The Book Club

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The Book Club: The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Tolstoy with Matt Walsh
00:32:13
Leo Tolstoy’s novella speaks volumes on mortality, conformity, societal expectations, and what it means to live an authentic life. Ivan Ilyich suffers on his deathbed until he is able to fully confront his mortality. This same denial of death and the anguish it causes can be seen in our culture today, brought into focus by the events of 2020. Matt Walsh, host of The Matt Walsh Show, sits down with Michael Knowles to work through Tolstoy’s masterpiece of fiction. In our fast-paced world, it’s tough to make reading a priority. At least it used to be. At Thinkr.org, they summarize the key ideas from new and noteworthy nonfiction, giving you access to an entire library of great books in bite-size form. Read or listen to hundreds of titles in a matter of minutes: start your free trial today at https://thinkr.org/. Subscribe so you never miss a new episode! 📚 👉 https://www.prageru.com/series/book-club/ Text PRAGERU to 64600 for notifications.
Apr 20, 2021
The Book Club: King Lear by Shakespeare with Douglas Murray
00:28:38
Broken families are detrimental to society— it’s been proven throughout history. Douglas Murray and Michael Knowles summarize William Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear, and its themes of power, justice, blindness, and chaos played out through the severed relationship between a father and his children. In our fast-paced world, it’s tough to make reading a priority. At least it used to be. At Thinkr.org, they summarize the key ideas from new and noteworthy nonfiction, giving you access to an entire library of great books in bite-size form. Read or listen to hundreds of titles in a matter of minutes: start your free trial today at https://thinkr.org/. Subscribe so you never miss a new episode! 📚 👉 https://www.prageru.com/series/book-club/ Text 64600 for updates from PragerU!
Mar 23, 2021
The Book Club: Middlemarch by George Eliot with Heather Mac Donald
00:33:26
Is a life of duty and self-sacrifice noble or ridiculous? What can 21st-century readers take away from Middlemarch, A Study of Provincial Life, one of the great English novels? Heather Mac Donald joins Michael Knowles for a discussion of George Eliot’s comprehensive tale of marriage, idealism, loyalty, and profligacy in a nineteenth-century English town. In our fast-paced world, it’s tough to make reading a priority. At least it used to be. At Thinkr.org they summarize the key ideas from new and noteworthy nonfiction, giving you access to an entire library of great books in bite-size form. Read or listen to hundreds of titles in a matter of minutes: start your free trial today at https://thinkr.org/
Feb 16, 2021
The Book Club: Galileo with Brian Keating
00:28:05
Galileo proved that the Earth revolved around the sun and was punished for challenging existing scientific theory. Are we seeing parallels today? Brian Keating and Michael Knowles discuss Galileo’s The Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems and how modern scientists still face vilification if they challenge the ideological narrative. Follow Brian Keating on social media! Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrBrianKeating Instagram: https://instagram.com/DrBrianKeating YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/DrBrianKeating?sub_confirmation=1 Get his new book, Losing the Nobel Prize, here: http://amzn.to/2sa5UpA In our fast-paced world, it’s tough to make reading a priority. At least it used to be. At Thinkr.org, they summarize the key ideas from new and noteworthy nonfiction, giving you access to an entire library of great books in bite-size form. Read or listen to hundreds of titles in a matter of minutes: start your free trial today at https://thinkr.org/
Jan 19, 2021
The Book Club: Genesis with Bishop Robert Barron
00:28:47
Biblical illiteracy is at an all-time high. Many Americans believe the Bible is archaic, even irrelevant to the changing culture. In this episode, Bishop Robert Barron and Michael Knowles take you through Genesis, the first book of the Bible, to uncover foundational truths about mankind and human civilization. In our fast-paced world, it’s tough to make reading a priority. At least it used to be. At Thinkr.org, they summarize the key ideas from new and noteworthy nonfiction, giving you access to an entire library of great books in bite-size form. Read or listen to hundreds of titles in a matter of minutes: start your free trial today at https://thinkr.org/
Dec 15, 2020
The Book Club: Symposium by Plato with Spencer Klavan
00:30:08
Love is an innate desire of every human being, but how do you define it and what is its purpose in relationships? Michael Knowles and Spencer Klavan take you through one of the most collective philosophical texts on love in Western literature: Plato’s The Symposium. In our fast-paced world, it’s tough to make reading a priority. At least it used to be. At Thinkr.org, they summarize the key ideas from new and noteworthy nonfiction, giving you access to an entire library of great books in bite-size form. Read or listen to hundreds of titles in a matter of minutes: start your free trial today at https://thinkr.org/.
