Connected by Nicholas A. Christakis
The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives

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Your colleague's husband's sister can make you fat, even if you don't know her. A happy neighbor has more impact on your happiness than a happy spouse. These startling revelations of how much we truly influence one another are revealed in the studies of Drs. Christakis and Fowler, which have repeatedly made front-page news nationwide.

In CONNECTED, the authors explain why emotions are contagious, how health behaviors spread, why the rich get richer, even how we find and choose our partners. Intriguing and entertaining, CONNECTED overturns the notion of the individual and provides a revolutionary paradigm-that social networks influence our ideas, emotions, health, relationships, behavior, politics, and much more. It will change the way we think about every aspect of our lives.



 

About Nicholas A. Christakis

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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, and USA Today.
 
Published September 9, 2009 by Little, Brown and Company. 352 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Science & Math, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Two scholars argue that our actions and emotions are affected not only by those close to us, but by people we may not even know.

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Publishers Weekly

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Harvard professor and health care policy specialist Christakis (Death Foretold: Prophecy and Prognosis in Medical Care) became interested in social connectivity when observing that the mortality rate

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Spirituality & Practice

A social network "like a group, is a collection of people, it includes something more: a specific set of connections between people in the group.

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The Atlantic

Connecting Libyan women not only to UN Women but also to many different collaborative networks that promote female entrepreneurship and leadership will help, as will identifying young entrepreneurs across Libya and connecting them to similar young business networks.

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Ben Casnocha

The overwhelming majority of American diplomats' work around the world has little to do with advancing American self-interest and could better be described as charity work.

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