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Editorial Reviews


“Eminently sensible and practical.”
The New York Times Book Review
“A simple and usable technique of living…All I want to do is to buttonhole each and every one of my friends and say, ‘You must read Wake up and Live!’”
– Jean Starr Untermeyer
“Fascinating and exactly the spring tonic that most of us need.”
Chicago Tribune
“She made her own test with sincerity and faith, and her entire life was changed to one of overwhelming success.”
– Earl Nightingale, The Strangest Secret

About the Author

American author, lecturer and magazine editor, Dorothea Brande, was the youngest of five children born to Frederick S. and Alice P. Thompson of Chicago, Illinois. Alice Dorothea Alden Thompson was born in Englewood, a Chicago community, on 12 January, 1892. Both of her parents were originally from Maine and had previously lived in Delaware where her three oldest siblings were born. Her father was employed as a manager at local business in the Chicago area. Brande attended the Universities of Michigan and Chicago, earning her Phi Beta Kappa key at the former. She went on to work as a newspaper reporter in Chicago and later as circulation manager for American Mercury magazine during the time of H.L. Mencken and George Jean Nathan. In the 1930s she became an associate editor of Bookman magazine and later its successor (1934), the American Review. In the years to come Brande would also operate a nationwide correspondence school for aspiring writers and tour on the lecture circuit. In 1916 she married fellow Chicago newspaper reporter Herbert Brande (abt. 1890-?). Herbert would later gain some notoriety as an editorial writer. Their marriage ended in divorce sometime before 1930. In 1936 she married Seward B. Collins (1899-1952), who at the time was American Review's editor. Her inspirational book, "Wake Up and Live" (1936) was written during the Great Depression and was a best seller and her most successful book. She was also the author of "Becoming a Writer" (1934), "Most Beautiful Lady" (1935), "Letters to Philippa"(1937), "My Invincible Aunt" (1938) and others.

Product Details

  • File Size: 495 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0399165118
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: MMI Press (January 31, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 31, 2014
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I63XQTA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #671,099 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I like "Wake Up and Live" because it has a solid base for living life the way you want WITHOUT stress and undue tribulations caused by everyday strains. I think that this book is the best self-help book I have ever read. It is written in easy to understand language and it REALLY WORKS!!
I ran across "Wake-up and Live" about 30 years ago. I keep my copy close by. When I am having a difficult time with an issue I can always find a solid answer in it.
This book gives you simple, down to earth answers to why you react the way you do to everyday situations. If you want to change how you are reacting to a situation, then this is the book to get to do just that. It will give you new insights into yourself and make you accountable for every step of your life. It is a life changing, sensable book you can keep with you all the time. It helps you wether your are just getting started on improving your life or already have already started with whatever program you are doing. It will enhance your life and make it very ENJOYABLE. So, "Wake Up and Live" your life to its fullest because "Wake UP and Live" will see to it that you do just that.
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By A Customer on January 5, 2003
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If you've poured over the various self help books out there, ground to them and even followed their advice, yet ended up in the same place that you were before, then you might find this little jewel an enlightened piece that, well, actually WORKS! So strange that this great work has been lost in the shuffle of time, and is no longer in print. The advice is rock solid and immediately applicable. I've read it several times when my life gets off track, and every time it gets me back on track. Worth every penny.
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I cannot say enough about the transformational content of this book. Simply written, it calls us as individuals to face profoundly the reality we have chosen to espouse in our lives. Dorothea Brande inspires you to question who you are and where you are truly going, and why you were put on this earth to begin with. This book, a classic for good reason, and hard to come by, is a must read for anyone who wishes to glimpse and eventually reach their true and full potential. This is not rocket science but the material presented is just the kick in the butt most of us can benefit from in facing those things which are keeping us from our goals and dreams. It greatly helps that this book was written in a time when people still understood and appreciated tradition, protocol, and standards of behavior - expecting such behavior from themselves and others. It serves today as a "wake up" call to return to the basics of just LIVING! - instead of trying to please everyone around us (to be seen as "cool") or finding excuses for why we are the way we are and simply settling. This is a short easy read with the maximum amount of impact; a book that can be consulted over and over again in years to come. Thank you to the author for writing this book (she wrote it out of frustration in her own life in her late 30's! so there is time for all of us who wish to change and "Wake Up and Live").
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Very insightful book with the power to give people a somewhat jolting wake-up call about our habits and patterns (conscious and unconscious) of procrastinating and wasting our lives kidding ourselves (and others) into believing we are being more productive than we actually are. The author points out that what we define as the "will to succeed" more often than not is, incredulously, in truth a "will to fail."

By taking an honest look at our actions (and non-action or substitute activities such as ongoing preparedness), as well as our own history of goal-reaching success, we can see that most people approach their goals in a manner that guarantees failure. She gives many fascinating examples in which you may recognize yourself and your friends/family/co-workers. She suggests, "...instead of trying to start, or swearing that you will start, or deceiving yourself into thinking that you are going to start tomorrow or the day after - beset by all the usual doubts of your own performance and memories of past pain ... refuse to contemplate the possibility of failure."

I can't really explain it, but despite its old-school style writing and its imperfect grammar and punctuation, this book motivated and empowered me to tackle and complete a huge project in just 4 days that for the past 20 years has proved too overwhelming for me to ever complete (going through stacks of paperwork piles until each and every piece of paper in my home was either filed, shredded or thrown away).
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Format: Kindle Edition
I've read hundreds of books on spiritual, self-help and inspirational topics. By far, this is one of the most common sense books that touches on all three genres.

Taking a reversed approach on how most people try to fail rather than trying to succeed, the author shows the reader how often this occurs in our every day situations.

The final chapter nicely ties all previous chapters together with common sense steps one can take to become fully passionate, accountable and alive!

This book is an easy (and quick) read. It can be done in one sitting.
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