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- ASIN : B07D2C5NNV
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press (April 2, 2019)
- Publication date : April 2, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1754 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 293 pages
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- Best Sellers Rank: #34,759 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Fast forward to 2019, I saw a Donald Robertson tweet about the book "How To Think Like A Roman Emperor." Since Marcus Aurelius had become one of my many dead mentors, I ordered and read Donald's book. A true masterpiece!
The book has a blend of Marcus' life, Roman history, cognitive therapy, philosophy, and psychology. This book taught me much more about Marcus' brother Lucius, who I could relate to prior to my 2015 crisis. Lucius would overindulgence in pleasures, which eventually killed him at age 39 (my current age in 2019).
Donald explains in stoic fashion. I could regurgitate snippets from Donald's book which has helped me, but this review would never end.
I recommend anyone who is new to Stoicism or Marcus Aurelius to get both "Meditations" and "How To Think Like A Roman Emperor".
With philosophy, history and psychotherapy as his building blocks, Donald develops a toolbox of modern Stoic practices and exercises, and assists the reader in exploring what thinking like Marcus Aurelius would look like in today's world.
One of the things I like best about his communications style is that Donald is calm and clear and understandable. He doesn't throw around big words and esoteric terms. He doesn't pepper his writing with hyberbole and fantastic adjectives. He just shares what he wants to share in a way that respects his reader and conveys deep meaning as simply and easily as possible.
There are a lot of good books about Stoicism, both by ancient authors and modern interpreters. I rank How to Think Like a Roman Emperor as among the best.
For those who may be reading this review and are - like me a couple of years ago - wondering what value there is, if any, in reading a book on Greek and Roman philosophy (as primarily categorized on Amazon), know that this is not a boring, academic text, but rather an engaging story and manual for how to become the best version of yourself possible while also minimizing negative emotions from your life such as anxiety, depression, fear, greed, etc. and the corresponding consequences that result from them. You should also know that you'd be in good company - Stoicism as a philosophy has been studied and used as a toolkit by political and business leaders as well as other important historical figures the world over like Frederick the Great, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Theodore Roosevelt, Bill Clinton, James Stockdale and countless more (in addition to popular sports franchises like the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks).
I can't extol the virtues of this book enough. You should read it. You should internalize it. And with some effort, you'll become a much, much better version of yourself.
If you are like me, you will return to the book over and over to ask yourself, "What would Marcus do?" as explained by Robertson. You will reference the book's Hercules choice or how to deal with extreme pain or desires. You will understand why the daily meditation and daily review are critical parts of a Stoic's journey. Most of all, you will realize that Stoicism can improve your daily life.
If you want to go down the Stoic path, follow in Marcus' footprints. Robertson will be your guide.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 21, 2020