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Book Summary: Good Arguments – How Debate Teaches Us to Listen and Be Heard

Good Arguments (2022) is one part memoir, one part guide to the art of speaking. It introduces us to the thrilling and eccentric subculture of competitive debate and distills its secrets into timeless principles for effective communication. If we can only learn to disagree better, it argues, we can improve our relationships and revitalize our …

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Review: Never Split the Difference – Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on it

“Never Split the Difference” draws on Chris Voss’ real-life experience as an FBI negotiator to show how to get the most out of any negotiation in life. While most bargains aren’t a life-or-death matter, Voss’ well-honed tactics are also applicable to less high-stakes matters, like when negotiating for a raise or the price of a …

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Review: Up All Night – Ted Turner, CNN, and the Birth of 24-Hour News

Journalist Lisa Napoli details CNN’s saga and the life of its founder, Ted Turner. By emphasizing live reports and broadcasting 24 hours a day, CNN, which was the first all-news cable TV channel, turned the news world upside down. Napoli revels in Turner’s eccentric life and powerful personality. A pioneer in broadcasting, Turner seldom gets …

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Book Summary: Surrounded by Narcissists – How to Effectively Recognize, Avoid, and Defend Yourself Against Toxic People (and Not Lose Your Mind)

Surrounded By Narcissists (2022) is a guide to recognizing narcissists and understanding how they operate. Erikson suggests simple, effective methods for dealing with any narcissists you know, whether it’s your partner, a relative, someone you work with, or possibly all three – you may be surrounded.

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Book Summary: Real Love by Sharon Salzberg – The Art of Mindful Connection

Real Love (2017) draws our attention to the habits and cultural conditioning that stop us from forming deep connections with others. By inviting us to expand our notions of love and the ways in which we practice it in our day-to-day lives, Sharon Salzberg provides practical advice on how we can strengthen our relationships and …

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Book Summary: Wired for Love by Stan Tatkin, How Understanding Your Partner’s Brain Can Defuse Conflict

Wired for Love (2012) is a guide to maintaining closeness and emotional security within romantic partnerships. It uses research from neurobiology and psychology to show why long-term couples come into conflict, and it offers practical tips on how to use knowledge about brain functions to promote peace and mutual security in your relationship.

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