The Busy Reader

 

Pages in Motion. Passion for Stories.

The Busy Reader

 

Pages in Motion. Passion for Stories.

January 2, 2020

Video Length 2:20

Who Should Read It

Anyone with an interest in the 1000+ islands that lie in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Why Should We Read It

The Polynesian Triangle is overlooked in most history books, and yet is the location of humanity’s most spectacular global migration event.

What Will We Learn

We will learn not only how the Polynesians discovered the islands in the Polynesian Triangle, but also how we came to discover t...

December 1, 2019

Video Length 1:42

Who Should Read It

Anyone considering a complete career change, or wondering why their resume looks so random.

Why Should We Read It

Fear not! Our resumes are awesome!!

What Will We Learn

In our world of hyper-specialization, having a breadth of experience does not mean we are "falling behind", and in fact will be the key to greater success.

Book Reflections

"I...had no idea what career I wanted. I was on track to wa...

November 1, 2019

Video Length 1:52

Who Should Read It

Anybody with a smart phone in their pocket.

Why Should We Read It

We are so fully engrossed in our digital lives that we might be forgetting to live our actual lives.

What Will We Learn

An effective way to unshackle ourselves from our phones and take back our lives!

Book Reflections

"...the key to success...is to be disconnected." 

Cal Newport, a computer science professor, is most famous for his 20...

August 1, 2019

Video Length 2:57

Who Should Read It

All individuals in leadership positions of any kind.

Why Should We Read It

We all want something- what do we do if we don't have unlimited capacity to get everything we want?

What Will We Learn

In strategy, it doesn't matter how we reach our goals, as long as we reach them.

Book Reflections

"Now here was a book that would teach me not just the meaning of 'strategy', but presumably also the 'grandes...

June 1, 2019

Video Length 1:57

Who Should Read It

Every American citizen, and anyone with a passing or vested interest in American foreign policy.

Why Should We Read It

The United States increasingly relies on its military to conduct its foreign affairs. We should all understand what the long-term implications of this strategy might be. 

What Will We Learn

We will begin to appreciate how difficult it is to be, and how essential it is to have, a...

December 1, 2018

Video Length 1:26

Who Should Read It

Aficionados of books, history, and/or reading!

Why Should We Read It

This memoir quite joyfully captures the innate pleasure of receiving, giving, and finishing a book of any kind.

What Will We Learn

Interspersed between the celebration of books is a fascinating overview of the economics of book selling through the ages.

Book Summary

"What stood out from the rest was a rather fortuitous purchase......

November 1, 2018

This video book review was originally published at 2019 Miles to Water, a collaborative charity effort founded by Emile Wang, CEO of EWB Podcasts, and last month's guest blogger for The Busy Reader!

Video Length 2:14

Who Should Read It

Everyone.

Why Should We Read It

This autobiography is a compelling story of the personal and organizational growth of the NGO charity:water and its CEO, Scott Harrison.

What Will We Learn

We will (re)d...

October 2, 2018

This post features guest contributor Emile Wang, CEO of EWB Podcasts, and founder of the charity effort, 2019 Miles to Water!

Video Length 2:28

Who Should Read It

Anyone who wants to share some laughs while reading Steve Martin’s memoirs on the development of his craft in stand-up comedy

Why Should We Read It

Everyone thinks the entertainment industry is glamorous and easy. Once in a while, we should recall the real hardships and s...

July 1, 2018

Video Length 2:03

Who Should Read It

Anyone with an interest in architecture, Taiwan, and/or temples

Why Should We Read It

Eclectic information and beautiful photos and diagrams make for a satisfying and easy read

What Will We Learn

We begin to see how tradition and spirituality negotiate for survival in our modern 21st century.

Book Summary

In January 2018, I was meandering through Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport shopping mall...

January 1, 2018

Video Length 2:03

Who Should Read It

Anybody with an interest in a comprehensive yet concise history of Taiwan.

Why Should We Read It

Taiwan is not simply just an island extension of Chinese culture and hegemony, and its nuanced and complicated history will shed light into how Taiwanese people see themselves.

What Will We Learn

We will gain a better understanding of how geography and centuries of international politics have forged T...

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