, as well as its highs and lows, triumphs and disasters, over the last one-hundred-and-twenty years. But more than that, the book also draws on the author's unique insight during histwenty-five years as Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute and Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. It reveals the real story of all the laureates of that period
- some of them among the most controversial in the history of the prize (Gorbachev, Arafat, Peres and Rabin, Mandela and De Klerk, Obama,and Liu Xiaobo) - and exactly why they came to receive the prize.Despite all that has been written about the Nobel Peace Prize, this is the first-ever account written by a prominent insider in the Nobel system.
Director of Norwegian Nobel Institute, 1990-2014; Adjunct Professor of International History, University of Oslo, 1991-2014.
Lundestad makes an eloquent case that the prize has a universal appeal, grounded in humanitarian and nonviolent ideals on which no country or civilization holds a monopoly.
Dan Kaplan, Booklist
A fine [...] introduction to and overview of the Nobel Peace Prize, offering some insight into its workings and nature ... it also offers good insight into the changing nature of the peace movement(s) across the decades, and the different efforts to find and achieve forms of peace.
M.A. Orthofer, Complete Review
Fascinating... a unique insight into the prize that makes compelling reading.
Gier Lundestad is a distinguished historian who served for twenty-five years as the executive director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute. In this unique volume, he writes the history of the Nobel Peace Prize, coupling fascinating vignettes of his interactions with the winners
Mikhail Gorbachev and Barack Obama, among others
with incisive reflections of a mature scholar of international relations.
Melvyn P. Leffler, Emeritus Professor of American History at the University of Virginia
This is a fascinating book... a unique insight into the Prize that makes compelling reading.
David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer