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Freedom: Credos from the Road Hardcover – June 14, 2005
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Great job Sonny
In this book, Barger reveals the ideals and character that enabled him to remain at the top of a lifestyle that is as tough as any imaginable.
While few would want to emulate the life Barger chose to live,the principles that he followed are no different than those followed by others that attain and hold onto the heights that others have followed;regardless of the "career" they have chosen.
It is hard to believe, that the very same principles Sonny Barger discusses,are essentially the same found in books,seminars or whatever;of the leading motivational gurus.
Barger is a very coherent communicator and when he explains these principles through the eyes and life of a Biker;there is no doubt left as to what he is saying.Berger shows that ;while the media portrays the world of the Hell's Angles as a world that prevails by muggings,fistfights,extreme loyalities,abuses of every kind,respect,strength,determination,etc.; being and maintaining leadership in a Motorcycle Gang ;differ from being a Corporate ,or any other,leader; in details..not principles.
The book is presented as 50 Principles,each different and distinct .
Here is just an indication of the principles Berger discusses;
"Treat Me Good,I'll Treat You Better.Treat Me Bad,I'll Treat You
"An Organization Can't Be All Chiefs."
"Stay Alert In The Pack.What Happens To You Happens To The Rider
"If You Want To Travel Fast,Travel Light."
"Early Is On Time,On Time Is Late."
"Cut Down On Criminals By Cutting Down On Laws.Read more ›
I suppose this could be considered a self-help book, and many may find it useful for this. You certainly can't discount the author's unique life and life experiences. While most would not call Sonny Barger's life enviable, I'm personally awestruck by the sheer scope of it.
Many people will probably pick up this author's works because they want to see what makes a "bad boy" tick, or just to see how insane or uneducated the former head of a notorious motorcycle club can be. Kind of a "talking dog" effect. However, Sonny Barger comes off as intelligent, literate, and for the most part is well spoken and fluid. His phrasing has an economy of words, and gets to the heart of what's trying to be conveyed without excess blather. Many authors could take a lesson here.
My disappointment with this is that for the most part it's riddled with cliches that sound great on the surface, but that divide most life situations into black and white, while actual life is not so "cut n' dried", at least in my opinion. Perhaps I just lack the guts to make such drastic decisions, but I don't find life quite as simple as the book would have you believe. However, Mr. Barger is certainly a survivor, and his words are to be respected, though probably not to be followed verbatim.
Although I don't share his opinion of law enforcement, since we do need them around, I do share his love of country, making family of friends when your own family isn't there and never has been, his ability to keep the faith with his club and friends and get it back in return.
As a fellow freedom lover, I like this book and wish a lot of folks would read it and take from it something to use in their own life. Make the best of this life and don't take any, well, you know what. Best to Sonny. If he writes any more books, I'm reading them. He's good at this.
The only answer I can see to this is to ask another question. "Are HUMANS criminals?"
Both questions can be answered in the same way. Sonny Barger is a convicted felon. According to Henry Silverglate's book "Three Felonies a Day," virtually every professional in this country is an UNCHARGED and UNCONVICTED felon. I personally know a man who was sent to a Federal minimum security prison for 18 months for conducting his business with the government in a way that saved taxpayers a consideral amount of money and made him nothing, so to call someone a "felon" means very little to me.
"Freedom" is not a work of protest, nor is it in any way revolutionary.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very basic stuff, Sonny has been around & has seen a lot but this is really for a young inexperienced reader & not a person who has seen some life. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ken Legg
Starts off pretty good but could have been about 10 chapters shorter. I've been riding and hanging out with the same type of people Sonny has for over 25 years and he's right about... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read Freedom in about two days. It doesn't read like a traditional book. It feels more like you're sitting at a bar, having a beer and talking about life and bikes. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Hak Wise
Great information on smart ways to get through the life, written by a very experienced person.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer