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The Ten Golden Rules: Ancient Wisdom from the Greek Philosophers on Living the Good Life

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Living the good life doesn't require a lot of money or even any faith. The Ten Golden Rules condenses the wisdom of the ancient Greeks into 10 memorable and easy-to-understand rules that, if lived by, can enable modern readers to have rich, meaningful lives.

Each chapter examines a rule:

1. Examine life

2. Worry only about those things under your control

3. Treasure friendship

Hardcover, 128 pages
Published April 10th 2009 by Hampton Roads Publishing (first published March 31st 2009)
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I received this book from First Reads. The timing on receiving this book was excellent, as I had just finished reading Leadership and Self-Deception. I feel that this would have been an even better prelude, but it was still an excellent dessert to the meal of Leadership and Self-Deception.

This is a really quick read, even for a slow reader such as myself. I was able to finish this book in about two hours. I felt that it was a really good foundation to Leadership and Self-Deception. While this bo
This was a quick, easy read with lots of logical information that's always good to revisit. Things like: worry only about things under your control, avoid excesses, don't make money the main thing in your life, be kind to others, etc. We're heard it all before but perhaps not as voiced by the Greek scholars. I can see this as a little graduation gift or for someone just starting out in the work world. It was okay, but lacked heft. Some of the chapters, maybe most, seemed like prologue..more is ...more
The 10 rules are definitely worth thinking about. I wrestled as much good out of the book as I could but there just wasn't much there. I liked that each chapter started with a story, although sometimes I wondered if they weren't made up or composites. There were a few times some of the writing felt like a thinly-veiled poke at Christianity, but maybe that was just me.

I liked the cool calming colors of the cover.

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This book (actually, it is an overpriced pamphlet padded out to 100 pages with generic pictures, large print, huge spaces around the text, and excessive repetition) of "ancient wisdom from the Greek philosophers" has about as much to do with ancient Greek philosophy as the TV show "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" had to do with Greek mythology. The authors present 10 of their own "rules," illustrated with quotes attributed to ancient Greek writers, although most of the quotes are completely de ...more
Shane Westfall
I'm just not sure who the target audience was for this one. Of course, you don't see many books tagged philosophy/self-help and perhaps there is a reason. Anyone has delved into philosophy at even a Wikipedia level would find this slender volume to be mind-numbingly absent of any substance. Generally, devotional books are targeted towards the christian crowd, and this book makes a point that that isn't their specific audience. Perhaps I was expecting more, but one would expect a volume promising ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
For future reference, here are the ten golden rules:

1. Examine life.
2. Worry only about the things you can control.
3. Treasure friendship.
4. Experience true pleasure.
5. Master yourself.
6. Avoid excess.
7. Be a responsible human being.
8. Don’t be a prosperous fool.
9. Don’t do evil to other people.
10. Kindness toward others tends to be rewarded.
I quick read, but lacks a depth of information. I would have prefered more background on the Greek philosophers mentioned and citations of their principles.

It could be a good start as an introduction to philosophy or as a didactic tool.

I would consider it as a gift for a high school graduate and I also plan to use it with my team at work.
Jul 04, 2009 Todd added it
This is a must read for today's generation. Our world is so full of new fads, new ways of thinking and too must information, period. This is a book of wisdom built on the most solid of foundations. I learned much from the ten principles for right living. This was a refreshing book. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
This book was an easy read and I enjoyed it. If you are interested in philosophy or even history, it's interesting to see how life in Ancient Greece can actually apply to your life today. It's just a nice reminder of what's important in life.
Huge disappointment! Not worth the cover price! Not worth the time it would take to read it. For a full review:
Feb 21, 2010 Missy added it
The book held high promise but failed to deliver. Comprehensive review available at:
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