- Eye Opening
- Hot Topic
While the rating tells you how good a book is according to our two core criteria, it says nothing about its particular defining features. Therefore, we use a set of 20 qualities to characterize each book by its strengths:
Applicable – You’ll get advice that can be directly applied in the workplace or in everyday situations.
Analytical – You’ll understand the inner workings of the subject matter.
Background – You’ll get contextual knowledge as a frame for informed action or analysis.
Bold – You’ll find arguments that may break with predominant views.
Comprehensive – You’ll find every aspect of the subject matter covered.
Concrete Examples – You’ll get practical advice illustrated with examples of real-world applications or anecdotes.
Controversial – You’ll be confronted with strongly debated opinions.
Eloquent – You’ll enjoy a masterfully written or presented text.
Engaging – You’ll read or watch this all the way through the end.
Eye opening – You’ll be offered highly surprising insights.
For beginners – You’ll find this to be a good primer if you’re a learner with little or no prior experience/knowledge.
For experts – You’ll get the higher-level knowledge/instructions you need as an expert.
Hot Topic – You’ll find yourself in the middle of a highly debated issue.
Innovative – You can expect some truly fresh ideas and insights on brand-new products or trends.
Insider’s take – You’ll have the privilege of learning from someone who knows her or his topic inside-out.
Inspiring – You’ll want to put into practice what you’ve read immediately.
Overview – You’ll get a broad treatment of the subject matter, mentioning all its major aspects.
Scientific – You’ll get facts and figures grounded in scientific research.
Visionary – You’ll get a glimpse of the future and what it might mean for you.
Well structured – You’ll find this to be particularly well organized to support its reception or application.
If you were to name the top public health issues affecting industrialized nations in 2020, diabetes, heart disease and cancer would probably be on your list. Those were the illnesses top-of-mind also for physician Vivek Murthy when he became US president Barack Obama’s surgeon general. Yet when traveling across the country surveying people suffering from illnesses and chronic health conditions, Murthy discovered that many were facing their health challenges on their own. After leaving his job, Murthy wrote Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World, in which he describes the widespread health implications of this loneliness epidemic. He shares some of his insights in an interview with Forbes.
About the Author
Professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Forbes contributor Bryan Robinson has written several books, including The Smart Guide to Managing Stress, #Chill and Chained to the Desk.