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It provides life advice through essays in abstract ethical principles, psychology, mythology, religion, and personal anecdotes. The book topped bestseller lists in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, and has sold over three million copies worldwide. Peterson went on a world tour to promote the book, notably receiving much attention following an interview with Channel 4 News. The book is written in a more accessible style than his previous academic book, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief Peterson's interest in writing the book grew out of a personal hobby of answering questions posted on Quora ; one such question being "What are the most valuable things everyone should know? It's a warning to me. The book is divided into chapters with each title representing one of the following twelve specific rules for life as explained through an essay.