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Douglas Fairbanks (1883–1939) was a very successful actor, director, screenwriter, and author. He is best known for his early social comedies and popular swashbucklers, such as The Mark of Zorro and The Iron Mask.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Library (July 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1112156887
  • ISBN-13: 978-1112156885
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Underwood on April 20, 2004
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This is truly the most worthwhile book I've ever read, and anyone who thinks more deeply about things or who has had to struggle in life to overcome obstacles will understand what I mean. And anyone who fully understands what Dr Phil is all about will also appreciate this book.
Get to know yourself - then change your weak or problem areas and become a positive, self-confident and self-reliant individual! That's the message Douglas Fairbanks was giving to everyone nearly a century before Dr Phil and other counsellors began saying the same thing only in more cliched and psychological terminology. This book, in contrast to self-analysis books, gets right to the point in plain language that you will immediately understand if you've ever done any soul-searching yourself. I personally have had to do so due to a congenital heart problem and various other trials and tribulations in my life, and I came to exactly the same conclusions as Fairbanks did, and I fully agree with his opening words that everyone can CHOOSE to be happy, regardless of their circumstances.
The language of this book is pleasant and easy to read, but also hard-hitting to get the most important points across. I didn't find anything humorous in it, as another reviewer stated, but rather felt it was all most serious and written sincerely from the heart. In turn, I took it all to heart as well and found more strength and inspiration to continue my own pursuit of happiness.
One slight downside to the book is that it feels more like a photocopy than a re-print, especially seeing the dozen or so photos (some from Fairbanks's early films, others private) throughout the book which are very unclear. However, I'm giving it the full 5 stars because it's the words and message in the book that count here!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sparrow Morgan on October 22, 2003
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Absolutely fabulous! This book really is a lot of fun for anyone who appreciates Doug Fairbanks, or just wants a nicer view on life for a change. It's totally cliche, yet completely honest, and at times you really will laught outloud reading it... which I think Fairbanks would have appreciated.
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By d fairbanks-weston on August 24, 2013
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All very good but was very annoyed as the original write up did not say there was a full page torn across the middle and missing ie only half the page there and a second page also torn across the middle ... This should have been mentioned as it is an incomplete book. So very disappointed indeed about that considering the cost. But a lovely rate book that I have been after for a while.
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By Cierra Shore on May 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I read "Laugh and Live" by Douglas Fairbanks [Sr.], and thoroughly enjoyed it. I did not buy the book, but inherited it from my grandparents. Although this book was published in 1917, it reads almost as if it were published in a common magazine today! The author is inspiring, lending his enthusiasm to the reader, and is full of sound advice. Great book!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ksgarrett on October 31, 2012
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This work, which predates Napolean Hill's 1937 classic "Think and Grow Rich" by 20 years, discusses how to use the Law of Attraction successfully in your life, although it uses different words and phrasing to convey the same. Phrased in his inimitable style, Douglas Fairbanks Sr demonstrates concepts and ideas which are nearly identical to not only Napolean Hill's basic teachings but also those of Louise Hay, Abraham-Hicks and countless other LOA masters. After reading this book, it's not a stretch to suggest that Douglas Fairbanks Sr paved the way for Napolean Hill to write "Think and Grow Rich" and thus is one of the intellectual ancestor of the Law Of Attraction modern teachers.
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