- 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 (163 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World: A Handbook for Personal Liberty
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Best Books of the Year So Far in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great reference book for when I feel trapped in some of life's situations. I read through this book and it always gets me thinking and remembering there is always something you can... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Manhammer
I'm not sure why this book gets so many positive reviews. It is full of common sense. The only reason I'm giving it 2 stars is that it reminds you that every choice in your life... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a book that everyone needs to read. As you might assume - the vast majority of your freedom is between your ears. GREAT book!Published 19 days ago by Patricia Donaldson
Truly an excellent book with a lot of corrective thinking. Most of this book is an illustration of how you are already trapped and it's really comprehensive. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrew
Great book. Written in the early 70s just when the Libertarian party was forming. The dust from the 60s had settled. Brown throws it all out there. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jack M.
I consistently recommend this book to anyone. It's the only book I recommend. Just a reading of the chapter titles convinces people to read it.Published 4 months ago by Phil G
Freed my guilt from a lot of the BS in life. I don't have to live up to my parents expectations of who they wanted me to be. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shoed
This is an excellent book. I did NOT implement of all of the ideas in it because I am not willing to pay the price those changes in my life would cost. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer