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Episode 53: The Emperor's Handbook

By Across the Margin

In the latest episode of Across The Margin: The Podcast, ATM’s Book Club is back in session and this time it is The Emperor's Handbook by Marcus Aurelius that is placed squarely beneath the microscope. The Emperor's Handbook is a book that holds within it an abundance of enduring advice from one of the most powerful leaders in all of history. Marcus Aurelius was at the helm of the Roman Empire at its height, yet he remained true to a virtuous code of ethics and was unchanged by the wealth and power that debased many of his predecessors. The Emperor's Handbook is awash with many of the foundational teachings that aim to ground a person, and steer their thoughts and actions towards a path or righteousness, and this episode serves as an ode to Aurelius’ sage convictions. To assist in the dissection of The Emperor's Handbook, Across The Margin once again turns to the always inspiring George Guidotti who returns for his fifth episode. In a previous episode, George helped critically dissect author G. Edward Griffin’s weighty novel, The Creature from Jekyll Island, which promotes undisclosed theories about the motives behind the creation of the United States Federal Reserve System. Following that, George aided in a deep dive into Sebastian Junger’s novel Tribe: On Homecoming & Belonging, a book that examines humanity’s innate attraction to tribal societies and explains why we are stronger when we come together, and how that can be achieved in today’s divided world. He then helped explore writer Joseph Campbell’s deeply insightful and affecting book The Power of Myth, before finally joining in an examination of the memoir of the late, great John Perry Barlow, Mother America Night: My Life In Crazy Times. In this episode, he returns to discuss some of the more inspiring advice ever compiled in one place, within Marcus Aurelius' The Emperor's Handbook.

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