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  • The Second Mountain

  • How People Move from the Prison of Self to the Joy of Commitment
  • By: David Brooks
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330

Author 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.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pursue meaning, reject hyper-individualism

  • By Adam Shields on 05-07-19

Insightful, relatable, laced with religiosity

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-19

The book introduces and expands on the first and second mountain concepts – nice work – but Brooks is, to a fault, mesmerized by his own religious awareness/awakening.

  • What Would the Great Economists Do?

  • How Twelve Brilliant Minds Would Solve Today's Biggest Problems
  • By: Linda Yueh
  • Narrated by: Linda Yueh
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
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    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Acclaimed economist and BBC broadcaster Linda Yueh profiles the great economic minds who focused on the big questions: growth, innovation, and the nature of markets. Most of them have won the Nobel Prize. All of them have had lasting impact on both the development of the discipline and how public policy has been and continues to be shaped. But Dr. Yueh goes a step further: In accessible and clear prose, she will explain the impact their respective research has on combating today's great economic problems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Broad perspective, important read

  • By daily walker on 09-30-18

Broad perspective, important read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-18

Dr. Yueh provides an excellent and lucid perspective of this otherwise "dismal" science. I would recommend this book to everyone (literally). I have an undergraduate degree in economics and really wish I'd could have read something like this as a student (40 years ago). An excellent contribution to the field of economics and political economics.

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