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In a world where social media, online relationships, and relentless self-absorption threaten the very idea of deep and lasting friendships, the search for true friends is more important than ever. In this short book, which is one of the greatest ever written on the subject, the famous Roman politician and philosopher Cicero offers a compelling guide to finding, keeping, and appreciating friends. With wit and wisdom, Cicero teaches not only how to build friendships but also why they must be a key part of our lives. For, as Cicero says, life without friends is not worth living.

Filled with timeless advice and insights, Cicero's heartfelt and moving classic - written in 44 BC and originally titled De Amicitia - has inspired people for more than 2,000 years, from St. Augustine and Dante to Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. 

Presented here in a lively new translation and an inviting introduction, How to Be a Friend explores how to choose the right friends, how to avoid the pitfalls of friendship, and how to live with friends in good times and bad. Cicero also praises what he sees as the deepest kind of friendship - one in which two people find in each other "another self" or a kindred soul.

©2018 Philip Freeman (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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  • Aristobulus
  • 24-05-19

A timeless classic

It is easy to see why this short and practical guide to Friendship has survived the centuries. Good thoughts, good translation, good performance.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-05-19

Quick, easy and enduring

this book should be on every shelf and in every school. I highly recommend it

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  • Rhonda
  • 09-04-19

Good practicle advise

Very Old World names and dialogue send you back in time. The techniques are still true today though. Good read!

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  • Alicia B
  • 08-09-20

Shockingly relevant in 2020

I first read this almost 4 decades ago when I was in college. At that time I didn't have enough life experience to understand the lessons unlike today What stood out for me was the notion that only good/virtuous people can be true friends. I had not considered this until today but I think it is spot on. Enjoyed this enough that I am buying a copy for my adult daughter. A productive use of my time.