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Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World Paperback – June 26, 2012

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For the first time, His Royal Highness Charles, the Prince of Wales, shares his views on how mankind’s most pressing modern challenges are rooted in our disharmony with nature. In the vein of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth and Van Jones’ Green Collar Economy, Prince Charles presents the compelling case that solutions to our most dire crises—from climate change to poverty—lie in regaining a balance with the world around us.

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HRH The Prince of Wales reveals how the solutions to our most pressing modern challenges, from climate change to poverty, can only be found in regaining a balance with nature.

For decades, The Prince of Wales has studied a wide array of disciplines in his quest to understand how modern industrialization has led us to a state of disharmony with the world around us and pushed us to the very brink of disaster. Now, Prince Charles shows how we can effectively combat such global crises as climate change and poverty by not only relying upon technology but also by changing the way we view the modern world.

With its holistic approach, this provocative and well-reasoned book takes the discussion of sustainability and climate change in a new direction, incorporating the traditional wisdom of our past with the modern science of our present to create a new vision for our world. Illustrated with vivid photographs and charts, this intelligent, practical, and illuminating guide is not only a call to arms in defense of our future but also a powerful weapon in the battle to save our planet.

About the Author

The Prince of Wales has used his unique position to make a difference throughout the world, establishing numerous charities and public interests, and organizing The Prince's Rainforests Project to combat deforestation and global warming.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harper Perennial (June 26, 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0061731358
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0061731358
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.25 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.07 x 1.11 x 9.37 inches
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I’m glad I purchased this book. It’s wonderful to reflect on how we can look at how we got to where we are and respect our past. Reading the text and exploring the pictures makes me realize that I haven’t been really looking at everything deeply, so from now on, I’m going to try harder before any more time is wasted.
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Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2011
I absolutely love this book. It is a must read for every environmentalist, activist and should be for every student.

It is about our environment and the tell tale signs of how damaged it is, why and how it got this way and what we can all do about it. He speaks of "modernism" and the human races' shunning of its bond to nature and how this is unnatural to us and how shunning nature affects us. He briefly covers many subjects, many people do not realize what aspects of our lives that the environment and nature affect. He talks about Nature and its relation to health, healing, communities, crime, behavioral health, food, architecture, religion, math, etc. (The first two chapters are not for the faint of heart, however just like getting over a bad habit, you to admit you have it in order to start recovery so don't lose heart!)

I like the middle chapters; the history (and culture) of how before medieval times we all "lived off the land", how we got here stiffed with our current attitudes and about the Catholic churches involvement.

I shun "modernity" myself, I have felt this way a long time and frankly, I think it was great of Prince Charles to put it in black and white for people that think and feel like I do (a huge impact on people, today-a must read!). He is a very intelligent man, very in tune to all things around him, eloquent and also some humor here and there. The environment and nature touches our lives in so many aspects(aside from the current and immediate dangers), he brings this all together in one very well thought out/laid out book.

A definite addition to my activist library. I bought one for myself and 6 (so far) for friends, family and associates. It's that good and the message is that important! You will feel enlightened by the time you are at the end of the book. Enjoy!
14 people found this helpful
Reviewed in the United States on September 16, 2022
With Prince Charles, soon to be crowned King Charles, in the news, I wanted to read about his environmental work and positions. I was happily surprised to find the book full of pictures from all over the world, and from different eras. I've only started it, but is appears to be well written and thoughtful.
10 people found this helpful
Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2020
Well I could write a book on this book, as the incredible Prince Charles and myself hold so almost eerily parallel perspectives and values, but kind of cool too when you think that we’re separated by both geographical & temporal distances. Anyway, it’s a great book and well worth the read. Even if you don’t agree with many of the points raised in it, I promise you that it does a marvelous job of planting a seed - and goodness knows we could all benefit from sowing some seeds, the Earth herself most of all.
2 people found this helpful
Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2021
Thoughtful and well handled material by HRH.
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Reviewed in the United States on October 16, 2022
This was a fine summary of the new King Charles III and his work at ecological and architectural preservation as an answer to our ecological crisis. His vision is holistic and practical. Great illustrations serve his text very well.
3 people found this helpful
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2016
What a wonderful, inspiring book! While the parts of it that refer to environmental damage are now well known and understood (although there are, sadly, still many politicians around the world who still have their heads buried in the sand) it is a testament to the foresight of Prince Charles -- he was well ahead of his time in this area. However, the area that has fascinated me is that of Sacred Geometry, and I've now gone on to read several other books on the subject, and its allied geometry, Harmonographs. If you want to read a book that will stimulate you into a bit of thinking, then this is the book.
8 people found this helpful
Reviewed in the United States on May 26, 2013
Harmony has been an excellent read! I have really enjoyed the wisdom and balance that Prince Charles has brought to the complex issues that face the planet. He brings a wise and wonderful mix of science and spirituality. I am neither a royalist or anti-royalist. And I am grateful, after reading 'Harmony' that the Queen has remained on the throne so that Prince Charles has been able to devote his heart, intellect, time and influence to raise awareness and help create initiatives to help restore 'Harmony' to the planet.
I thoroughtly recommend this as a book which gives wise and balanced opinion on the interconnected and complex issues that face us as a global people.
2 people found this helpful
Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2015
I just received this marvelous piece of writing by HRH. I opened this lovely book published by HarperCollins in 2010 in Great Britain by Blue Door and, imagine my shock and disappointment when the spine cracked! It's held together by glue, not sewn together. I opened to another page and the spine cracked again. Soon it will be in pieces. I guess that I'll read it, enjoy it, and alas, recycle it when it's totally in pieces. I greatly admire HRH, the Prince of Wales and his desire for harmony with our fragile natural world. I just can't believe that this book is put together in such a shoddy way.
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Vitor Hugo
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive / Impressionante
Reviewed in Brazil on December 30, 2022
It's amazing get access to what king Charles III, still as prince of Wales, think about life. I learn a lot reading this book. His majesty not only put the environmental problems at table, he appoint solutions from organic farming to traces of a new economical system respecting the planet's capacity. It's impressive.

