A biography of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, examining his position as the founder of Buddhism, as well as his emphasis on compassion and the lifestyle of the Middle Way.
Part of the Odysseys in Peace series
In a world strained by conflict, we look to the past for models of peace. With historical and full-color photographs complementing documentary texts, Odysseys in Peace invites advanced readers along on a journey to experience the lives of important peace-seekers like never before. These titles feature a sophisticated design peppered with arresting photographs that illustrate key moments in each figure's life as well as the experiences that shaped their legacy. Side panels, colored callouts, and first-person quotations assist in making the text accessible to a wide range of learners.
Famous advocates of peace and nonviolence are presented in these titles. Preliminary information on their early lives is provided, but the primary focus is on their attempts to make things better for others. Nelson Mandela fought to end apartheid and the Dalai Lama attempted to compromise with China over Tibet. Views of critics are also included—for instance, Christopher Hitchens’s negative opinion of Mother Teresa. The narratives are moderately engaging, depending on the reader’s interest, and they are fairly comprehensive. While not overly exciting reads, these volumes are educational and will be very useful for reports. Titles should be selected as needed.
–Margaret Nunes, School Library Journal , 11/1/2019