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Gretchen Craft Rubin was editor in chief of the Yale Law Journal. She clerked on the Supreme Court under Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and served as counsel to FCC Chairman Reed Hundt. An adjunct professor at Yale, she currently lives in Manhattan. (Publisher Provided) Gretchen Rubin started her mostrar mais career in law and was clerking for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer. She writes on the linked subjects of habits, happiness, and human nature on her daily blog as well as in books. Her books include Happier at Home, The Happiness Project, and Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de Gretchen Rubin

Forty Ways to Look at JFK (2005) 37 cópias
Iyilestiren Aliskanliklar (2020) 4 cópias


Conhecimento Comum



This is an interesting concept for a biography. Rather than a chronological review of Churchill's life, Rubin comes at the various perspectives and thoughts on him from 40 different points of view (sort of). This allows her to present a multifarious method of considering one of the most prominent people of the 20th century. The downside to this idea is that she drifts into repetition more than a few times. After the first few chapters, the reader has a good sketch of the major events in Churchill's life, and so I think Rubin could have avoided rehashing them over and again.

All the same, this was an interesting book. I learned a lot about Churchill, having never read a biography of him before, but it didn't feel like a textbook. He was certainly not as heroic as many people think he was, and yet he was also exactly what they believe. The contradictions in his personal life and legacy are profound, and simply have to be taken as they are; there is no accounting for them. To paraphrase the author, Churchill was greater than all of us, but also exactly like us. I especially enjoyed Chapter 36, in which Rubin explains how his life so perfectly fits the arc of a literary tragic hero.
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Library_Guard | outras 4 resenhas | Jun 17, 2024 |
Looking for a way to make a change for the better? Start by picking up this book. Gretchen Rubin uses her chatty, personal approach to address the topic of habits, just as she did with happiness in her two most recent books (note: if you didn't like the tone or style of those books, you won't like this one either).

Lately much as been written about how we exert control over ourselves (I'm thinking in particular of "The Power of Habit", and "Willpower", among others). While many books provide ample scientific background about why we do what we do (or don't do what we should) without providing an action plan, Rubin lays out practical steps for creating and sustaining habits based on one's personality type. She includes a quiz to help the reader self-identify his/her likely pattern of behavior (upholder, questioner, rebel, or obliger).

Rubin discusses the human nature of managing only what we monitor, the necessity of accountability in establishing good habits, and why convenience is worth the cost if positive habits are a result.
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jj24 | outras 48 resenhas | May 27, 2024 |
Von allem etwas und deshalb nichts so richtig. Als "Anfängerbuch" vielleicht geeignet, mir waren zu viele Floskeln und Allgemeinplätze drin.
Sie startet viele Abschnitte mit Anweisungen ("tu dies, mach das"), um dann zu erzählen wie es ihr damit ging. Davon abgesehen dass sie ein ziemlich privilegiertes Leben führt, fand ich diesen Wechsel auch irritierend. Entweder ist es ein Ratgeber oder ein Erfahrungsbericht. Dieses Buch will beides sein und ist deshalb beides nur halb... 2,5 Sterne, aufgerundet auf 3.… (mais)
Katzenkindliest | outras 179 resenhas | Apr 23, 2024 |



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