- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Harper (14 May 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062888439
- ISBN-13: 978-0062888433
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope Hardcover – 14 May 2019
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“Just because everything appears to be a mess doesn’t mean you have to be one. Mark Manson’s book is a call to arms for a better life and better world and could not be more needed right now.” (Ryan Holiday, bestselling author of The Obstacle is the Way and Ego is the Enemy)
“Mark Manson continues to break down questions about human happiness and well-being in creative and unexpected ways. The result is a wonderfully accessible book that tackles some of the deeper questions about where our world is headed, as well as how to take better care of ourselves (and each other) until we get there.” (Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD, Professor of Psychology at Columbia University and Host of The Psychology Podcast)
“Mark Manson has succeeded in explaining a crazy world to an entire generation by invoking hard science, moral philosophy, and gobs of hilarious wit. This book is guaranteed to make you laugh, question your beliefs, and (hopefully) change your life.” (Nir Eyal, bestselling author of Hooked and Indistractable)
“Mark provides an antidote to our era of spiritual malaise with a much-needed tincture of laughter, practical advice and philosophical wisdom. His counterintuitive insight will keep a three-bourbon smile on your face the whole time you’re reading it.” (Eric Barker, bestselling author of Barking Up the Wrong Tree)
“While we’re all afraid of the evils in the world, Mark Manson shows us how to avoid the dark side in ourselves. A witty and enlightening book that we all need to read before throwing in the towel.” (Shane Parrish, founder of Farnam Street and host of The Knowledge Project Podcast)
“Mark Manson is a master of thought-provoking and counterintuitive insights. His easy-to-read style will have you turning pages for hours.” (James Clear, New York Times bestselling author of Atomic Habits)
“Entertaining and thought-provoking . . . [Manson’s] dark-humored wit and blunt prose are both informative and engaging . . . Clever and accessibly conversational, Manson reminds us to chill out, not sweat the small stuff, and keep hope for a better world alive.” (Kirkus Reviews)
From the Back Cover
From the author of the international megabestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck 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 fucked—the planet is warming, governments are failing, economies are collapsing, and everyone is perpetually offended on Twitter.
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 Fuck, a book that brilliantly gave shape to the ever-present, low-level hum of anxiety that permeates modern living. He showed us that our maddening urge always to find happiness only serves to make us unhappier. And 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 number one bestseller in thirteen countries.
Now, in Everything Is Fucked, Manson turns his gaze to the endless calamities taking place in the world around us. Drawing from the pool of psychological research on these topics, as well as on the timeless wisdom of philosophers such as Plato, Nietzsche, and Tom Waits, he dissects religion and politics; looks at our relationships with money, entertainment, and the internet; and reveals how too much of a good thing can psychologically eat us alive.With his usual mix of erudition and where-the-fuck-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, openly defying our definitions of faith, happiness, freedom—and even of hope itself. One of the great modern writers has produced another book that will set the agenda for years to come.
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You could easily gulp this book down in one sitting and then gaze at the horizon thinking solemnly, "hey, didn't really assume the reality is really such messed up in real world these days..." But ditch pessimism, this book would teach you to take hold of this messed up situation we are in, socially, politically, personally, historically even, and to pick up the hidden hope that is so obvious but so subtle that it somehow missed your attention altogether.
Previously Mark Manson made us realize that "happiness" is rather overrated and why narrowing down your "f*** count" is very much necessary. Now he tries to have your attention more seriously and profoundly to a bigger perspective, that is our socio-political surroundings and our true position in it. With his typical humor, offbeat wisdom and terrific writing, you shouldn't give this book a miss. Living "hopefully" in this seemingly messed up world is another "subtle art" indeed.
Once again you are up to the mark, Mark. Cheers.
1. If you have read Daniel kahneman, Nassim Taleb, Yuval harari, Rolf dobelli and Nietzsche then most of the things would be already read by you.
Book has Mark's typical storytelling and humour and loads of F vocabulary. But in between long passages to repeat same thing gets boring too frequently.
There are same themes; Auschwitz, a rare medical condition, boring psychological research description, Einstein and splaying of Facebook, Netflix and Twitter.
4. I wonder if it has highest number of F vocabulary per page. It can work for one book, but not everytime.
I recommend if you want quality writing read author mentioned in point 1 of my review.
But it's not a book for the masses. It is for those who have at least already secured them self in the past in the financial domain. Because if you don't have money to take care of your daily life, it is but hopeless to talk about philosophy. However, how to live an ideal life through moral and personal ethics is excellently explained in the book, and the fact that it can and will lead to personal fulfillment and satisfaction at a very deep level is beyond doubt.
