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In The Socrates Express, New York Times bestselling author Eric Weiner invites you to voyage alongside him on his life-changing pursuit of wisdom and discovery as he attempts to find answers to our most vital questions.

“Part travelogue, part soul-searching memoir and part intellectual matchmaker, [The Socrates Express] packs an extraordinary amount into 287 pages of text…It is entirely possible to read this book just for pleasure, but it is so much more…. Each chapter is like a chocolate truffle — tasty and dense…Space them out and savor the ideas to see which ones suit you.”The Washington Post

A “Best Book of 2020”: “A smart, funny, engaging book full of valuable lessons, The Socrates Express defies classification. Yes, it is a book about philosophy, but it’s also a book about being human, travelling, learning and — sometimes — coffee…”–NPR

Finalist for The Next Big Idea Club’s fall season. The list of “the [six] most exciting books of the season,” is curated by Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Susan Cain and Dan Pink. Says Grant: “With signature clarity and humor, [Eric Weiner] picks up where The Good Place left off. In a rare philosophy book that’s a delight to read, he illuminates what deep thinkers through history have known about a life well lived.”

“Philosophy has sometimes been referred to as the “P word.” Isn’t it dull and boring? Doesn’t it deaden, rather than enliven, the mind? It certainly doesn’t do that in Eric Weiner’s hands.”
Amazon Editors, Best of September pick

A “Best Travel Book of 2020”: “funny, accessible and compelling… The Socrates Express is in many regards an opportunity to ponder and to grow.”–TravelPulse

“Delightful… There are so many reasons to love this book…[It] will take you places intellectually and humorously.”–San Francisco Book Review

Eric Weiner


Greetings. I’m an author, speaker and former correspondent for NPR, but I prefer to think of myself as a philosophical traveler. My interest—my obsession, really—is the intersection of places and ideas. It is at this intersection, I believe, where the most fascinating aspects of life unfold, be it our search for happiness, wisdom or creative expression.

So, in this spirit, I invite you to explore. You can read about my books, including my latest, The Socrates Express: In Search of Life Lessons from Dead Philosophers. You can also sample my other writing and see a calendar of my upcoming appearances, as well as my writing workshops  I hope you find the journey inspiring.

Other Books by Eric

The Geography of Genius
Man Seeks God
The Geography of Bliss