An indispensable guide to living a full life from the bestselling author of An Intimate History of Humanity
By the bestselling author of Conversation and An Intimate History of Humanity
A guide to new ambitions in work, relationships and learning
Table of Contents:
What is the great adventure of our time?
What is a wasted life?
How can people lose their illusions about themselves?
What alternatives are there to being a rebel?
What can the poor tell the rich?
What could the rich tell the poor?
How many ways of committing suicide are there?
How can an unbeliever understand a believer?
How can a religion change?
How can prejudices be overcome?
How else can one think about the future, apart from trying to predict it or worrying about it?
Is ridicule the most effective form of non-violent protest?
How does one acquire a sense of humour?
What stops people feeling completely at home in their own country?
How many nations can one love at the same time?
Why do so many people feel unappreciated, unloved and only half alive?
How else might women and men treat one another?
What can replace the shortage of soul-mates?
Is another kind of sexual revolution achievable?
What can artists aim for beyond self-expression?
What is more interesting than becoming a leader?
What is the point of working so hard?
Are there more amusing ways of earning a living?
What else can one do in a hotel?
What more can the young ask of their elders?
Is remaining young at heart enough to avoid becoming old?
What is worth knowing?
What does it mean to be alive?
Where can one find nourishment for the mind?
Winner of the Salon London Transmission Prize
Theodore Zeldin has been named 'one of the forty world figures whose ideas are likely to have a lasting relevance to the new millennium' (Independent on Sunday), and 'one of Britain's leading intellects' (Management Today). His books Conversation and An Intimate History of Humanity are international bestsellers. For his studies of France he has been called 'a modern Balzac', 'not just funny, [but also] intelligent, loving, caustic, learned, light-hearted, serious, brilliant' - and he has been made a Commander of the Légion d'Honneur. He has won the Wolfson Prize for history, been elected to the British Academy and the European Academy and been awarded the CBE. He is an Emeritus Fellow of St Antony's College and an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College in Oxford.
Scintillating . . . prophetic . . . engaging. — Financial Times.
A masterpiece. — The Times.
A challenge and a success . . . He is particularly good and funny on work and the apparently catastrophic affair we are having with management science. — Literary Review.
Without question the wisest book of the year . . . at once learned and delightful . . . a cure for the prevailing gloom, always on the side of joy, openness, enquiry and freedom . . . The guide we need to the art of living. — Le Grand Journal, Canal+, Paris.
One of the best books of the year. An erudite and mouth-watering manifesto for a new art of living. — Le Point Magazine, Paris.
Captivates by its brilliance and profundity. — El Mundo, Madrid.
Delightful and endlessly fascinating. — Jewish Chronicle.
Theodore Zeldin, philosopher and author of many books, including "An Intimate History of Humanity" has many new ideas that can truly set you thinking . . . New mantras for this age. — The Hindu, India.
A truly wonderful book. Even the contents gave me shivers of excitement. If your wish is to be alive then read this book. — Richard Watson, scenario planner and future trends author.
A priceless gem, a book that remains in the heart and mind like few others...incredibly inspiring . . . I would almost compare it to Montaigne and his Essays... often ironical, never banal . . . accessible to anyone, should absolutely be read, reread and studied in depth. — V. Petricciulo, Scientific adviser, European Research Council.
When readers start asking themselves the questions it poses, they find themselves living differently. A transformative book, full of wisdom that can be enjoyed by anyone from teenagers to centenarians. — Margaret Heffernan, CEO, entrepreneur, author, TV producer.
This book is unique in providing new frames to guide us in discovering how we want to live our lives. — Ron Emerson, Chairman, British Business Bank.
Essential reading. I am glad I read it now, but it's one I wish I could have encountered as a teenager . . . I argued with this book, I lived it . . . An enriching journey that will last a lifetime. — Sion Hamilton, Head of Retail, Foyles.