How To Achieve a Heaven on Earth: 101 Insightful Essays from the World's Greatest Thinkers, Leaders, and Writers. Pelican. 2010. c.320p. ed. by John Wade II. ISBN 978-1-58980-597-2. pap. $19.95. REL

Wade (founder, Soldiers of Love) asked more than 100 leaders and thinkers to contribute brief essays on ways to improve the world, and his respondents here include Al Gore, Ted Turner, George W. Bush, President Obama, Marianne Williamson, Tony Blair, and Paul Prudhomme, speaking to peace; security; freedom; democracy; prosperity; spiritual, racial, and ecological harmony; health; and moral purpose. The broad range is hard to describe in brief. The contributors agree that something can be done, and even must be done, but their solutions are as various as they are themselves. VERDICT A fascinating octopus of a book on global change, reaching in all directions at once.

Graham Christian -- Library Journal, 3/1/2010