"Betraying the Nobel describes in detail the fallacies of past selections. This is an excellent book.”
– Michael Nobel, from the Foreword
“A technically accurate, opinionated accounting of unforgettable winners and losers... Turrettini delves into the weird nebula of secrecy, dogma, politics, and pressure surrounding the Nobel Peace Prize."
– Kirkus Reviews
Turrettini had written a brilliant, illuminating story that delves into the history of the Nobel Peace Prize to reveal how corruption and media attention have reduced one of the most prestigious honors into little more than a popularity contest. If there's one book to read this year, it's Betraying the Nobel.
– Samina Ali, author of Madras on Rainy Days and curator of “Muslima”
“Impressive. Filled with extensive research and insights. Turrettini’s style is clear and readable and the analysis is targeted and supported. A compelling, frightening, and worthy read.”
– The Huffington Post, praise for The Mystery of the Lone Wolf Killer
"Winning the Nobel Peace Prize brings instant global acclaim. It is surely the world's most prestigious award. But in Betraying the Nobel, Norweigian author Unni Turrettini goes beyond headlines and cliches to reveal a deeper and more troubling story of how a handful of politicians in one country decide who will be honored with the Prize. Turrettini's book is a tour de force of investigative research, subtle analysis and balanced reporting. It is essential reading for any citizen who wants to understand global politics--and should be assigned for study in foreign ministries and universities around the world."
– Ambassador Derek Shearer (former US ambassador to Finland), Chevalier Professor of Diplomacy and Director of the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs, Occidental College
"The Nobel Peace Prize is perhaps the most closely held monopoly of its kind, charged by Alfred to be the 'conscience of the world.' Yet Turrettini's impeccably researched, masterfully argued case against the prize is airtight: the prize teems with invidious corruption, politicization, secrecy, opacity, and unaccountability. Hope endures that the award may someday live up to Nobel's alturistic aspirations—but only if the Peace Prize Committee hearkens to Turrettini's clarion call for reform."
– Brian Keating, PhD, Chancellor's Distinguished Professor of Physics, UC San Diego, author of LOSING THE NOBEL PRIZE
"Unni Turrettini describes in her efficient and quietly devastating account, [how] the Peace Prize soon fell to secret horse-trading, moral grandstanding and what one Norwegian parliamentarian calls ‘the privatisation of foreign policy’... Turrettini provides a detailed account of how it all went wrong."
– The Spectator