I've been looking for this book for a few years and once i bought it, I decided to listen to it rather than to read it.
It turned out to be a wonderful experience for my first book.
Arthur read it very well and convincing. This was a blast, and the book, both due to the narrator and the story, are an absolute must.
I really liked it. One of the few books I lamented when it finished. I wanted to go on and on.
Very good insights and a storyline that helps understand the concepts presented. I even bought a hardcopy version to present my father!
The story line kept my interest and the book was highly informative.
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This book covers a lot of ground on the psyches of two very different individuals. Using their lives as a way fit the reader to learn lessons about his and the world in general, this really helped put a lot into perspective.
The end is also incredibly moving and kind of hard to swallow - although you know what's coming. I recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about human nature or themselves.
I really wanted to love this book. Over the years I've worked hard to study all aspects of human behavior in hopes of creating a fulfilling life. This book promised to weave all of the individual aspects of human behavior research into one graspable narrative. However, the fictional lives portrayed were loveless, joyless, career driven and frankly tortured and bleak. I definitely admire Brooks for the effort, but I'm not really sure who this book is for or what message he wanted to get across. Those interested in hard research will be underwhelmed while those looking for life guidance will be left without any solid take away points.
Listening to this book, I have in turns taken specific life advice, been struck by truths about human behavior, and felt deep empathy for these characters onto whom Brooks deftly models human nature. Enriching, fascinating, humorous, and moving - my understanding of what a person and a society is has been forever deepened.
How We Decide- Jonah Lehrer. Also a lot of Malcolm Gladwell books.He references these types of books a lot.
Social Psychology 101 in Narrative Form
As someone who has read Malcolm Gladwell and Jonah Lehrer in the past, I thoroughly enjoyed a similar presentation of interesting statistics about psychology and sociology. He did repeat some of what has been said in other books- so I had heard some of it before. The book itself tries to synthesize much of that kind of data. The narrative element kept it engaging, and I felt like I knew Harold and Erica. David Brooks used a humorous writing style as he explored dozens of social topics. If I had one criticism, I would say that he touched on too many topics, and could have hit a stronger main point had he narrowed his range a bit. Overall, it was a joy to read. As a 20 something, it made me reevaluate my priorities in life.