- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Liveright; Reissue edition (March 17, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0871401622
- ISBN-13: 978-0871401625
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 82 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Excellent. . . . Sane and forthright; should be read by every parent, teacher, minister, and Congressman in the land.”
- Atlantic Monthly
About the Author
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) was born in England and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. His long career established him as one of the most influential philosophers, mathematicians, and social reformers of the twentieth century.
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The goal, as the title mentions, is somewhat 'challenging'. I seriously doubt that anyone can conquer happiness by reading this book, but the intentions are noble.
This book is about life. Russell uses his analytic empiricism to discuss typically pop-psychological issues: Boredom, Excitement, Envy, Sin, Persecution, Public Opinion, Zest, etc. But his approach, dated back in time, is refreshingly new and helpful in the present. Indeed, Russell shows himself redolent in wisdom, the true aim of philosophy, and tackles issues that are at the core of what constitutes happiness and its opposites.
Because Russell appeals to his empirical views analytically arrived, there is a sense of wonderment and awe at such simple solutions to difficult problems in modern life. These solutions aren't dressed in pop-ism, but in a perennial philosophy that takes wisdom, not pop-up tapes of life, seriously.
The Atlantic Monthly claimed this book to be a "primer of self-regeneration . . . a most excellent book." This praise is not unwarranted, and given that commonsense is the center of the whole enterprise, its wisdom will endure not only when it was written in the 1920s, but today, and tomorrow.