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50 Things You're Not Supposed To Know: Religion Paperback – December 20, 2011
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About the Author
Daniele Bolelli is a writer, college professor and martial artist. Born in Milan, Italy, he is part of a family of writers. His father, Franco Bolelli, is one of the most influential modern Italian philosophers, while his mother, Gloria, is the author of four books and a freelance journalist.
His first book published in the United States was On the Warrior's Path: Philosophy, Fighting, and Martial Arts Mythology. It is one of the top modern bestsellers on the philosophy of martial arts and has been used as a textbook in several universities in the United States, Canada and Italy. A fourth-degree black belt, Bolelli has taught seminars about martial arts in schools around the world and has coached and fought professionally in mixed martial arts (MMA).
Bolelli is a lecturer at several major universities in Southern California. He is a professor in the History Department at Santa Monica College, teaching courses on the history of religions. He also teaches in the Asian American Studies and World Arts Cultures Departments at UCLA and the American Indian Studies Department at CSULB.
Bolelli is a regular contributor for several magazines both in Italy and in the United States. A graduate of UCLA with Bachelors and Masters degrees, he lives in Los Angeles.
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Writing: His first solo book, "La Tenera Arte del Guerriero," was published when Bolelli was 22 years old. This work, which is a philosophical exploration of the martial arts, went on to become a cult classic in Italy even outside the confines of martial arts circles. It was later published in the United States with three additional chapters under the title "On the Warrior's Path." Two more chapters were added for a second edition published in 2008. "On the Warrior's Path" has been published in Russia and will be published in Italy in a new updated edition at the end of 2012.
His second book entitled "iGod: Istruzioni per l'Uso di una Religione Fai da Te" was published in Italy in 2011. This wild ride through comparative religion will be released in the United States in early 2013. Bolelli's third book, "50 Things You're Not Supposed To Know: Religion," was published in the United States in December 2011. Some of the most influential thinkers to have affected his world view include Tom Robbins, Friedrich Nietzsche, Ikkyu Sojun, Thomas Paine, Henry David Thoreau, Lao Tzu, and Heraclitus.
Teaching career: After graduating from UCLA with a B.A. in Anthropology, and earning graduate degrees at UCLA (in American Indian Studies) and CSULB (History), Bolelli began teaching at several colleges in Southern California. Unlike most scholars who tend to specialize in one particular field of knowledge, Bolelli adopts a "renaissance" man-approach to teaching that has led him to lecture on a wide range of subjects including American Indian history and philosophy, history of the United States, world religions, history of ancient Rome, history and philosophy of martial arts, the ethnic experience in the United States, world history, plus several courses on the relationship between cinema and history. Perhaps even more peculiar than his unusually extensive repertoire is Bolelli's lecturing style. Much like his writing, in fact, his lecturing style combines discussions of complex, deep subjects with much humor and "street lingo." For this reason, he has been defined as "half stand up comedian and half Zen master." This odd mix has made him extremely popular among students.
Martial Arts: Bolelli has trained in several styles of martial arts including kung fu san soo, taijiquan, baguazhang, xingyiquan, submission wrestling, Brazilian jiujitsu, boxing, and judo. He holds a fifth degree black belt in kung fu san soo-a style that he has taught for several years at UCLA's John Wooden Center. Bolelli also coached and fought professionally in mixed martial arts (MMA).
Media: Bolelli was featured in "I Am Bruce Lee" which broke Spike TV's rating record for documentaries. He has appeared as a guest on popular podcasts such as Duncan Trussell's, Adam Carolla's and Joe Rogan's.
Top Customer Reviews
Coming from having passed through the experience of enlightenment (being beyond religion to being fully entwined in spirituality) this book is a great reminder of how dogma often gets twisted into something other than what the spiritually inspired event would mean it to be. This is a definite must read for anyone who is interested in religious history, and who seeks the truth that lies just beyond it.
You should probably also check out Joe Rogan's podcast. It's pretty funny, and often discusses interesting topics such as this.
Not by any stretch an authority book, but definitely well written, researched and fun way to learn a little more about our murky pasts full of killing, torture and general bad behavior in the name of religion.
Good buy and an excellent plane ride read.
wanted to add my 5 star input to this small little book that's about the size of
a CD case.
50 short pieces of religious trivia that to quote the author "if you
believe that without blind faith you would be prey to senselessness and desperaton,
if dealing with complexity sends you running for the reassuring arms of dogma -
then this book is not for you. It will confuse you, anger you and ruin your digestion.
But if you feel like taking a weird, dangerous journey through world religions and
running into some of the very odd characters populating them - if you have a taste
for paradox and think that questioning authority should be an Olympic sport - then hop
Even if you think you know a lot about religious history, there should be something
here to entertain you even if you're not being newly informed. But 99% of us will be
informed as well. Mr. Bolelli takes no prisoners and all religions are fair game.
From the trial and retrials of dead popes, to varieties of Christianity prior to Constantine,
to the aberrations of faith by people we call lunatics, it's all here in 165 pages with another
9 pages of referenced further reading.
I can't wait for 50 more things Mr. Bolelli thinks I shouldn't know.
Whether you're religious or not, you will find information in here that makes you laugh and ponder what really happened. A great book to read if you only have 5 minutes to read, which is all the time it takes for each story.
If you are curious about Daniele Bolelli and what he is about, watch the Joe Rogan podcast #162.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book amongst a great series. A little slow at times but for the most part there are some really interesting facts. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Eric Palmer
Love Bolellis books on religion, fascinating! A great read for the open minded. When I finished the book I wished there was more!Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bolelli does have an interesting way of looking at the world. One asset of this book is it's a quick introduction to him for people who simply can't tolerate the endless,... Read morePublished 21 months ago by KayBee
It is a cute read with some interesting facts that are fun to tell people, but don't expect more than that.Published 22 months ago by Timothy Clancy
awesome book listen to his podcast and joe rogans and while your at it dunca trussells. really realy reccomend his book to anyone. very incitefulPublished on May 22, 2013 by D. Hoff
I first learned of Prof. Bolelli on the Joe Rogan podcast and that same day brought "On the Warrior's Path" as well as this. Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by Rob Primous