The Literary 10 – Number 3

3. Nobility of Spirit: A Forgotten Ideal

I’ve been sitting here racking my brain for the past 45 minutes, trying to remember where I first heard about this 116-page book. What I can tell you is that it’s a powerful little book.

In an age when everyone seems to be running scared from what they hear in the news and from corridors of power, this little book is perhaps the most powerful weapon against such mania. It begins with dinner at New York’s River Cafe with Thomas Mann’s youngest daughter and ends with the exhortation to be brave. Along the way, we listen in on conversations with Socrates, discussions held in the Swiss Alps, and ruminations on Europe’s future in the listless days following World War I.

This is a must-read for anyone committed to the power of ideas and imagination, and for those who want to thrive in a world hostile to free thought and nonconformity.