What Really Matters?: Searching for Wisdom in America

What Really Matters?: Searching for Wisdom in America

by Tony Schwartz
     
 

In 1988, at the height of his career as a journalist, happily married and co-author of a smash number one bestseller, Tony Schwartz hit an unexpected wall. Why did the success he'd sought for so long suddenly feel empty? What was a truly meaningful and complete life, and who could show him how to live it? And how could he explore this wider vision without giving up…  See more details below

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In 1988, at the height of his career as a journalist, happily married and co-author of a smash number one bestseller, Tony Schwartz hit an unexpected wall. Why did the success he'd sought for so long suddenly feel empty? What was a truly meaningful and complete life, and who could show him how to live it? And how could he explore this wider vision without giving up his life in the "real world"? During the next five years he crisscrossed the country, meeting with mystics, psychologists, philosophers, physicians, and scientists. Blending the hunger of a seeker with a journalist's commitment to hardheaded inquiry, Schwartz interviewed, challenged, worked with, and sometimes befriended the key figures of a new, distinctively American wisdom tradition.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Schwartz's account of the four years he spent exploring different aspects of the human potential movement. (Apr.)
Ilene Cooper
Schwartz, a reporter for the "New York Times", has a nice wife, good kids, plenty of money. So why does he feel so bummed? In attempting to answer that question, the author set off on what turned out to be a four-year journey in search of the contemporary Holy Grail--peace of mind. As he crisscrossed the U.S., he encountered all aspects of the consciousness movement, from meditation and dream therapy through personality analysis and Eastern spirituality. Naturally, he met a few gurus along the way, including Baba Ram Dass and others less well known to the general public but just as revered among their followers. This is not just the story of a whiner holding out his bowl and asking for more. Schwartz offers a serious, analytical look at the whole phenomenon of self-discovery, appraising what he finds as both a reporter and a searcher. In addition, he brings to the process a liberal dose of humanizing humor. Schwartz's final chapter, in which he ties together what works and what doesn't, will certainly touch readers on their own spiritual journeys. His bottom line is hardly new news, but it bears repeating: "To live a complete life requires drawing deeply on all of one's potentials--mind, body, heart, soul, and spirit."

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ISBN-13:
9780553093988
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/1995
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

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