The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley [Audiobook]

The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley [Audiobook]
The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley [Audiobook] by Eric Weiner, read by the Author
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 14 hrs 11 mins | 396.27MB

Travel the world with Eric Weiner, the New York Times bestselling author of The Geography of Bliss, as he journeys from Athens to Silicon Valley—and throughout history, too—to show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times.

In The Geography of Genius, acclaimed travel writer Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas. He explores the history of places, like Vienna of 1900, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, Song Dynasty Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley, to show how certain urban settings are conducive to ingenuity. And, with his trademark insightful humor, he walks the same paths as the geniuses who flourished in these settings to see if the spirit of what inspired figures like Socrates, Michelangelo, and Leonardo remains. In these places, Weiner asks, “What was in the air, and can we bottle it?”

This link can be traced back through history: Darwin’s theory of evolution gelled while he was riding in a carriage. Freud did his best thinking at this favorite coffee house. Beethoven, like many geniuses, preferred long walks in the woods.

Sharp and provocative, The Geography of Genius redefines the argument about how genius came to be. His reevaluation of the importance of culture in nurturing creativity is an informed romp through history that will surely jumpstart a national conversation.

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World [Audiobook]

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World [Audiobook]
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World [Audiobook] by Eric Weiner, read by the Author
2008 | MP3@80 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 4 mins | 397.2MB

Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, The Geography of Bliss takes the listener from America to Iceland to India in search of happiness, or, in the crabby author's case, moments of "un-unhappiness." The book uses a beguiling mixture of travel, psychology, science and humor to investigate not what happiness is, but where it is.

Are people in Switzerland happier because it is the most democratic country in the world? Do citizens of Qatar, awash in petrodollars, find joy in all that cash? Is the King of Bhutan a visionary for his initiative to calculate Gross National Happiness? Why is Asheville, North Carolina so damn happy? With engaging wit and surprising insights, Eric Weiner answers those questions and many others, offering travelers of all moods some interesting new ideas for sunnier destinations and dispositions.

Black Dragon River: A Journey Down the Amur River at the Borderlands of Empires [Audiobook]

Black Dragon River: A Journey Down the Amur River at the Borderlands of Empires [Audiobook]
Black Dragon River: A Journey Down the Amur River at the Borderlands of Empires [Audiobook] by Dominic Ziegler, read by Steve West
2015 | MP3@96 kbps + EPUB | 14 hrs 11 mins | 580.67MB

A remarkable journey down the Amur River, revealing the history and culture of a region that is once again becoming one of the world's most contested regions

Black Dragon River is a personal journey down one of Asia's great rivers. The world's ninth largest river, the Amur serves as a large part of the border between Russia and China. As a crossroads for the great empires of Asia, this area offers journalist Dominic Ziegler a lens with which to examine the societies at Europe's only borderland with East Asia. He follows a journey from the river's top to bottom and weaves the history, ecology, and peoples to show a region obsessed with the past - and to show how this region holds a key to the complex and critical relationship between Russia and China today.

The Amur crosses terrain legendarily difficult to cross. Near the river's source, Ziegler travels on horseback from the Mongolian steppe into the taiga, and later he is forced by the river's impassability to take the Trans-Siberian Railway through the 400-mile valley of water meadows inland. As he voyages deeper into the Amur wilderness, Ziegler also journeys into the history of the peoples and cultures the river's path has transformed.

The known history of the river begins with Genghis Khan and the rise of the Mongolian empire a millennium ago, and the story of the region has been one of aggression and conquest ever since. The modern history of the river is the story of Russia's push across the Eurasian landmass to China. For China, the Amur is a symbol of national humiliation and Western imperial land seizure; to Russia it is a symbol of national regeneration, its New World dreams and Eastern prospects. The quest to take the Amur was to be Russia's route to greatness, replacing an oppressive European identity with a vibrant one that faced the Pacific.

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