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Author: Christine Gross-Loh, Michael Puett Narrator: Michael Puett, Christine Gross-Loh Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2016 ISBN: 9781442378094
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For the first time an award-winning Harvard professor shares the lessons from his wildly popular course on classical Chinese philosophy, showing you how these ancient ideas can guide you on the path to a good life today.

The lessons taught by ancient Chinese philosophers surprisingly still apply, and they challenge our fundamental assumptions about how to lead a fulfilled, happy, and successful life. Self-discovery, it turns out, comes through looking outward, not inward. Power comes from holding back. Good relationships come from small gestures. Spontaneity comes from practice. And excellence comes from what you choose to do, not your “natural” abilities.

Counterintuitive. Countercultural. Even revolutionary. These powerful ideas have made Professor Michael Puett’s course the third most popular at Harvard University in recent years, with enrollment surging every year since it was first offered in 2006. It’s clear students are drawn by a bold promise Professor Puett makes on the first day of class: “These ideas will change your life.” Now he offers his course to the world. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Puett and Gross-Loh bring seemingly esoteric concepts down to Earth, where we can see them more clearly. The result is a philosophy book grounded in the here and now, and brimming with nuggets of insight.”

    Eric Weiner, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Offers interesting alternatives to some of our modern ideas of self and society…worth the cover price.”

    Financial Times (London)

  • “This book opens the mind…Puett and his co-author[‘s] accessible, conversational style introduces anyone with interest to what Chinese sages suggested about giving meaning to our days.”

    Huffington Post

  • “A remarkable combination of self-help guide and iconoclastic take on ancient Chinese wisdom…The authors superbly succeed at highlighting ancient Chinese philosophy’s tools for achieving its vision of a flourishing life.”

    Chronicle of Higher Education

  • "[Along with] Christine Gross-Loh’s heartfelt reading of the foreword, Michael Puett’s…tone and articulation are clear, and his phrasing reveals sensitivity to the book’s broad messages…The wisdom here will be provocative and paradigm-shifting for many listeners.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller

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About the Author

Michael Puett is the Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and chair of the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University. He is the recipient of a Harvard College professorship for excellence in undergraduate teaching.

About the Narrator

Christine Gross-Loh is a freelance journalist and author. Her writing has appeared in a number of publications including the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and the Atlantic. She has a PhD from Harvard University in East Asian history.