"The world of politics should be widely humanized, and its intellectual and spiritual dimension cultivated," advises Vaclav Havel, president of the Czech Republic. This stirring volume sets forth his vision of spiritual politics in 35 speeches given around the world since 1990. They have been translated by Paul Wilson.

Havel's sophistication is matched by his moral perspective and his ideal of selfless service. Or, as he puts it in a speech given in Washington, D.C., "The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the heart, in the human power to deflect, in human modesty, and in human responsibility." Havel offers his analysis of the challenges facing a divided Europe and democracies around the world. He speaks eloquently about the dynamics of hatred and the potencies of hope.

Best of all, Havel reveals a deep respect for "the mysterious order of Being" and for an emerging multicultural civilization. All peoples and all leaders must now serve the single planetary civilization. The spiritual politics envisioned by Vaclav Havel is practical, imaginative, and worthy of emulation.