The news is everywhere. We can’t stop constantly checking it on our computer screens, but what is this doing to our minds? We are never really taught how to make sense of the torrent of news we face every day, writes Alain de Botton (author of the best-selling The Architecture of Happiness), but this has a huge impact on our sense of what matters and of how we should lead our lives. In his dazzling new book, de Botton takes 25 archetypal news stories - including an airplane crash, a murder, a celebrity interview and a political scandal - and submits them to unusually intense analysis with a view to helping us navigate our news-soaked age.
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The News and a Treatise on Life
De Botton presents truths and insights not only about the news which greatly affects our modern culture, but he examines aspects of society as a whole that I found enjoyable and thought-provoking.
I don't know that I've ever read a book quite like "The News", to be honest.
He has a lovely English accent that is pleasant, but not distracting from the content. The attention is drawn to De Botton's words, not Bell's performance of them.
At times it did make me laugh out loud, recognizing the amusing truth behind many of De Botton's thoughts. But more often than not, it had me pondering issues of life in ways I never have before. I found myself jotting down notes on numerous occasions.
This copy of "The News" was provided for review purposes only.
- L. Hartness
These were new and worthy ideas.