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A Bigger Prize by Margaret Heffernan

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CHAPTER 10

Top of the World

                The more we sweat in peace, the less we bleed in war.

—Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

                China, India, Germany, and South Korea are ‘not playing for second place.’ And neither should we. The United States of America, we play for first place.

—Barack Obama

In 2009 Brett Pierce disconcerted his family by making regular trips to Iraq. He was neither a spy nor a member of the military. Having spent most of his professional life as a producer on Sesame Street, Pierce was on a mission to use television to educate Iraqi teenagers in communication, collaboration, and peace-building. His format of choice ...

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