É fantástico ter acesso à mente de Charles III, ainda como príncipe de Gales. Aprendi muito lendo este livro. Sua majestade não só aponta os problemas ambientais, ele apresenta soluções que vão deste produção de alimentos de forma menos agressiva, orgânica, até traços de um novo sistema econômico ou a evolução do atual de forma a respeitar os limites de capacidade do planeta. É impressionante.
R. Bruce Stock
5.0 out of 5 stars The future King of England has done his homework.
Reviewed in Canada on June 29, 2022
With this book, he has delivered a compelling grasp of the menacing realities of our troubled planet, with its environmental challenges. Without a political bias, he provides extensive insights into how our future can be preserved for tomorrow.

R. Bruce Stock
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harmony is a book with a difference.
Reviewed in India on October 25, 2022
.Harmony ' by king Charles is a marvellous book. It's a gold mine of wonderful ideas, where at some places you get dust and soil and stones, while at others you get lumps of gold,and therefore your exploration of the gold mine is worth doing. Charles says, you can't solve environmental and related problems, if you won't change your orientation .Our orientation, he says, should be, "Put Nature at the heart of your consideration ".Yet, in modern times, the people have no place for Nature in their hearts. Charles suggests us 'to travel back in time and to see the world as the ancients saw it'.This is fully true-but today people and govts cut down millions of trees in the name of civilisation, having no reverence for Nature;whereas people in ancient times had deep reverence for trees, streams, rivers and all objects of Nature. So the truth unfolded in this comparison is that a treeless ,anti-life modern civilization is not preferable to the world of our forefathers who were nature lovers and tree lovers. And if we could follow their tenets, 'we realise the timeless view of things which is rooted in human condition and human experience'.Such a feeling or perception is akin to spirituality that the modern men are terribly neglecting. Adopt all palliative measures, you can never solve the environmental problems; get down to the roots of the matter that gives us the life giving earth or the life giving landscape and have the feeling that the trees are your lungs, then the ecological problems will be solved in a few years.
Harmony is therefore a superb book, for you get the good taste of it long after you have finished it.I laud king Charles for his inimitable contribution.
N.Negi,an English Prof, author of the book Publicly Speak Ecology( see Amazon ;a foreword by king Charles to it is solicited.) and a Youtuber with the channel, Environment and public speaking.
5.0 out of 5 stars Harmony von Charles HRH The Prince of Wales
Reviewed in Germany on November 21, 2014
Dieses Buch in der heutigen Zeit zu lesen ist eine reine Freude. Prinz Charles of Wales ist ein hoch intelligenter Mensch der den Kreislauf unsres Seins und unsres Planeten schon lange verstanden hat. Er beleuchtet alle Aspekte unsres Seins aus einer humanen Sicht. Eine reine Freude bereitet es auch dass dieses Buch in einem sehr feinen Englisch geschrieben ist, zusätzlich die schönen Fotos. Ein überaus empfehlenswertes Buch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightened
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 30, 2011
I was astonished by this book. I was astonished by the HRH that wrote it. It has put my view of the man on an entirely different level, and happy I will be to have such a King.

The depth of learning on which his words are based is extraordinary, and I know this because he follows quite uncannilly my own. He brings up many issues I have, quotes the exact verses I have, and tries to help move us forward in ways I haven't yet got to grips with.

I know his basis in philosophy will make a lot wince, but I know what he says is true; it is the very path I started along myself. Since we appear to have walked the same road and come to the same conclusions, there must be something born of right thought in it.

His explanation of the lost ecological essence of the major religions is remarkable to me since I have struggled with the paradox of how far religion has moved away from our Source, the Earth. It is indeed this fracture that has made us believe we are masters of the planet. Man cannot create one blade of grass! We are made up of the rocks and minerals, the air, water, and bacteria of this planet - we are part of it, and it is all of us. We do not exist without it, we are One.

He has done a very remarkable and brave job of pulling the threads together. I agree entirely that we must control ourselves - our population size - or we will go beyond the Earth's willingness to sustain us. This is critical; solving our insane lack of selfcontrol, and sealing the rift between knowledge and knowing, selfishness and community, human and all else, is vital.

Science is a mode of enquiry and it has given us much, but it is only that. There is much that we do not know, much that we never will. We are viewing the world through a letterbox and it's about time we got a much wider holistic outlook whilst there is still beauty to be dreamed.
41 people found this helpful