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Thucydides

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Why We Sleep audiobook cover art

Sleep or die. Required reading. Will hook you.

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Reviewed: 09-17-19

I dare you to read this book and not be utterly convinced that you ought to sleep 7-9 hrs per night (without any sleeping pills or alcohol). I am now asking myself every night, "Is this worth sacrificing my life for?" If not, I go to bed. short sleep is causally related to cancer (double cancer rate), heart health, dementia, weight gain, etc. And yet no one gets sleep education to go along with nutrition and physical ed. This book fills that gap. This is one of those rare popular health books that is a pleasure to read, persuasive, concise, and scientifically backed up by a world-renowned expert. I also loved the narration and will seek other books from this narrator.

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Has California changed in 100 years?

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Reviewed: 08-28-19

This book helps you love and appreciate people irregardless of sinfulness, class, or race. Substitute migrant seasonal workers in North America today for the poor who came to California seeking work 100 years ago. What has changed? what is still the same? This classic Steinbeck book raises many questions and flatters the democratic American spirit of determination and freedom in the face of injustice and inequality.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Daring Greatly
  • How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown

Choose guilt, not shame (what?!)

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Reviewed: 05-01-19

Dr. Brown asks great questions of her research data and has the courage to be appropriately vulnerable about her own professional and family life. I love that she reads it herself. She pulls out so much humour and nuance in the way that only Brene Brown could do. She makes me re-evaluate my practice as a husband, father, and teacher. We've all been shamed by parents, peers, and teachers. Without pausing to face hard questions, we will all do what has been done to us. But our lives could be so much better than that. If you are serious about asking hard questions and being a better person, dare greatly and read Daring Greatly.

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Nice integration of narrative & original speeches

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Reviewed: 03-24-19

This was a better read by listening than in print because there are so many great speeches interspersed. Not only is this of historical importance, but full of wisdom on the nature of principled leadership, the practical and mor power of non-violence, anti-marxist revolution for those most in need, and the brotherhood of man as lead by the greatest revolutionary of all time, who according to King is Jesus.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life audiobook cover art
  • How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life
  • An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness
  • By: Russ Roberts
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen

Nice surprise

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Reviewed: 02-06-19

Simply a lovely book on many levels and much more engaging than I expected. i have a newfound respect for Adam Smith as a complete thinker and for how his two big books complement one another. Better yet, this book has made me a better person-- i have a long way to go, but i now aspire to be more lovely.

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Lots to digest, but worth thinking about

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Reviewed: 01-29-19

This book is academic but highly readable, and well read. It challenges many common notions that she calls essentialist and suggests a radically new way of thinking about ourselves and our world.

She does not stop there, but puts her theories into storied practice, suggesting how her ideas would revolutionize law, and draws out implications for education and self understanding.

It's a book that I will have to read a second time to really understand what she means by key terms such as "body budget."

Will this be a new scientific revolution? It may be. Constructionism already dominates teacher training programs, often in a wrong-headed way that stands in as a extreme cultural and moral relativism. But this is a book of science, which seeks with all the tools of modern research to seek a truer understanding of human nature and present it as compelling narrative.

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Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius audiobook cover art

Love it

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Reviewed: 01-18-19

I had studied Confucius and Mencius for years. This lecture series gave me so much good food for thought and reinvigorates my ardor to reread the original writings with a new sense of wonder and inquiry. I highly recommend these lectures to anyone interested in Asian thought, human wisdom, and the enduring and rising power of China.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Dr. Nadine Harris is my new Hero

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Reviewed: 01-03-19

I loved this book. I went from never having heard of an "ACE score" to being a true believer in what I hope will be the next revolution in standard medical practice. This book has inspired me to be a better father and a better citizen, and to finish my studies with newfound passion so that I can get out in the world and make a difference in my field as Dr. Harris is doing in hers.

The narrative, for me, was more gripping than fiction. Dr. Harris was a superb reader--no one else could have come close to adding the personal detail, humour, emotion, and passion as the author herself. Everyone who listens will know what I mean. Cudos to the producer--pro job.

Everyone will get something out of this book. Even if the subject doesn't interest you, it is such a good story, that it's worth reading for sheer entertainment and human interest. As a final plug: the book is chock full of interdisciplinary insights on realizing your dreams, leading with both heart and intellect, resiliency in the face of adversity, healthy marriage tips, complexities of race and class, and even rhetoric and public speaking.

For a fuller picture on the difference between traumatic toxic stress and healthy stress, I would recommend pairing this book with The Upside of Stress and the book Feeling Good.

If you read this review, Dr. Harris, thank you for doing what you do and for writing such a great book. You help renew my faith in humanity.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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This book will make your life better

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Reviewed: 12-21-18

solid research presented through a nicely interwoven series of engaging narratives. I can already tell that this is one of those rare books that has changed me for the better. Especially if you think that stress should be avoided, read this book. It may be stressful to have your ideas challenged, but don't worry, the author has a warm and compassionate voice that invites us all to reconsider some of our deepest prejudices about stress. The book left me feeling refreshed and excited for the adventures of life.

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Brilliant

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Reviewed: 12-06-18

if we all read this book the world would be better. Many parasitic "health" industries would be bankrupt. I read a lot of book every year, many about health. This is my favourite book in the health genre the I've read in many years. It is readable, funny, and gave me so many well-researched new ideas about health generally. The author read it brilliantly. I think it was better by audiobook than it would be in print because of the simple conversational and storied presentation of ideas. The author is a master public speaker, engaging and upbeat, but rarely to the point of being annoying. The book suffers from one fatal flaw. it has a terrible title. The title does not capture the comprehensive system of insights. I love a book that give practical wisdom but also inspires in me a fresh love of learning and so many deeply planted questions to follow up on my continuing search for practical wisdom.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful