The Profile of a Cultural Disorder
In the tradition of great “one idea” books, Jacob Burak’s Noise studies a phenomenon that affects each of us every day – ranging from the internal disturbances caused by the need to belong and the urge to achieve to the external sounds generated on the job or by the media. According to Burak, noise is not limited to external annoyances, such as street noise and modern technology that we all deal with on a constant basis. It also comprises the often unrecognized but powerful emotional forces that create anxiety and uncertainty in our lives, uniquely personal noises generated by the fear of being alone, of failing, or, ultimately, of dying.
The book is the story of how the author’s personal journey in search of a more balanced life uncovered a universal phenomenon with an impact that touches almost everyone. Readers will find the day-to-day life situations pictured throughout the book very familiar and easy to identify with.
JACOB BURAK is a businessman who became an author and social activist. In 1987 he established an investment company – Evergreen – a pioneer in Israeli Venture Capital. In 2005 he retired from the business world. Since then he has published five books, all of which have become bestsellers. Jacob is a Maltese and an Israeli citizen and has published several articles on The Times of Malta. ‘Noise’ is the third book he is publishing in Malta. The first book was published in 2017 under the title ‘One Day When I am Younger’, while the second one was entitled ‘Why Do Smart People Make Stupid Mistakes?’ published in 2018.