I enjoyed We Speak as One: Twelve Nobel Laureates Share Their Vision for Peace, edited by Arthur Zajonc, even though it was not quite what I expected. I thought it was going to be essays written by the laureates themselves. Instead, the first half consisted of short biographies of 13 of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, generally peppered with quotes from them, and the second half consisted of an imagined conversation between the 12 laureates from the first half who are still living. The conversation was not imagined in the sense that the editor put words in the laureates’ mouths; rather, he took quotes from them and arranged them in such a way that they could have been responses to each other, interspersed with his own words as the facilitator of this “conversation”. It was quite creative and Zajonc clearly spent a great deal of time studying writings by these 12 individuals in order to put their words together in such a coherent manner. However, I felt slightly let down by it. I enjoyed reading their words, but I felt that it was not quite accurate – even though they really said these things, they did not in fact say them in the context in which they were placed in this book. I think I would prefer to read longer writings by each laureate, and I will probably do that at some point.
We Speak as One is a quickly read introduction to the lives and work of some of the Nobel Peace Prize winners. It is definitely inspiring to read their words no matter what the format is, and I do recommend it if this interests you.