As rightly pointed out in the book, if you want to compare Kant's thinking brain with ours, his thinking brain must have had biceps. Most of us (if not all) are guided by our feeling brain. And that's where the author has successfully driven his point. Most of our problems are emotional (feeling brain is in the driver's seat, while the thinking brain is in the passenger seat), and we take decisions in life based on the emotions that the situations in life generates. Kant was the exception. The author has succeeded in outlining his own personal philosophy of life, a large share of which are a mix of Kant's philosophy and those of others (Nietzsche etc).
I enjoyed the book from the beginning till the end. The best part is that the author is not dictating what the reader should do. He has let it for the reader to decide. Mark has on the other hand described in detail the importance of values and how it maneuvers the dynamics of the society and people in the world in general. It is a book about psychology and a lot of research has gone into the writing of it.
The last portion of the book is about artificial intelligence (AI) and the proclamation that it is going to be the final religion.
This book is highly recommended to all avid readers with an exploring mind, who really wants to go deep down the rabbit hole to seek out the fundamentals that govern the dynamics of life we are living at present. Lot of humour fill the book, the writer never stops entertaining even when the issue is deeply philosophical.
Lot of love and respect to M. Manson for taking this bold step with writing EiF.
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The book did introduce some ideas worth reflection such as the idea and need for hope, the differences between our Thinking and Feeling Brains. But generally speaking, I found it to be a manipulative style of writing, where opinions are at times overstated as facts and subtly squeezed between actual facts, giving the reader the impression that it’s all one big fact. Another thing that was disappointing about this book was the number of extensive footnotes added as notes at the end of the book. Don’t get me wrong, no one loves footnotes more than I do, but I like them as footnotes, not as references. I found this both deceiving and annoying while reading. One superscript went on for 3.5 pages as a reference. The reason why I found it deceiving is because while some of the superscripts are just references to articles, research or other books, many others are just an opinion such as “Granted he suggested it hypothetically…”p. 257 or “ I’m being a bit dramatic…” P.253 which changes the entire understanding of the paragraph. It was annoying for the obvious reason that once you found out that many of the references are in fact just additions to the writing that actually do change your understanding of it, it was frustrating to have to keep flipping back and forth to read the notes. There was also a lot of nonsensical circular logic in many of the arguments he arrogantly made. I think his Feeling brain fully took over in certain paragraphs or maybe mine is while writing this.
He also doesn't pull any punches when it comes to criticising religion and other movements, so if you're easily offended be prepared.
I'm close to rating this five stars, but I'm going to knock off one only because the last chapter went a bit wayward in my opinion. He discusses the upcoming AI revolution, which is interesting in itself but I would have preferred if he had summarised the ideas he'd addressed in the rest of the book instead - there were so many that a quick overview would have been nice.
Other than that definitely a book worth reading
There are some great nuggets in here!
I'm disappointed with the book, because I was a fan of Models and The Subtle Art. It's still quite readable, but it's analogous to a B-side track.
The concept of the "Uncomfortable Truth" is a great starting point and helps puts things in perspective. I like how Mark was able to keep coming back to this point, in meaningful ways. There are many parts of this book that might make you squirm as you recognize some behaviours of your own that you have wanted to change but have not.
This book gives you solid reasons to pursue your best life. I found it very affirming.
I would have given this 5 stars, except I did not like how the book ended. I get why it did end the way it did, but I don't like endings like those (no spoilers.. you will have to read the book to the end to get it.)
I will keep this book and read it again because I think there is a lot more to it that will be uncovered in a second or third read. Ignore the F bombs.. they are used in situations where common language is used to discuss topics, but when things are very serious, there are fewer F bombs and more elegant sentences. I can feel the work that has gone into this book and appreciate it that someone would take the time to interpret Nietzsche and Plato so well, and apply them to the modern culture of today.
This book is more for the person who wants to relieve a lot of anxiety, and make themselves into a better person. I loved the parts on the Paradox of Choice and how to resolve it and the goodness that comes from finding a good path. That was very motivating!
In all, I really liked the Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, but this book was better...deeper, more meaningful and answered some really tough questions and asked even harder ones about ourselves. Highly recommend it.
Compared to Mark Manson's first book, The Subtle Art..., this read is a lot more theoretical with less personal view on the world. His thoughts to the issue are EXACTLY what our society needs at this time. The read was a lot more intense and for sure not a quick one. There is so much to take in and I know even after completing it, I will find myself referring back to sections many times in the future so I can make choices in my life while knowing and understanding how the human psyche works.
The various concerns about the cover title and the use of vulgaritiy - I was never worried about it, though this book isn't a flush with it as was his first book. His intention for shocking language is used to shock the reader to really grasp the intensity of the realities we face.
A great read and I encourage anyone who finds they reach their goals and never finds the happiness they expect with it will learn to understand why that is.
Well done Mark. I appreciate the effort and message you have stretched your neck out to share.
Here's a quote, to illustrate my point. "Science is arguably the most effective religion because it is the first religion that is able to evolve and improve on itself".
Other that that, it's okay. If you liked his first book, you may like this one too.