The book is 425 pages, divided into three: "In Search of the Lost Vision", "Does the Nobel Prize have the potential to change the world?" and "Who Should Have Won the Peace Prize 1901–2019?".
I open Back of medal with anticipation and hope – can the book help save our only planet? Yes, with this great work on the history of the Peace Prize, Heffermehl comes both with new knowledge and inspiration to all anti-war and peace activists, and with a strong appeal to gather to stop a third world war, which may be the last.
In the first part of the book, Heffermehl analyzes his way to the Nobel intention with the Peace Prize, by studying the time he lived in, his environment and circle of friends. Foremost among them is Bertha von Suttner, whose book Down with the weapons affected the whole world. She describes war propaganda as an important part of the war preparations, as rivalry between the great powers was a triggering cause of the First World War. After the Crimean War, a peace movement emerged to stop all war, and Suttner asked Alfred Nobel for support. Heffermehl writes "it was a matter of preventing, not making the wars more humane or providing humanitarian aid to the victims". He concludes that there was work for disarmament Nobel would support when he created. . .