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Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope

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Mark Manson

7 Hours 3 Minutes

HarperCollins Publishers

May 2019

Audio Book Summary

From the author of the international mega-bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck comes a counterintuitive guide to the problems of hope.

We live in an interesting time. Materially, everything is the best it’s ever been—we are freer, healthier and wealthier than any people in human history. Yet, somehow everything seems to be irreparably and horribly f*cked—the planet is warming, governments are failing, economies are collapsing, and everyone is perpetually offended on Twitter. At this moment in history, when we have access to technology, education and communication our ancestors couldn’t even dream of, so many of us come back to an overriding feeling of hopelessness.

What’s going on? If anyone can put a name to our current malaise and help fix it, it’s Mark Manson. In 2016, Manson published The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck, a book that brilliantly gave shape to the ever-present, low-level hum of anxiety that permeates modern living. He showed us that technology had made it too easy to care about the wrong things, that our culture had convinced us that the world owed us something when it didn’t—and worst of all, that our modern and maddening urge to always find happiness only served to make us unhappier. Instead, the “subtle art” of that title turned out to be a bold challenge: to choose your struggle; to narrow and focus and find the pain you want to sustain. The result was a book that became an international phenomenon, selling millions of copies worldwide while becoming the #1 bestseller in 13 different countries.

Now, in Everthing Is F*cked, Manson turns his gaze from the inevitable flaws within each individual self to the endless calamities taking place in the world around us. Drawing from the pool of psychological research on these topics, as well as the timeless wisdom of philosophers such as Plato, Nietzsche, and Tom Waits, he dissects religion and politics and the uncomfortable ways they have come to resemble one another. He looks at our relationships with money, entertainment and the internet, and how too much of a good thing can psychologically eat us alive. He openly defies our definitions of faith, happiness, freedom—and even of hope itself.

With his usual mix of erudition and where-the-f*ck-did-that-come-from humor, Manson takes us by the collar and challenges us to be more honest with ourselves and connected with the world in ways we probably haven’t considered before. It’s another counterintuitive romp through the pain in our hearts and the stress of our soul. One of the great modern writers has produced another book that will set the agenda for years to come.

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  • Eric C.

    I tried... I really tried to give this book a shot. Half way through the book though, I couldn’t help but think that it was just the author ranting about things he randomly put together. I had to stop when he talked about the way you can create your own religion. It all became irrelevant...

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  • Cody F.

    There were a few parts to the book that really stood out, but as a whole the book was just OK.

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  • Anonymous

    I listened to the predecessor of this book three times as I got so much from it and like most "sequels" I was guarded in my expectations. I still have an hour to go but have found this book equally valuable in gaining a pragmatic, no-nonsense view of who I am and who we are. Many reviewers seem to struggle with the "how to create your own religion" part and I suspect that's because it's pretty confronting for those (myself included) who grew up in a religious environment. It all rings pretty true and that makes sustaining a religious outlook pretty hard. That said, I feel at 55 I am, for the first time, clearer on how things are. I particularly like the fact that Mark draws on many sources which I fully intend to track down to learn more. A great "read"!

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  • Adam Z.

    The whole how to create a religion part almost lost me and just was not needed

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  • Mark G.

    It was okay enjoyed most of it

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  • Benoît G.

    Interesting theory, some really catching and potentially eye opening concepts, alas sometimes lost in too much side information and examples to impact the reader/listener as they could have.

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  • Chris B.

    I absolutely loved this book. I found it incredibly insightful and I love that the author brought in other philosophical works and gave them greater context. For those that said they couldn't get through it, it's not for the literal concrete thinker.

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  • Sathena

    Liked got a little weird at the end but still good

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  • Tom R.

    First book’s narrator was great. Not this one. The content of this book was ehhhh..

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  • Anonymous

    Dark, depressing, and outrageously cynical

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