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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 1/12/2011
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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Renowned scientists Christakis and Fowler present compelling evidence for our profound influence on one another's tastes, health, wealth, happiness, beliefs, even weight, as they explain how social networks form and how they operate.

"A God's eye view of social relationships that may make you dizzy. Every business leader, teacher, and parent should see their life from this vantage." -Chip Heath, coauthor Made to Stick

"A lively, well written account of social networks and their power to shape our lives. The world becomes smaller and more meaningful after reading this engaging book." -Sudhir Venkatesh, author of Gang Leader for a Day

"The possibility that we all participate in one mind challenges religion, philosophy, and the meaning of life itself." -San Francisco Chronicle Deepak Chopra

"In a category of works of brilliant originality that can stimulate and enlighten and can sometimes even change the way we understand the world." -The New York Times

"A clever, cogent, and enjoyable look at the latest thinking about humans in community. It provides a swath of important research in one place for readers and makes it a stimulating read."-Michael Fitzgerald, Boston Globe

"An intellectual but accessible approach. The authors make a persuasive case for the power of social networks to affect everything and everyone." -Business Week

Author Biography

Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, PhD, is a professor at Harvard University with joint appointments in the Departments of Health Care Policy, Sociology, and Medicine, and in 2009 was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world. James H. Fowler, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of California, San Diego, in the Department of Political Science and The Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems, and was named one of the "most inspiring scientists" by the San Diego Science Festival. Christakis and Fowler's research has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, Today, and The Colbert Report, and on the front pages of the New York Times, Washington Post, -Šand USA Today.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
In the Thick of Itp. 3
When You Smile, the World Smiles with Youp. 33
Love the One You're Withp. 61
This Hurts Me As Much As It Hurts Youp. 95
The Buck Starts Herep. 135
Politically Connectedp. 172
It's in Our Naturep. 210
Hyperconnectedp. 253
The Whole Is Greatp. 287
Acknowledgmentsp. 307
Notesp. 311
Illustration Creditsp. 327
Indexp. 329
Reading Group Guidep. 339
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Great book June 12, 2011
In this insightful and thought-provoking book, the authors explore our social networks and their powerful shaping role in our daily lives. Connected is such a textbook. To give you an idea I usually put little flags on pages with information I think is significant and want to remember. It certainly opened my eyes to the significance of having a good social network; but beware; you need to be on your best behavior from now on. Your actions affect a lot more people than you ever dreamed possible. If you are looking for a well-researched and accessible textbook on social networks, this is probably the best one that has been on the market thus far.
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