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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
by Jordan B. Peterson

Language

English

Pages

416

Publication Date

January 23, 2018

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<b><b>#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER聽</b><br />#1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER<br /><br />What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research.</b><br /><br />Humorous, surprising and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street. <br />聽聽聽聽 What does the nervous system of the lowly lobster have to tell us about standing up straight (with our shoulders back) and about success in life? Why did ancient Egyptians worship the capacity to pay careful attention as the highest of gods? What dreadful paths do people tread when they become resentful, arrogant and vengeful? Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure and responsibility, distilling the world's wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life. <i>12 Rules for Life</i>聽shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith and human nature, while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its readers.
The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the...
by , Stephen Hanselman

Language

English

Pages

415

Publication Date

October 18, 2016

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<p><b>From the team that brought you聽<i>The Obstacle Is the Way</i>聽and聽<i>Ego Is the Enemy</i>, a beautiful daily devotional of Stoic meditations鈥攁n instant <i>Wall Street Journal</i> and <i>USA Today</i> Bestseller.<br /><br /></b>Why have history's greatest minds鈥攆rom George Washington to Frederick the Great to Ralph Waldo Emerson, along with today's top performers from Super Bowl-winning football coaches to CEOs and celebrities鈥攅mbraced the wisdom of the ancient Stoics? Because they realize that the most valuable wisdom is timeless and that philosophy is for living a better life, not a classroom exercise.<br /><br /><i>The Daily Stoic</i> offers 366 days of Stoic insights and exercises, featuring all-new translations from the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the playwright Seneca, or slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus, as well as lesser-known luminaries like Zeno, Cleanthes, and Musonius Rufus. Every day of the year you'll find one of their pithy, powerful quotations, as well as historical anecdotes, provocative commentary, and a helpful glossary of Greek terms. <br /><br />By following these teachings over the course of a year (and, indeed, for years to come) you'll find the serenity, self-knowledge, and resilience you need to live well.聽</p>
The Lessons of History
by , Ariel Durant

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English

Pages

128

Publication Date

August 21, 2012

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A concise survey of the culture and civilization of mankind, <i>The Lessons of History </i>is the result of a lifetime of research from Pulitzer Prize鈥搘inning historians Will and Ariel Durant.<br /><br />With their accessible compendium of philosophy and social progress, the Durants take us on a journey through history, exploring the possibilities and limitations of humanity over time. Juxtaposing the great lives, ideas, and accomplishments with cycles of war and conquest, the Durants reveal the towering themes of history and give meaning to our own.
When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi

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English

Pages

231

Publication Date

January 12, 2016

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<b>#1聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES</i>聽BESTSELLER 鈥?PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST 鈥?T<b><b><b>his inspiring, exquisitely observed memoir finds hope and beauty in the face of insurmountable odds as an idealistic young neurosurgeon attempts to answer the question聽<i>What makes a life worth living?</i></b></b></b></b><br /><br /> <b>NAMED ONE OF <i>PASTE</i>鈥橲 BEST MEMOIRS OF THE DECADE 鈥?NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY</b>聽<b><i>The New York Times Book Review 鈥⒙燩eople 鈥?</i>NPR<i> 鈥⒙燭he Washington Post 鈥⒙燬late 鈥⒙燞arper鈥檚 Bazaar 鈥?Time Out New York 鈥⒙燩ublishers Weekly 鈥⒙燘ookPage</i></b><br /><br /> <b>Finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Books for a Better Life Award in Inspirational Memoir</b><br /><br />At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade鈥檚 worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. <i>When Breath Becomes Air</i> chronicles Kalanithi鈥檚 transformation from a na茂ve medical student 鈥減ossessed,鈥?as he wrote, 鈥渂y the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life鈥?into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.<br /><br /> What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir.<br /><br /> Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all. 鈥淚 began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed nothing and everything,鈥?he wrote. 鈥淪even words from Samuel Beckett began to repeat in my head: 鈥業 can鈥檛 go on. I鈥檒l go on.鈥欌€?<i>When Breath Becomes Air</i> is an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a brilliant writer who became both.
Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind
by Annaka Harris

