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Who by Fire
Leonard Cohen in the Sinai
Matti Friedman - 2022-04-05 (first published in 2021)
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The incredible never-before-told story of Leonard Cohen's 1973 tour of Israel during the Yom Kippur War. "Who by Fire is a stunning resurrection of a moment in the life of Leonard Cohen and the history of Israel. It’s the story of a young artist in crisis and a young country at war, and the powerful resonance of the chord struck between them. A bea...
Russell Roberts
Great book.      source
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A Swim in a Pond in the Rain
In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life
George Saunders - 2021-01-12
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From the New York Times bestselling, Booker Prize–winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo and Tenth of December comes a literary master class on what makes great stories work and what they can tell us about ourselves—and our world today.For the last twenty years, George Saunders has been teaching a class on the Russian short story to his MFA student...
Russell Roberts
@timoreilly @tylercowen Just finished the recording and recommended the Saunders book. Love love love that book. Wish he would come on the show...      source
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Man's Search for Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl - 2006-06-01 (first published in 1946)
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Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with re...
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@WhiteClay9 Wonderful book. But very different.      source
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Survival In Auschwitz
Primo Levi - 2013-10-09
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1919’da Torino’da doğan ve kimya öğrenimi gören Primo Levi, İkinci Dünya Savaşı sırasında Kuzey İtalya’da faşizme karşı direnen arkadaşlarına katıldı. İtalyan yahudisi kimliğini saklamayınca önce Fissolo’daki toplama kampına, orada geçirdiği iki ayın ardından da, 1944’de, beraberindeki altı yüz elli kişiyle birlikte Auschwitz Toplama Kampı’na gönde...
Russell Roberts
Today is Yom HaShoah, a day to remember the Holocaust. I recently read two books by Primo Levi on his time in Auschwitz and what happened afterwards. They are two of the best books I have ever read. The first is If This is a Man. It describes his time 1/n      source
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The Reawakening
Primo Levi - 1995-12-01 (first published in 1963)
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First published in English in 1965, The Reawakening is Primo Levi's bestselling sequel to his classic memoir of the Holocaust, Survival in Auschwitz. The inspiring story of Primo Levi's liberation from the German death camp in January 1945 by the Red Army, it tells of his strange and eventful journey home to Italy by way of the Soviet Union, Hungar...
Russell Roberts
title. Then Levi wrote The Truce. (It was issued in the US under the title The Reawakening. Surprise--The Truce is a much better title.) The Truce is the story of Levi's journey home after he left Auschwitz. It, too, is an incredible portrait of the human condition-- 3/n      source
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Dark, Salt, Clear
The Life of a Fishing Town
Lamorna Ash - 2020-12-01
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From an adventurous and discerning new voice reminiscent of Robert Macfarlane, a captivating portrait of a community eking out its living in a coastal landscape as stark and storied as it is beautiful. Before arriving in Newlyn, a Cornish fishing village at the end of the railway line, Lamorna Ash was told that no fisherman would want a girl joinin...
Russell Roberts
Great book, too. Brava, @LamornaAsh      source
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A Soldier of the Great War
Mark Helprin - 2005-06-01 (first published in 1991)
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From acclaimed novelist Mark Helprin, a lush, literary epic about love, beauty, and the world at war.Alessandro Giuliani, the young son of a prosperous Roman lawyer, enjoys an idyllic life full of privilege: he races horses across the country to the sea, he climbs mountains in the Alps, and, while a student of painting at the ancient university in ...
Russell Roberts
@byeliad An incredible book.      source
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How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life
An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness
Russ Roberts - 2015-10-13 (first published in 2014)
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A forgotten book by one of history's greatest thinkers reveals the surprising connections between happiness, virtue, fame, and fortune.Adam Smith may have become the patron saint of capitalism after he penned his most famous work, The Wealth of Nations. But few people know that when it came to the behavior of individuals--the way we perceive oursel...
Russell Roberts
I loved both of these books...      source
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Sanjay Bakshi
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An Autobiography
Andre Agassi - 2010-08-10 (first published in 2009)
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#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLERFar more than a superb memoir about the highest levels of professional tennis, Open is the engrossing story of a remarkable life.Andre Agassi had his life mapped out for him before he left the crib. Groomed to be a tennis champion by his moody and demanding father, by the age of twenty-two Agassi had won the first of his eight...
Russell Roberts
I loved both of these books...      source