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Guerrilla War, Divorce, Gangs Hold Secrets for Defusing Climate Disputes

A new book catalogs the science and history of “high conflict” — and offers pivotal lessons to make it something productive.

Amanda Ripley structures her book High Conflict around several in-depth profiles of a divorce mediator, a former Chicago gang leader, a Colombian guerrilla fighter turned social-justice advocate, and an environmentalist who broke his own mold. 

Amanda Ripley structures her book High Conflict around several in-depth profiles of a divorce mediator, a former Chicago gang leader, a Colombian guerrilla fighter turned social-justice advocate, and an environmentalist who broke his own mold. 

Photographer: Ivan Valencia/Bloomberg

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