The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley

Written by:
Eric Weiner
Narrated by:
Eric Weiner

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2016
14 hours 10 minutes
Tag along on this New York Times bestselling “witty, entertaining romp” (The New York Times Book Review) as Eric Winer travels the world, from Athens to Silicon Valley—and back through history, too—to show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times.

In this “intellectual odyssey, traveler’s diary, and comic novel all rolled into one” (Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness), acclaimed travel writer Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas. A “superb travel guide: funny, knowledgeable, and self-deprecating” (The Washington Post), he explores the history of places like Vienna of 1900, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, Song Dynasty Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley to show how certain urban settings are conducive to ingenuity. With his trademark insightful humor, this “big-hearted humanist” (The Wall Street Journal) walks the same paths as the geniuses who flourished in these settings to see if the spirit of what inspired figures like Socrates, Michelangelo, and Leonardo remains. In these places, Weiner asks, “What was in the air, and can we bottle it?”

“Fun and thought provoking” (Miami Herald), The Geography of Genius reevaluates the importance of culture in nurturing creativity and “offers a practical map for how we can all become a bit more inventive” (Adam Grant, author of Originals).
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Sharon J

I can't stop thinking and talking about this book. It is incredibly informative and humorous! I am not easily educated....because I don't have an inquiring mind and find it hard to concentrate. Eric Weiner is a genius to get me to listen and learn. I highly recommend this book and will DEFINITELY be listening to it again with my husband on our next road trip.

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Adrian S.

Excellent book and the author did very well on his delivery, keeping it informative and humorous. I was recommended this book by a good friend and mentor. So happy I was introduced to it! Will listen to this audio book again.

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