this is really a great book at many levels, good narration and a facinating subject. Very well thought out and written. In many ways the author is in a class by himself: the ability to provide Insight from historical events, the use of relevant quotes, the turning of phrases and the sophisticated but not overly acane vocabulary really make the book a fun read full of insight and thought-provoking ideas.
One of the most broad analysis of the nature of the human experience. This books introduces a unique and unobtrusive insight to who we are and why we are. The summation of which grounds our mortal existence to the utter necessity to realize the fullest potential the shortness of life offers. Eye opening and motivating.
I really enjoyed learning so much about different types of people and how to reflect on and improve my own habits. I'll also be applying a lot of this info to raising my son. Great book. Will likely listen again in the future.
This is a broad and deep work absolutely packed with valuable knowledge. The historical anecdotes Greene uses to illustrate his points are fascinating. My only regret is that this book wasn't around 40-some years ago. Not understanding human nature as Greene presents it puts you at a significant disadvantage.
Mostly interesting biographies followed by sometimes tangential but often thoughtful analysis, or opinion rather, but a reasonable opinion except for ... well, I'm not into Jungian archetypes or Freudian explanations.
I listened to the whole book, tired just near the end when it seemed a little too much, generational differences oversimplified, death a bit much. I liked the chapter on groups and group dynamics, that's one of many I'd recommend. But why such laborious biographies? Bit hard getting through some, but if you know it's half biography going in, your probably ok.