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Advance Reviews of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor

How to Think Like a Roman Emperor

Readers have started to post advance reviews of my latest book How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius on Amazon, GoodReads, etc.

Some people were able to view an “advance reader copy” of the book, and so they’ve read it before the official publication date, e.g., through the Amazon Vine program or Netgalley.

Here are some quotes from reviewers on Netgalley:

I was lucky to get a free copy via NetGalley for my true and honest opinion… I really enjoyed this book! I absolutely loved reading Marcus Aurelius book The Meditations. In How to Think Like a Roman Emperor, cognitive psychotherapist Donald Robertson weaves the life and philosophy of Marcus Aurelius together seamlessly to provide a compelling modern-day guide to the Stoic wisdom followed by countless individuals throughout the centuries as a path to achieving greater fulfillment and emotional resilience

Obviously, I would love this book. I definitely recommend it for all those who love philosophy or want to learn more about Stoicism or Marcus Aurelius.

Susan A.

This is a great attempt at explaining the circumstances that may have formed or at least refined one of the most influential Stoics and his legacy. Written partly in the format of a biography, each chapter provides a good mix of history, interpretations, similarities to modern-day psychological methods, and a few practical hints on how to potentially incorporate them in one’s daily life. Thankfully, this is not a typical self-help book nor an attempt to McDonaldize Stoicism (there is an industry that is focused on mindfulness to do that!)… Nor is this too focused on biography or historical details that would interest a history buff. That good blend sustains the reader throughout the book… One also gets to obtain an overview of the progression of various Greco-Roman schools of philosophy. Overall, this is the best book that has helped me develop a good understanding how Marcus may have become the Stoic he is respected as and a much more deeper appreciations of The Meditations.

Sreeram R.

I liked this book a lot, mostly because of the comparison between Stoicism and the cognitive behavioral therapy. I am a long time fan of Marcus Aurelius, even before the movie Gladiator or the book of Marguerite Yourcenar made him a well known Emperor among all the others, but I still think he was one of the best and everybody should read his Meditations.

Maria Cristina N.

I really enjoyed this one! It was well written… I enjoy reading about all things Roman, most especially the emperor world. Having the philosophical attitude, mindset towards our mortality does allow you to feel more “free”. I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to learn more about Rome, emperors and even simple philosophy.

Heather U.

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