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In the Midst of Crisis, We Can Still Reclaim Our American Dream: Climate Activist Bill McKibben’s New Book

Like so many Americans, Bill McKibben—activist and bestselling author of the first book to introduce climate change to general audiences—grew up fully believing that the United States was the greatest country on earth. But fifty years later, he found himself in a nation and on a planet strained by overlapping crises. What happened? And how do we recover?

In The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon, Bill takes an incisive look at the tumultuous America of his past and present, and charts a course towards a fairer future. With his trademark honesty and clarity, he combines his personal memoir with the story of a nation at war with itself. He reflects on the most important dynamics and crises in our history, which are playing out on a national and even international scale, to show us how to hope and act fiercely for a better world. Heather McGhee, bestselling author of The Sum of Us, calls the book “a clarion call for a generation to understand what happened to their American Dream, and to fight for our common future.”

Watch Bill discuss The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon here:


Bill McKibben | The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon

For Happiness and Answers to Life, Follow the Numbers: Data Scientist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz’s New Book

How do we find happiness? We tend to follow our gut, which often leads us astray, but Seth Stephens-DavidowitzNew York Times bestselling author and former Google data scientist—says we can use data to choose more wisely and get happier. 

When we make big personal decisions, we consult friends, Google it, or just do what feels right. But Seth says we should instead be following the numbers. In his new book Don’t Trust Your Gut, Seth provides us with science-backed answers for some of life’s biggest questions. Among many other things, he proves that we’re looking for the wrong traits in our romantic partners, that the fanciest schools don’t matter much in raising kids, and that the most boring-sounding jobs are often the most lucrative. With his much-lauded research skills and trademark deadpan humor, Seth shows us how data is the key to making our lives better, more decisive, and happier. “When you know the data on how the world really works,” Seth says, “you are prepared to make better life decisions.”

Watch Seth talk about living the perfect data-driven life here:


Live The Perfect Life, Using Data - Seth Stephens-Davidowitz | Modern Wisdom Podcast 474