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English

Pages

105

Publication Date

June 04, 2019

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<p><strong><em>NEW YORK TIMES </em>BESTSELLER</strong></p><p><strong>"If you鈥檝e ever wondered how you have the capacity to wonder, some fascinating insights await you in these pages.鈥?--Adam Grant,聽<em>New York Times</em>聽bestselling author of聽<em>Originals</em></strong></p><p><strong>As concise and enlightening as聽<em>Seven Brief Lessons on Physics</em>聽and聽<em>Astrophysics for People in a Hurry</em>, this mind-expanding dive into the mystery of consciousness is an illuminating meditation on the self, free will, and felt experience.</strong></p><p>What is consciousness? How does it arise? And why does it exist? We take our experience of being in the world for granted. But the very existence of consciousness raises profound questions: Why would any collection of matter in the universe be conscious? How are we able to think about this? And why should we?</p><p>In this wonderfully accessible book, Annaka Harris guides us through the evolving definitions, philosophies, and scientific findings that probe our limited understanding of consciousness. Where does it reside, and what gives rise to it? Could it be an illusion, or a universal property of all matter? As we try to understand consciousness, we must grapple with how to define it and, in the age of artificial intelligence, who or what might possess it.聽</p><p><em>Conscious聽</em>offers lively and challenging arguments that alter our ideas about consciousness鈥攁llowing us to think聽freely about聽it for ourselves, if indeed we can.</p>
Stillness Is the Key
by Ryan Holiday

Language

English

Pages

283

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<b><b>Instant #1 </b><b><i>New York Times</i></b><b> Bestseller & </b><b><i>Wall Street Journal</i></b><b> Bestseller</b><br /><br /><b>In </b><b><i>The Obstacle Is the Way</i></b><b> and </b><b><i>Ego Is the Enemy</i></b><b>, bestselling author Ryan Holiday made ancient wisdom wildly popular with a new generation of leaders in sports, politics, and technology. In his new book, </b><b><i>Stillness Is the Key</i></b><b>, Holiday draws on timeless Stoic and Buddhist philosophy to show why slowing down is the secret weapon for those charging ahead.</b></b><br /><br />All great leaders, thinkers, artists, athletes, and visionaries share one indelible quality. It enables them to conquer their tempers. To avoid distraction and discover great insights. To achieve happiness and do the right thing. Ryan Holiday calls it stillness--to be steady while the world spins around you. <br /><br />In this book, he outlines a path for achieving this ancient, but urgently necessary way of living. Drawing on a wide range of history's greatest thinkers, from Confucius to Seneca, Marcus Aurelius to Thich Nhat Hanh, John Stuart Mill to Nietzsche, he argues that stillness is not mere inactivity, but the doorway to self-mastery, discipline, and focus.<br /><br />Holiday also examines figures who exemplified the power of stillness: baseball player Sadaharu Oh, whose study of Zen made him the greatest home run hitter of all time; Winston Churchill, who in balancing his busy public life with time spent laying bricks and painting at his Chartwell estate managed to save the world from annihilation in the process; Fred Rogers, who taught generations of children to see what was invisible to the eye; Anne Frank, whose journaling and love of nature guided her through unimaginable adversity. <br /><br />More than ever, people are overwhelmed. They face obstacles and egos and competition. <i>Stillness Is the Key </i>offers a simple but inspiring antidote to the stress of 24/7 news and social media. The stillness that we all seek is the path to meaning, contentment, and excellence in a world that needs more of it than ever.
The 48 Laws of Power
by Robert Greene

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English

Pages

430

Publication Date

September 01, 2000

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<b>Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive,聽this multi-million-copy聽<i>New York Times聽</i>bestseller<i>聽</i>is the definitive manual for anyone interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control 鈥?from the author of <i>The Laws of Human Nature. </i></b><br /><br /> In the book that聽<i>People聽</i>magazine proclaimed 鈥渂eguiling鈥?and 鈥渇ascinating,鈥?Robert Greene and Joost Elffers have distilled three thousand years of the history of power into 48 essential laws by drawing from the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl Von Clausewitz and also from the lives of figures ranging from Henry Kissinger to P.T. Barnum.<br /> 聽<br /> Some laws teach the need for prudence (鈥淟aw 1: Never Outshine the Master鈥?, others teach the value of confidence (鈥淟aw 28: Enter Action with Boldness鈥?, and many recommend absolute self-preservation (鈥淟aw 15: Crush Your Enemy Totally鈥?. Every law, though, has one thing in common: an interest in total domination. In a bold and arresting two-color package,聽<i>The 48 Laws of Power聽</i>is ideal whether your aim is conquest, self-defense, or simply to understand the rules of the game.
Do Morals Matter?: Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trum...
by Joseph S. Jr. Nye

