- Hardcover: 387 pages
- Publisher: Liamworks (March 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0965603679
- ISBN-13: 978-0965603676
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #717,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World: A Handbook for Personal Liberty
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The first thing that struck me about the book was the beautifully clear and simple prose. I don't know whether Browne or an editor should get the credit, but the book seems to follow many of Strunk and White's suggestions for strong, lucid writing. Browne avoids needless and overly sophisticated words. He uses short sentences and paragraphs. The writing style makes the book very easy to read. You never have to figure out what Harry Browne is saying; rather, his ideas seem to jump right off each page at you.
Anyone who writes about self-improvement or personal growth must make assumptions about human nature, and I think his assumptions are correct. Harry Browne makes his assumptions about human nature explicit in the very beginning of his book. He assumes that people believe that every conscious choice we make will help us attain happiness or avoid unhappiness. So why aren't we all exquisitely happy all the time?
The main reason is that, although we choose to act in ways that we believe will make us happy, our beliefs can be wrong. The first of the three major sections of this book covers fourteen traps, which are common but false beliefs about what we need to do to be happy. Many of the traps are so taken-for-granted that they appear to be truisms.Read more ›
Many people have a vested interest in keeping the status quo, especially those people we sometimes refer to as "takers". Mr. Browne points out that we are in no way obligated to support anyones addiction, neurosis, or world view, except our our own.
I found this book refreshing, informative, and relevent to my life. I strongly reccomend it to anyone who needs a little freedom in their life.
BUY THIS BOOK. Except for Libertarians, freedom is a concept largely ingored these days, most likely because freedom involves responsibility--for yourself--what a concept! READ THIS BOOK. Browne doesn't let anybody off the hook. GIVE THIS BOOK AWAY. Then people won't wonder how you can be so self assured and still be a nice person. You'll be an enigma! And there aren't nearly enough of us enigmas out here....
"Whatever your social standards, the best place to find like minded people is the same place where you would most like to be. If you crave companionship that's more intellectual, you might try courses in the subjects that have always interested you. And since you could run into potential friends almost anywhere, it's important to display your standards openly and honestly wherever you are. Only then can others recognize you as a kindred soul.
For if you wear a socially acceptable mask, those whom you seek will walk right by you. And those whom you attract with the mask will only add to the pressure that you be something other than yourself.
If you make your actions and words consistent with who you are and what you admire, you'll know which people are compatible- just by their reactions to you. Those who disapprove will seek someone different to be with, and those who have standards similar to your will react favorably toward you. In effect, you let others tell you about themselves through their reactions to what you are.
So it's important to reveal yourself as you really are. If you're ambitious and show it, people who appreciate ambition are more likely to notice you. If you are careful to respect the property and lives of others and clearly you want the same treatment in return, you're less likely to wind up with thieving or freeloading friends.Read more ›
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This book has helped me to not feel guilty about doing things for myself and my future. That alone has helped me to gain a measure of freedom that I have not experienced before. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jazzykitty
This is one of the best books I've ever read. I read it originally many years ago and it helped to formulate a lot of the philosophy I have that has served me very well. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Terry L., Brock
This vital book needs to be reprinted at a normal cost!!!
I was proud to vote for Harry for President (Libertarian) in 2000!!!!
In 1973, at the then-tender age of 25, I came across this book, "How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World." Two things happened that had never happened before ... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dan Johnson
Classic work about Libertarian philosophy from a prior Libertarian candidate for President. Harry writes in a clear style and he will make you think about your basic assumptions... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Robert L. Clasen
Read it first in 1979, still as relevant today as it was then. If you like this, you might like Robert Ringer's "Looking Out for Number One".Published 6 months ago by JC
Harry Browne is the BEST. And this book has been a game changer for so many people who are trying to squeeze a little more freedom out of their lives. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Brad Newman