Bone to Pick by Ellis Cose
Of Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Reparation, and Revenge

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In a world riven by conflict, reconciliation is not always possible -- but it offers one of the few paths to peace for a troubled nation or a troubled soul. In Bone to Pick, bestselling author and Newsweek editor Ellis Cose offers a provocative and wide-ranging discussion of the power of reconciliation, the efficacy of revenge, and the possibility of forgiveness.
People increasingly are searching for ways to put the demons of the past to rest. That search has led parents to seek out the murderers of their children and torture victims to confront their former tormentors. In a narrative drawing on the personal and dramatic stories of people from Texas to East Timor, Cose explores the limits and the promise of those encounters.
Bone to Pick is not only the story of victims who have found peace through confronting the source of their pain; it is also a profound meditation on how the past shapes the present, and how history's wounds, left unattended, can fester for generations. Time does not heal all, Cose points out. Memories and anger can linger long beyond a human lifespan. The descendants of Holocaust survivors and African slaves alike feel the effects of their forebears' pain -- and in some cases are still demanding restitution.
What is behind the movement for reparations? Why are truth-and-reconciliation commissions sprouting all over the world? Why are old wars being refought and old wounds being reopened? In Bone to Pick, Ellis Cose provides a moving and nuanced guide to such questions as he points the way toward a more harmonious world.
 

About Ellis Cose

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Ellis Cose, former columnist and contributing editor for Newsweek magazine and former chairman of the editorial board and editorial page editor of the New York Daily News, began his journalism career as a weekly columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. Cose has been a contributor and press critic for Time magazine, president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Journalism Education, as well as chief writer on management and workplace issues for USA Today. Cose is a regular contributor on The Today Show, Nightline, Dateline, ABC Evening News, Good Morning America, the PBS "Time to Choose" election special, Charlie Rose, CNN's "Talk Back Live," and a variety of other nationally televised and local programs. He has received fellowships or individual grants from the Ford Foundation, The Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, among others, and has received numerous journalism awards including four National Association of Black Journalists first place awards. Cose is the author of Bone to Pick: On Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Reparation and Revenge, The Envy of the World, the bestselling The Rage of a Privileged Class, and several other books.
 
Published April 6, 2004 by Pocket Books. 224 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, Parenting & Relationships, History, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Newsweek contributing editor Cose (The Envy of the World ) examines a broad spectrum of responses to the pain and trauma of pe

Mar 29 2004 | Read Full Review of Bone to Pick: Of Forgiveness,...

Publishers Weekly

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Newsweek contributing editor Cose (The Envy of the World ) examines a broad spectrum of responses to the pain and trauma of personal violence as well as national tragedy.

Mar 29 2004 | Read Full Review of Bone to Pick: Of Forgiveness,...

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He was also named the 2002 winner of the New York Association of Black Journalists' lifetime achievement award, winner of the 2003 award for best magazine feature from the National Association of Black Journalists as well as the winner of two New York Association of Black Journalists' first place...

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