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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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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 (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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You can learn from anyone. Sonny may be controversial? But his words on Leadership and membership in a group? And his views on surviving and prospering in life? All make good sence. I feel a lot of young "ENTITLED" people should read this book and see his truth and wisdom that hard work, self dicipline, and true LOYALTY are the keys to success. Also.... We are entitled to nothing that we do not WORK hard for in life. And... True Loyalty pays off and has merit and honor. If you satnd up for nothing? Nothing is what you stand for.
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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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When I was a kid, living in the midwest in the late 60s, our parents were terrified of Sonny Barger and his Hells Angels (despite what many writers believe, there is NO apostrophe in "Hells") and we, for the most part, were too. Sure, we admired the media's depiction of these then-modern day cowboys, but our uneasiness about them was often masked because we were insulated these dangerous looking men and their loud motorcycles by a quite comfortable two thousand miles. It took (and is still taking) a long time for the public to truly understand what inspired these "groups of motorcycle enthusiasts," the brotherhood and trust that is so often missing from men's lives in this period of history. This situation is both helped and hindered by a media still fascinated by the MC world, shows like "Sons of Anarchy," in which Mr. Barger plays a semi-recurring role as one of the "First 9," or founders of the fictional club, and the Discovery Channel show "Gangland" do little to provide an answer to the question "Are MC members criminals?"

The only answer I can see to this is to ask another question. "Are HUMANS criminals?"

Both questions can be answered in the same way. Sonny Barger is a convicted felon. According to Henry Silverglate's book "Three Felonies a Day," virtually every professional in this country is an UNCHARGED and UNCONVICTED felon. I personally know a man who was sent to a Federal minimum security prison for 18 months for conducting his business with the government in a way that saved taxpayers a consideral amount of money and made him nothing, so to call someone a "felon" means very little to me.

"Freedom" is not a work of protest, nor is it in any way revolutionary.
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