I am ashamed by how little I knew about the Communist and Cultural Revolutions if China. This book is a deeply personal story of three generations living through the horrors resulting from China’s 20th century transformation.
This book is an important cultural testimony. It also provides deep insights into how people react, it reminded me of the Stanford prison experiment. The author, at one point, describes how she learned that there are basically two types of people, kind people and everyone else.
As a developer and lover of science this was a delicious read. Hypothetical Absurd questions are the greatest indulgent of the mind and Monroe’s systematic analytic approach gives me brain freeze.
To riff off Dr. Malcolm’s words, Monroe was so preoccupied with whether or not he could find an answer to these questions, I’m not sure that he ever ever stopped to think if he should find that answer.
But that’s what makes this book so much fun.
I wish I had taken this course a decade ago. I wish I had taken it every year since. This covers a lot of important interpersonal skills broken down to easily understandable processes. It’s all about negotiating, and that’s what we all do, every day.