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"The ultimate guide to modern living... Ron Hogan updates a Chinese text that was probably written in the sixth century BC, putting its life lessons in his own wry voice The spare volume can work wonders on frazzled nerves." --Boston Globe

"While enlightenment is never simple or quick, Ron couldn't have made it any easier to get the damn message. It's The Old Farmer's Almanac meets Eastern philosophy--what's not to love?" ----Elizabeth Genco, MarketingGoddess.com

"In an increasingly `just the facts' world, Hogan's edgy interpretation of the Tao Te Ching marries the wisdom of the original teachings with a fresh new voice that resonates with those searching for timeless life lessons delivered in a language and tone that goes down easy. Powerful. Raw. Relevant. I'll be quoting from it for years to come." ----Jonathan Fields, author of Career Renegade

"Ron Hogan's paraphrase of the Tao Te Ching captures the spirit of the Chinese classic as pragmatic advice in a modern American vernacular." ----Widdershins

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This is not your parents' Tao. Getting Right with Tao is a self-help book for skeptics, a spiritual guide for the tragically hip. Hogan strips the text down to its core, delivering a pragmatic, raw interpretation punctuated with dry wit.

"The true power of the Tao Te Ching," Hogan says, "isn't the poetic language but the practical wisdom--Lao Tzu's guidelines for how to live an authentic life, one day at a time. That's what I aimed for."

More than 100,000 readers downloaded the first version of the book since Hogan posted it online in early 2004, but people always wanted to know: Would there ever be a print version? Finally, after learning about the launch of Channel V Books, Hogan decided to take the plunge, taking advantage of the company's flexibility and speed, which let him revise, write a new foreword and afterword, and still produce a finished book in 10 weeks. The result is an elegant, concise book that reexamines the big questions: What does it mean to be alive? What do you want out of life? With a unique voice and incisive style, Hogan gets right to what matters.

Getting Right with Tao includes an interactive component that adds even more value to the book: Hogan has tucked, in the Afterword, a link to a newsletter--exclusively for readers of Getting Right with Tao--that will tackle the questions the Tao raises, with a focus on personal and professional development. He explains, "I'm very excited about the newsletter that will be emerging. I'm still deeply engaged with the whole subject of personal motivation and achievement, and I look forward to getting into a conversation with readers as I continue to consider the questions that can change our lives."

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Channel V Books (February 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982473982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982473986
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,283,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ron Hogan helped create the literary Internet by launching Beatrice.com in 1995 and continues to publish the site today. He was the nonfiction and history editor for Amazon back in the late '90s; afterwards, he moved to New York and eventually became the senior editor at GalleyCat, a publishing industry news website. He was the first director of digital marketing at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and works today as a freelance consultant to large and small publishers on social media strategies for their authors.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Devon J. Stanko on May 5, 2010
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No, this is not the Tao Te Ching (or Daodejing for you hardcore enthusiasts). What it is, though, is Mr. Hogan's take on what the Tao Te Ching means.

Imagine Quentin Tarantino or the Beach Boys writing a version of the Tao Te Ching and you have Getting Right with Tao.

This is a modern interpretation, not a scholastic translation, and in a world full of translations from academics and poets Mr. Hogan's take makes greatly needed sense out of a timeless classic. Chinese is hard enough to understand...English translations shouldn't be hard to understand either.

For Mr. Hogan to go from the literal Chinese-to-English translation of the opening of the Tao Te Ching ("Tao can Tao not true Tao") to "If you can talk about it, it ain't Tao" shows his ability to transmit the SPIRIT of the Tao Te Ching, rather than the LETTER, to the reader; an ability unfortunately lost on the more academic authors on the subject.

As someone who printed Mr. Hogan's original PDF file and cut and bound a primitive and private copy of the original work years ago, I am very excited that Getting Right with Tao is finally out in official print. This book would make an excellent addition to any library.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Matt Timlin on April 29, 2011
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I can honestly say that I've read Ron Hogan's version of the Tao Te Ching at least a good dozen times, and that was before he even came out with the physical book.

I personally have read probably somewhere in the order of 8-10 different translations of the Tao Te Ching, and to be quite honest none of them speak to the wisdom of Taoist ideals as simply or clearly as "Getting Right with Tao" does. This book reminds us that there is no expiration date on good advice, and ancient wisdom is still applicable, sometimes it just needs some help being conveyed to the masses.

True this isn't a word for word translation from Chinese to English of the Tao Te Ching, but in my opinion it is a better kind of translation, it translates ancient wisdom into modern day wisdom.

For anybody who is remotely interested in learning about the wisdom Taoism has to offer I'd recommend reading this book. It has influenced me not only in my own path to learning about the Tao but has also been a huge inspiration for me in my writing on my own site about living Taoist ideals in modern day life.

In short I honestly can't recommend this book enough, if you're at all interested in Taoism, eastern philosophy, or just general wisdom then this is a book you can't miss.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ramon Thomas on July 17, 2010
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In the great tradition of Taoist sages like Lao Tzu, Chung Tzu and Lieh Tzu this work is filled with practical advice, and with humour. I read the PDF about 2 years ago and was mesmerised. This book puts a smile on my face every time you read a passage. Like a daily meditation it brings focus to the chaos in the world.
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