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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (June 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060532564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060532567
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The rebellious, high-octane spokesman for the "biker lifestyle without boundaries," Barger now rides his customized Harley in Arizona, seeking "the Zen of the highway." The iconoclastic author of the memoir Hell's Angels and the novel Dead in 5 Heartbeats now offers a useful guide to maintaining personal freedoms and self-respect on streets mean and otherwise. As might be expected, Miss Manners and Dale Carnegie are left in the dust (with precepts such as "screw fightin' fair") as the fiercely independent Barger rolls out his practical, mostly straight-arrow advice, beginning with a warning: "When you break new earth, you'll instantly be considered an outsider." His experiences in the military, prison and on the road have not only shaped Barger's personal philosophy, they serve as his primary metaphors, e.g., "Life is one long boot camp and only extreme and strenuous life experience can turn you into the complete soldier." In addition to tips on confronting bullies, Barger covers everything from survival skills and self-reliance to teamwork and trust ("My friends are my family"). While many of Barger's 50 precepts are standard self-help fare, rudderless teens needing lessons in confidence, courage, honesty and individuality may find Barger more of a kindred spirit than, say, the Chicken Soup purveyors
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After a couple of memoirs, a novel, and an anecdote collection, Barger presents words to live by, aimed at chopper pilots but actually for everyone. The wisdom arises from Barger's colorful past as a kingpin in the Oakland, California, and national Hell's Angels. Some of it is obvious. "If you're gonna ride, wear leather," for instance, is, as well as damn fine fashion advice, solid counsel for hurling oneself down the highway on a two-wheeled motor vehicle. "Screw fightin' fair" is a little more esoteric, but "Do you fight fair or do you fight to win?" Barger asks before recalling the time when "a group decided to invade our gathering with weapons, clubs, knives, and baseball bats" (this was at a book signing, not a catalogers' meeting about replacing AACR2). As to management theory and practice, "Only one person can ride a motorcycle," Barger intones, which correlates to his bottom line on life: take control of it. And if you're "gonna take a beating[,] . . . fight back." The icon hath spoken. Mike Tribby
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Victor Preacher Shurtz on June 4, 2008
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I would recommend this book to any father that wants to teach his son or his daughter fifty standards to live by. This book give us fifty princilals that should be taught to our young. Sonny gives us hints on everything from how to deal with Bullies, to how to handle yourself if someone wants your woman. He talks about our political situation, he talks about helmet laws and he also talks about drugs, alcohol and smoking. It doesn't matter if you live in the motorcycle community or if your just another citizen, this book will help you teach your teens a code of honor we all should live by.
Great job Sonny
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Guild TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
On February,2007,I submitted a review on "Hell's Angles" by Sonny Barger; where he writes all about his life as the leader of The Hell's Angles.
In this book, Barger reveals the ideals and character that enabled him to remain at the top of a lifestyle that is as tough as any imaginable.
While few would want to emulate the life Barger chose to live,the principles that he followed are no different than those followed by others that attain and hold onto the heights that others have followed;regardless of the "career" they have chosen.
It is hard to believe, that the very same principles Sonny Barger discusses,are essentially the same found in books,seminars or whatever;of the leading motivational gurus.
Barger is a very coherent communicator and when he explains these principles through the eyes and life of a Biker;there is no doubt left as to what he is saying.Berger shows that ;while the media portrays the world of the Hell's Angles as a world that prevails by muggings,fistfights,extreme loyalities,abuses of every kind,respect,strength,determination,etc.; being and maintaining leadership in a Motorcycle Gang ;differ from being a Corporate ,or any other,leader; in details..not principles.
The book is presented as 50 Principles,each different and distinct .
Here is just an indication of the principles Berger discusses;

"Treat Me Good,I'll Treat You Better.Treat Me Bad,I'll Treat You
Worse."

"An Organization Can't Be All Chiefs."

"Stay Alert In The Pack.What Happens To You Happens To The Rider
Behind You."

"If You Want To Travel Fast,Travel Light."

"Early Is On Time,On Time Is Late."

"Cut Down On Criminals By Cutting Down On Laws.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Toni Stafford on July 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I just got this book and love it. Sonny Barger has taken his years of hard living and forged a gem from it in wise words and lessons learned.
Although I don't share his opinion of law enforcement, since we do need them around, I do share his love of country, making family of friends when your own family isn't there and never has been, his ability to keep the faith with his club and friends and get it back in return.

As a fellow freedom lover, I like this book and wish a lot of folks would read it and take from it something to use in their own life. Make the best of this life and don't take any, well, you know what. Best to Sonny. If he writes any more books, I'm reading them. He's good at this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 1, 2011
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I had high hopes for this, based on the author's previous works.

I suppose this could be considered a self-help book, and many may find it useful for this. You certainly can't discount the author's unique life and life experiences. While most would not call Sonny Barger's life enviable, I'm personally awestruck by the sheer scope of it.

Many people will probably pick up this author's works because they want to see what makes a "bad boy" tick, or just to see how insane or uneducated the former head of a notorious motorcycle club can be. Kind of a "talking dog" effect. However, Sonny Barger comes off as intelligent, literate, and for the most part is well spoken and fluid. His phrasing has an economy of words, and gets to the heart of what's trying to be conveyed without excess blather. Many authors could take a lesson here.

My disappointment with this is that for the most part it's riddled with cliches that sound great on the surface, but that divide most life situations into black and white, while actual life is not so "cut n' dried", at least in my opinion. Perhaps I just lack the guts to make such drastic decisions, but I don't find life quite as simple as the book would have you believe. However, Mr. Barger is certainly a survivor, and his words are to be respected, though probably not to be followed verbatim.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mrs1700 on January 19, 2011
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I bought this book not really knowing what to expect, I just got my first bike and had heard good things from a friend. Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down and read it cover to cover in one sitting. You don't hove to be a bike guy to enjoy this book. Would recommend to anyone.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Miley on July 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Whether one approves of Barger's past history and eternal affiliations, it would be hard to say that the content in this book is not useful towards life's many situations. Barger has culled his morals and ethics into a book that puts the lowdown on personal conduct in a concise and logical manner. Yes, he's an ex-con and a founder of the Hell's Angels, but don't discount the concise nuggets of wisdom that he has to offer.
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