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English

Pages

268

Publication Date

December 02, 2019

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Americans constantly make moral judgments about presidents and foreign policy. Unfortunately, many of these assessments are poorly thought through. A president is either praised for the moral clarity of his statements or judged solely on the results of their actions.<br /><br />In <em>Do Morals Matter?</em>, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., one of the world's leading scholars of international relations, provides a concise yet penetrating analysis of the role of ethics in US foreign policy during the American era after 1945. Nye works through each presidency from FDR to Trump and scores their foreign policy on three ethical dimensions of their intentions, the means they used, and the consequences of their decisions. Alongside this, he also evaluates their leadership qualities, elaborating on which approaches work and which ones do not. Regardless of a president's policy preference, Nye shows that each one was not fully constrained by the structure of the system and actually had choices. He further notes the important ethical consequences of non-actions, such as Truman's willingness to accept stalemate in Korea rather than use nuclear weapons.<br /><br />Since we so often apply moral reasoning to foreign policy, Nye suggests how to do it better. Most importantly, presidents need to factor in both the political context and the availability of resources when deciding how to implement an ethical policy-especially in a future international system that presents not only great power competition from China and Russia, but a host of transnational threats: the illegal drug trade, infectious diseases, terrorism, cybercrime, and climate change.
The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into ...
by Ryan Holiday

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English

Pages

202

Publication Date

May 01, 2014

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<p><b><b>#1 <i>Wall Street Journal </i>Bestseller</b><i><br /><br />The Obstacle is the Way</i>聽has become a cult classic, beloved by men and women around the world who apply its wisdom to become more successful at whatever they do. <br /></b><br />Its many fans include a former governor and movie star (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a hip hop icon (LL Cool J), an Irish tennis pro (James McGee), an NBC sportscaster (Michele Tafoya), and the coaches and players of winning teams like the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Cubs, and University of Texas men鈥檚 basketball team.<br /><br />The book draws its inspiration from聽stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring pain or adversity with perseverance and resilience. Stoics focus on the things they聽<i>can</i>聽control, let go of everything else, and turn every new obstacle into an opportunity to get better, stronger, tougher. As Marcus Aurelius put it nearly 2000 years ago: 鈥淭he impediment to action advances action.聽What stands in the way becomes the way.鈥澛?lt;br /><br />Ryan Holiday shows us how some of the most successful people in history鈥攆rom John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs鈥攈ave applied stoicism to overcome difficult or even impossible situations. Their embrace of these principles ultimately mattered more than their natural intelligence, talents, or luck.<br /><br />If you鈥檙e feeling frustrated, demoralized, or stuck in a rut, this book can help you turn your problems into your biggest advantages. And along the way it will inspire you with dozens of true stories of the greats from every age and era.</p>
The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life
by David Brooks

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English

Pages

344

Publication Date

April 16, 2019

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥?Everybody tells you to live for a cause larger than yourself, but how exactly do you do it? The author of聽<i>The Road to Character</i>聽explores what it takes to lead a meaningful life in a self-centered world.</b><br /><br /><b>鈥淒eeply moving, frequently eloquent and extraordinarily incisive.鈥濃€?lt;i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /><br /> Every so often, you meet people who radiate joy鈥攚ho seem to know why they were put on this earth, who glow with a kind of inner light. Life, for these people, has often followed what we might think of as a two-mountain shape. They get out of school, they start a career, and they begin climbing the mountain they thought they were meant to climb. Their goals on this first mountain are the ones our culture endorses: to be a success, to make your mark, to experience personal happiness. But when they get to the top of that mountain, something happens. They look around and find the view . . . unsatisfying. They realize: This wasn鈥檛 my mountain after all. There鈥檚 another, bigger mountain out there that is actually <i>my</i> mountain.<br /><br /> And so they embark on a new journey. On the second mountain, life moves from self-centered to other-centered. They want the things that are truly worth wanting, not the things other people tell them to want. They embrace a life of interdependence, not independence. They surrender to a life of commitment.<br /><br /> In <i>The Second Mountain, </i>David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. Our personal fulfillment depends on how well we choose and execute these commitments. Brooks looks at a range of people who have lived joyous, committed lives, and who have embraced the necessity and beauty of dependence. He gathers their wisdom on how to choose a partner, how to pick a vocation, how to live out a philosophy, and how we can begin to integrate our commitments into one overriding purpose.<br /><br /> In short, this book is meant to help us all lead more meaningful lives. But it鈥檚 also a provocative social commentary. We live in a society, Brooks argues, that celebrates freedom, that tells us to be true to ourselves, at the expense of surrendering to a cause, rooting ourselves in a neighborhood, binding ourselves to others by social solidarity and love. We have taken individualism to the extreme鈥攁nd in the process we have torn the social fabric in a thousand different ways. The path to repair is through making deeper commitments. In <i>The Second Mountain,</i> Brooks shows what can happen when we put commitment-making at the center of our lives.

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