This is one of the finest, most beautifully written books I have read in years. As someone who has just completed the jump from always being the protege to being both mentor and protege, I am amazed by how the stories of teaching and learning in all walks for professional life–from the boardroom to the streets to the stage to the classroom–are relevant to me. Liu’s admonishment at the beginning of the book not to just read the stories that seem directly relevant was well placed. I strongly encourage everyone who is concerned about the selfishness in our society and in our professional environments to read this book. Liu’s lessons will help you understand who influenced you and why–and will challenge you to pass on what you have learned to those around you. And he will give you concrete tools for doing so in a way that empowers both student and teacher. This is a book for everyone and could not have been published at a more necessary time in American history. I expect it to be (deservedly) a best seller. Liu’s prose is brilliantly descriptive and evocative. You will enjoy this book very much. If you enjoy it as much as I did, then you should buy a second copy and pass it along to a friend who would benefit, and challenge them to do the same. Together, we can start a movement in this country of one-on-one life-changing transformation.
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This is a beautiful book that explores learning and mentorship in the broadest human and existential context, and draws fresh insights from this approach. Liu investigates the interaction between great teachers and their pupils not only from the standpoint of their particular craft, but the broader story of how teacher and pupil find themselves brought together, change each other as human beings, and eventually go their separate ways. It shows us how teaching can be not just a 9 to 5 gig, but perhaps the activity that shows our distinct human-ness better than any other. Anyone with interests in education and mentorship, or who has been touched by a teacher of the past, would see in this book a reflection of themselves.
This engaging book is about falling in love with learning and moving learning into living. Author Eric Liu writes, “All thinking is analogy-making. All learning is analogy-finding. All teaching is analogy-showing.” His book is filled with analogies drawn from his own fascinating life and from the mentors he spent two years observing and working with as he experienced their processes of teach ing and empowering. These experiences took him to hundreds of locations including schools, a baseball training camp, dance and music studios, corporate offices, a prison, a gangland “hood” and an Ivy League college. Liu has woven a richly colored and textured tapestry of learning from a variety of cultures and occupations, as well as failings and strivings and successes that mark contemporary life in the United States. Every teacher and learner should own this book.