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Stoicism saved my life.
Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2019
In 2015, I entered a personal crisis from wrong thinking, wrong choices, wrong everything, and alcoholism. I could not distinguish the true from the false. While in recovery, I met another sober alcoholic who handed me Marcus Aurelius Meditations. This was my quake book that shook me at the core. I began reading a lot of Greek philosophy!
Fast forward to 2019, I saw a Donald Robertson tweet about the book "How To Think Like A Roman Emperor." Since Marcus Aurelius had become one of my many dead mentors, I ordered and read Donald's book. A true masterpiece!
The book has a blend of Marcus' life, Roman history, cognitive therapy, philosophy, and psychology. This book taught me much more about Marcus' brother Lucius, who I could relate to prior to my 2015 crisis. Lucius would overindulgence in pleasures, which eventually killed him at age 39 (my current age in 2019).
Donald explains in stoic fashion. I could regurgitate snippets from Donald's book which has helped me, but this review would never end.
I recommend anyone who is new to Stoicism or Marcus Aurelius to get both "Meditations" and "How To Think Like A Roman Emperor".