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Twisdom (Twitter Wisdom): A Philosopher Ponders Life in 140 Characters or Less Paperback – July 16, 2009
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About the Author
Tom Morris (Twitter name: @TomVMorris) is one of the most active public philosophers in the world, which has prepared him well for a wealth of spontaneous pondering on the popular website, Twitter. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar, and holds a joint Ph.D. in the two disciplines of Philosophy and Religious Studies from Yale University, as well as honorary doctorates and many other awards in recognition of his work. Tom served as a professor of philosophy at The University of Notre Dame for fifteen years, and is the author of many scintillating academic tomes that are widely respected though seldom read, in addition to such popular books as True Success, If Aristotle Ran General Motors, The Art of Achievement, Philosophy for Dummies, The Stoic Art of Living, and If Harry Potter Ran General Electric. Twisdom is his twentieth book. Tom's writing and speaking has been covered, praised, or noticed over the years by such diverse news media as CNN, CNBC, NBC, NPR, Newsweek, The New York Times, Fast Company, The New York Times Magazine, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, USA Weekly, The Economist, Readers' Digest, ABC.com, Die Zeit, L'Agefi, Voce, SA, German Elle, and other magazines, newspapers, and websites from around the world. Tom is the first philosopher in history to appear in network TV commercials, where he has served as the national spokesman for Winnie the Pooh, Disney Home Videos. He is also the only thinker ever to engage in early morning philosophy with Regis Philbin on his talk show, and with Matt Lauer on The Today Show, among many other national broadcasts. He can be seen any time in such unlikely places as The Complete Superman DVD Collection, and on The Chronicles of the Young Indiana Jones Complete DVD Set. Really. He is now also a regular guest on the nationally syndicated morning show, Daytime TV. His segments there are also broadcast online at tweetmetv.com. Tom is known for bringing the insights of the great thinkers into the drama of everyday life with high energy and good humor. Tweet him @TomVMorris any time.
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A Philosopher Ponders Life
In 140 Characters of Less
Tom V. Morris
A Wisdom/Works Book
$15.99 - Paperback
Reviewer: Annie Slessman
I own almost everything Tom Morris has written. From If Aristotle Ran General Electric to The Seven C's of Success, I have marveled at his wisdom and his willingness to share that wisdom with the general public.
Tom's latest book, TWISDOM, A Philosopher Ponders Life in 140 Characters or Less is filled with "twisdom" that jump starts your mind and your own willingness to share.
I had not succumbed to Twitter as yet, although I admit to having a Facebook page. After reading this work, I set up my own Twitter page and hope everyone reading this review will join me in spreading daily wisdom.
I earmarked so many twisdoms that my copy mimics a corkboard. Tweeting seems to be the most concise, tight writing out there today. Perfection would be: Tom Morris, today's best known and loved philosopher, in front of a keyboard sharing his wisdom in 140 characters or less. Folks, it just doesn't get any better than this.
This is Tom Morris's 20th book. Whether you run your own corporation, run the streets or simply run your household, this book will find the core of your being and propel you toward better things in your life. At $15.99, that's quite a bargain.
I know, at 1155 characters I have used up a lot of Twitter space.
Buy this book.
Don't care about Twitter?
Buy this book anyway.
It's a funny, self-effacing, yet often surprisingly profound, revealing set of "tweets" - communications in 140 characters or less - that, put together in a chronology of Morris' introduction and immersion into "social media," read remarkably like a narrative.
It's not what you might expect. It isn't a simple gathering of "wisdom" or simple "quotations."
There's a real STORY here.Twisdom (Twitter Wisdom): A Philosopher Ponders Life in 140 Characters or Less
Morris lets us IN: his thoughts, AND his insights. Despite his accomplishments and a Yale Ph.D., he's unafraid to freely admit his newbie status. It's fun to read along as he gets his "tweet" wet in the Twitterverse.
Did I mention? You really ought to buy this book. - Elizabeth Williams Bushey (@inklesstales on Twitter)
Buy this book not only for yourself but for everyone you know.
@timberwolf123 (on twitter)
I've read most of Tom's other books and, while this one shares the depth of thought and insight of his other works, it is completely new in format and style.
One of the problems with Twitter is that the insights you develop or discover are lost so quickly in the stream of new Tweets. This book does a great job of capturing the truly valuable bits and restructuring them in a way that makes them even more meaningful.
My only problem with this book is that I didn't think of it first!
The short nature of Twitter - 140 characters or less - makes this a pithy, easy-to-read assemblage of some of the best meaning-of-life, and how to live it "tweets" you'll ever find.
@lollydaskal (on Twitter)
He explains it so well and puts it all in perspective.
What a great read for people who don't know twitter and for tweeps who do!
Will now buy for all my loved ones that don't understand my obsession with twitter.
Thanks Mr. Morris!
His words are witty, current, and refreshing. "Twisdom" is an uplifting book we can all appreciate.
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