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The Socrates Express


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 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

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

“[Weiner’s] book offers an appealing way to cope with the din of modern life and look at the world with attentive eyes and ears.” —Publishers Weekly

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