Edward Norton
Book Recommendations

  • Buddhism without Beliefs

    Buddhism without Beliefs

    Buddhism without Beliefs

    Stephen Batchelor
    Buddhism
    3.96 (9,485)

    In this simple but important volume, stephen batchelor reminds us that the buddha was not a mystic who claimed privileged, esoteric knowledge of the universe, but a man who challenged us to understand the nature of anguish, let go of its origins, and bring into being a way of life that is available to us all. the concepts and practices of buddhism, says batchelor, are not something to believe in but something to do—and as he explains clearly and compellingly, it is a practice that we can engage in, regardless

    Edward Norton

    One of my favorites

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  • The Death of Woman Wang

    The Death of Woman Wang

    The Death of Woman Wang

    Jonathan D. Spence
    History
    3.46 (786)

    Drawing on local chinese histories, the memoirs of scholars, and other contemporary writings, chinese historian jonathan spence reconstructs an extraordinary tale of rural tragedy in a remote corner of shantung province in 17th-century china. life in the county of t'an-ch'eng emerges as an endless cycle of floods, plagues, crop failures, banditry, and heavy taxation. against this turbulent background a tenacious tax collector, an irascible farmer, and an unhappy wife act out a poignant drama at whose climax the wife, having run away from her husband, returns to him, only to

    Edward Norton

    It a great book

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  • The Search For Modern China

    The Search For Modern China

    The Search For Modern China

    Jonathan D. Spence
    History
    4.18 (2,702)

    In this widely acclaimed history of modern china, jonathan spence achieves a fine blend of narrative richness and efficiency. praised as "a miracle of readability and scholarly authority," (jonathan mirsky) the search for modern china offers a matchless introduction to china's history.

    Edward Norton

    It a great book

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  • Wind, Sand and Stars

    Wind, Sand and Stars

    Wind, Sand and Stars

    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.09 (16,484)

    Edward Norton

    ... I really like Antoine de Saint-Exuprys book. It's called Wind, Sand, and Stars.

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  • Shōgun

    Shōgun

    Shōgun

    James Clavell
    Fiction
    4.39 (159,457)

    After englishman john blackthorne is lost at sea, he awakens in a place few europeans know of and even fewer have seen--nippon. thrust into the closed society that is seventeenth-century japan, a land where the line between life and death is razor-thin, blackthorne must negotiate not only a foreign people, with unknown customs and language, but also his own definitions of morality, truth, and freedom. as internal political strife and a clash of cultures lead to seemingly inevitable conflict, blackthorne's loyalty and strength of character are tested by both passion

    Edward Norton

    Recommended on Tim Ferriss' podcast

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