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Lives of the Stoics: The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius by [Ryan Holiday, Stephen Hanselman]

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Stellar work ... This illuminating collection of biographies makes great use of Stoic wisdom to demonstrate the tradition's values ― Publisher's Weekly

In story after page-turning story, <i>Lives of the Stoics</i> brings ancient philosophers to life. -- David Epstein, bestselling author of Range

A great read, particularly for a tough time -- Gen. Stanley McChrystal, author of 'Team of Teams' and 'Leaders: Myth and Reality'

Wonderful -- Chris Bosh, two-time NBA Champion

There is philosophy for school and philosophy for life. This book is about the lives of men and women who <i>lived</i> their words and shows you how to do the same. -- Thomas Tull, founder of Legendary Entertainment

<p>Whether you're a general or a gardener, a stockbroker or a senator, there is much to learn from Ryan Holiday's excellent <i>Lives of the Stoics.<br></i></p> -- Senator Ben Sasse

At a time when public nobility is hard to come by, this is a good reminder of the power of ethical leadership. ―
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Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman have achieved something remarkable with<i> Lives of the Stoics</i>. It's a gift to the many of us today who are searching for inspiration and sense a deep connection with the thought of Zeno, Cato, Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. Indispensable to anyone who genuinely wants to learn about Stoic philosophy. -- Donald Robertson, author of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor

With its emphasis on individual success and perserverence, stoicism is seeing an American renaissance. The authors offer brief instructional biographies of its major ancient practitioners. ―
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<b>From the bestselling authors of <i>The Daily Stoic</i> comes an inspiring guide to the lives of Stoicism's greatest practitioners </b> --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B086H4FGNL
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Profile Books; Main edition (29 September 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 15486 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 344 pages
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Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on 18 January 2021
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting biographies of all major stoics
By Sumit Jain on 18 January 2021
Excellent collection of the lives of all the major stoics. The chapters on Cicero, Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius are very interesting and worth reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
By Mantasha Mirza on 23 December 2020
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Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on 10 January 2021
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3.0 out of 5 stars Torn pages
By Raghav on 10 January 2021
First two pages were torn which spoils the mood. Also the cover was other way round.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Highly Disappointed. Beware of pop-Stoic salesmen
By arz on 19 October 2020
The author due to no fault of his own lacked Historical material to write this book but he beats around the bush to fill the book by milking theme of Stoicism. Here lies his fault.

He heavily relies on Plutarch's Lives and for most part the book felt like History of Rome not Lives of Stoics.

The author uses too many "perhaps" , "seems" , "must have been" "probably" , "likely" , "unlikely" to drag and build stories. This is unacceptable in a book claiming to represnt authentic history of Stoics. For 26 personalities he used word 'perhaps' for 56 times. A book with so many 'perhaps' is perhaps not worth your tine.

At most of the time Ryan Holiday is vague. He just wants to fill pages. At other places he asks unneccessary questions. He even sprinkles Shakespeare to make this bland book little more palatable.

To my dismay, at one place he tries to link delivery without Anesthesia as a Stoic act. This is ridiculous because whole animal kingdom except modern humans dont use Anesthesia. So can we call of them stoic?

Bottomline : Dont buy it. Read it of you can get a free copy from a library or friend. Or better just skip it.
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David Birse
5.0 out of 5 stars A history of the lives of Stoicism.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 10 December 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn the practical applications of Stoicism through 26 mini-biographies
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn the practical applications of Stoicism through 26 mini-biographies
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 4 October 2020
This is a great book that really brings to life the art of living the principles of Stoicism through 26 mini-biographies.

Ryan and Stephen have done a great job with their research to highlight the lives of these stoics. Whilst some of them are well known, there were many I had not come across and they range from being merchants, generals, writers, athletes, parents, professors, daughters and diplomats.

Each chapter starts with the Name, pronunciation, image and birth and death dates, starting with Zeno born in 334 BC and finishing off with Marcus Aurelius who was born in 121 AD. The chapters bring the essence of the life of each stoic. Ryan and Stephen mention in the Introduction that the aim hasn't been to have strict scholarly accuracy but actually bring out the moral lessons from the lives of each of the stoics. There is also a useful timeline at the end of the book to show the 500 years of Stoicism.

The book through each of the biographies, helps bring to life how the Stoic virtues of Courage. Justice. Temperance. Wisdom were lived by them. Interestingly it showed that many of the stoics did fall short of these values, they were tempted by wealth, made compromises, groped for fame, lost their temper, lied, were silent when they shouldn't have been and many other things. However, they teach through their choices why the virtues were important. You get to learn from their successes and failures. More importantly, it enables the reader to help apply philosophy to their own lives.

Given how 2020 has been for almost everyone, this is a great book to be able to understand the art of living no matter the circumstances and navigate a world with it's ups and downs. It is a great book for reflection and building your own understanding of how you want to live your life and the values you want to live by. I highly recommend the book.
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Joe Bathelt
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and very readable
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 23 January 2021
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3.0 out of 5 stars Print is too small
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 3 October 2020
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Jason Kolmer
3.0 out of 5 stars Woke Ryan, But Some Good Stories.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 31 May 2022
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