Nov 17, 2020
The Book Club: Divine Comedy by Dante with Catherine Illingworth
00:39:06
A man who has nothing left to lose is led through hell, purgatory, and heaven in this incomparable masterpiece. Dante scholar Catherine Illingworth joins Michael Knowles to discuss his favorite work of art ever composed: Dante’s Divine Comedy. Subscribe so you never miss a new episode! 👉 https://www.prageru.com/series/book-club/ In our fast-paced world, it’s tough to make reading a priority. At least it used to be. At Thinkr.org, they summarize the key ideas from new and noteworthy nonfiction, giving you access to an entire library of great books in bite-size form. Read or listen to hundreds of titles in a matter of minutes: start your free trial today at https://thinkr.org/
Oct 20, 2020
The Book Club: Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington with Carol Swain
00:33:25
What is the key to racial reconciliation in our nation? Dr. Carol Swain joins Michael Knowles on this month’s episode of The Book Club to examine the life of Booker T. Washington, a former slave turned educator, as seen through the lens of his autobiography Up From Slavery. In our fast-paced world, it’s tough to make reading a priority. At least it used to be. At Thinkr.org, they summarize the key ideas from new and noteworthy nonfiction, giving you access to an entire library of great books in bite-size form. Read or listen to hundreds of titles in a matter of minutes: start your free trial today at https://thinkr.org/
Sep 15, 2020
The Book Club: 1984 by George Orwell with Dave Rubin
00:31:06
George Orwell’s novel, 1984, portrays a dystopian world where Big Brother reigns supreme. Today, however, Orwell’s warning against totalitarianism reads more like a newspaper than a work of fiction. Dave Rubin, host of The Rubin Report, joins Michael Knowles to dissect the pages of this classic work. In our fast-paced world, it’s tough to make reading a priority. At least it used to be. At Thinkr.org, they summarize the key ideas from new and noteworthy nonfiction, giving you access to an entire library of great books in bite-size form. Read or listen to hundreds of titles in a matter of minutes: start your free trial today at https://thinkr.org/
Aug 20, 2020
The Book Club: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley with Sen. Ted Cruz
00:31:55
Sen. Ted Cruz joins Michael Knowles this month for a very special episode of The Book Club! They discuss Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel Brave New World and why it is an indictment of tyranny and totalitarianism. Don’t miss it. In our fast-paced world, it’s tough to make reading a priority. At least it used to be. At Thinkr.org, they summarize the key ideas from new and noteworthy nonfiction, giving you access to an entire library of great books in bite-size form. Read or listen to hundreds of titles in a matter of minutes: start your free trial today at https://thinkr.org/
Aug 18, 2020
The Book Club: Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham with Larry Elder
00:24:59
How do you find meaning in a world filled with cruelty? Michael Knowles and Larry Elder discuss the universal search for unconditional love as seen in the pages of W. Somerset Maugham’s fictional novel, Of Human Bondage. In our fast-paced world, it’s tough to make reading a priority. At least it used to be. At Thinkr.org, they summarize the key ideas from new and noteworthy nonfiction, giving you access to an entire library of great books in bite-size form. Read or listen to hundreds of titles in a matter of minutes: start your free trial today at https://thinkr.org/
Jun 16, 2020
The Book Club: The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison with Ben Shapiro
00:27:37
Do you understand the Constitution? What makes America different? Ben Shapiro joins Michael Knowles to discuss The Federalist Papers, a collection of essays written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. They discuss the founders’ vision for a limited government that protects the God-given rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In our fast-paced world, it’s tough to make reading a priority. At least it used to be. At https://thinkr.org/ they summarize the key ideas from new and noteworthy nonfiction, giving you access to an entire library of great books in bite-size form. Read or listen to hundreds of titles in a matter of minutes: start your free trial today at https://thinkr.org/
May 19, 2020
The Book Club: Intellectuals by Paul Johnson with Abigail Shrier
00:22:25
Thinkers from Karl Marx to Noam Chomsky have shaped political thought and transformed societies. In this episode of The Book Club, Michael Knowles and PragerU’s executive director, Allen Estrin, discuss Intellectuals by Paul Johnson and how the book highlights both the brilliance and dangers of intellectuals’ impact on humanity. In our fast-paced world, it’s tough to make reading a priority. At least it used to be. At https://thinkr.org/ they summarize the key ideas from new and noteworthy nonfiction, giving you access to an entire library of great books in bite-size form. Read or listen to hundreds of titles in a matter of minutes: start your free trial today at https://thinkr.org/
Apr 21, 2020
The Book Club: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen with Abigail Shrier
00:20:45
Pride and Prejudice is one of the most famous and most beloved romantic novels of all time. In this episode of The Book Club, Michael Knowles and Abigail Shrier explore the themes of love, virtue, and social hierarchy discovered in the pages of Jane Austen’s classic work. Tune in!
Mar 18, 2020
The Book Club: Hamlet by William Shakespeare with Andrew Klavan
00:22:13
William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is the greatest play ever written. In this episode of The Book Club, Michael Knowles and Andrew Klavan discuss the themes of this classic work — inaction, appearance versus reality, doubt and truth — and how they mirror modern society. Pick up a copy and join us for this impactful episode. In our fast-paced world, it’s tough to make reading a priority. At least it used to be. At Thinkr.org, they summarize the key ideas from new and noteworthy nonfiction, giving you access to an entire library of great books in bite-size form. Read or listen to hundreds of titles in a matter of minutes: start your free trial today at Thinkr.org To hear more of Michael, check out the Michael Knowles Show podcast: apple.co/2tSTNyY
Feb 19, 2020
The Book Club: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl with Dennis Prager
00:21:12
What is mankind’s greatest pursuit? In the world premiere of The Book Club, Michael Knowles and Dennis Prager take you through psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s moving memoir of life in a Nazi death camp, and how this experience shaped his thinking. Man’s Search for Meaning explores human suffering, hope, and the pursuit of purpose in one of the darkest moments in history. Don’t miss it! In our fast-paced world, it’s tough to make reading a priority. At least it used to be. At Thinkr.org, they summarize the key ideas from new and noteworthy nonfiction, giving you access to an entire library of great books in bite-size form. Read or listen to hundreds of titles in a matter of minutes: start your free trial today at Thinkr.org. To hear more of Michael, check out the Michael Knowles Show podcast: https://apple.co/2tSTNyY
Jan 20, 2020