Tag along on this New York Times bestselling witty, entertaining romp The New York Times Book Review as Eric Winer travels the world, from Athens to Silicon Valleyand back through history, tooto show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times.In this intellectual odyssey, travelers diary, and comic novel all rolled into one Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness , acclaimed travel writer Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas A superb travel guide funny, knowledgeable, and self deprecating The Washington Post , 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 With his trademark insightful humor, this big hearted humanist The Wall Street Journal 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 Fun and thought provoking Miami Herald , The Geography of Genius reevaluates the importance of culture in nurturing creativity and offers a practical map for how we can all become a bit inventive Adam Grant, author of Originals....
|Title||:||The Geography of Genius: Lessons from the World's Most Creative Places|
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The Geography of Genius: Lessons from the World's Most Creative Places Reviews
There's a school of thought that runs something like this: the average US citizen isn't very bright, has a limited attention span, and has an appetite only for the superficial. So if you want to write a book about something you feel to be important, you have to sugar the pill - with lots and lots of sugar and make sure it's a very small pill indeed.
This book should not be allowed to have this title. The title is way too cool, promising a true study of why some communities/civilization breed so much innovation. Instead this was a light travel book, touching on the state of certain cities at certain times without any in depth analysis or research. If you like cheesy humor and easy to read commentary that is not backed up by study you will probably not be as annoyed as I was by this book.
Greatly enjoyed this book by Eric Weiner. I love travelogues accompanied with insightful observations. Eric Weiner has carved his own niche. He is one of my favorite travel writers along with Bill Bryson and Paul Theroux.
This is a great book on many levels. First the content is solid. Eric gives many and varied perspectives on what makes a creative genius and what does not. He integrates thoughts from other writers who have researched this topics. He interviews experts who live and work in the locations he visits. He combines history with his active investigation. Second, it is incredibly readable. That's an understatement. The travelog approach is engaging, but his humor keeps it light and entertaining. Third and most importantly, he is an excellent writer. Page after page I have underlined excellent summaries of the ideas that support his thesis. He is expert at turning a phrase to make it sing. "Hunger is the best spice." "Genius requires not only an accelerator but also a rearview mirror." "Wealth gives you do-overs." "All art is, at its core, a stab at immortality." "Genius offers only the illusion of immortality. Yet we reach for it anyway, the way a drowning man will reach for even the flimsiest of logs."
This book was not as good as The Geography of Bliss - it almost seems like the author got a 2 book deal and felt forced to write a follow-up to TGoB. I just don't feel like his heart was in this one - TGoB explored a lot of locations that were more esoteric, this book not so much. An interesting read, but not a must read.
This was an interesting, but hard to read book for me and I put it down. Will get back to it. I wasn't sure exactly what the point was but others who read it said that comes at the end. Some parts were more interesting than others for me, especially the chapter on Venice. I will get back to it but not right away.
Eric Weiner has definitely done a great deal of research for this book. Yet, the book was nothing like what I expected. I was expecting more rigid framework and recommendations on how to transform cities into genius hubs. Weiner does provide such a framework, yet does it covertly.
Eric Weiner takes us on an immense journey in both place and time to explore instances of the emergence of creative genius in world history.