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Man's Search for Meaning, Gift Edition
     

Man's Search for Meaning, Gift Edition

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by Viktor E. Frankl, Harold S. Kushner (Foreword by), William J. Winslade (Afterword)
 

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A new gift edition of a modern classic, with supplemental photographs, speeches, letters, and essays
 
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir of life in Nazi death camps has riveted generations of readers. Based on Frankl’s own experience and the stories of his patients, the book argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can

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A new gift edition of a modern classic, with supplemental photographs, speeches, letters, and essays
 
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir of life in Nazi death camps has riveted generations of readers. Based on Frankl’s own experience and the stories of his patients, the book argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward. Man’s Search for Meaning has become one of the most influential books of our times, selling over twelve million copies worldwide. With a foreword by Harold S. Kushner, Frankl’s classic is presented here in an elegant new edition with endpapers, supplementary photographs, and several of Frankl’s previously unpublished letters, speeches, and essays.

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One of the ten most influential books in America. —Library of Congress/Book-of-the-Month Club "Survey of Lifetime Readers"

"Viktor Frankl's timeless formula for survival. One of the classic psychiatric texts of our time, Man's Search for Meaning is a meditation on the irreducible gift of one's own counsel in the face of great suffering, as well as a reminder of the responsibility each of us owes in valuing the community of our humanity. There are few wiser, kinder, or more comforting challenges than Frankl's." —Patricia J. Williams, author of Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race

"Dr. Frankl's words have a profoundly honest ring, for they rest on experiences too deep for deception… A gem of a dramatic narrative, focused upon the deepest of human problems." —Gordon W. Allport, from the Preface

"An enduring work of survival literature." —The New York Times

"[Man's Search for Meaning] might well be prescribed for everyone who would understand our time." —Journal of Individual Psychology

"An inspiring document of an amazing man who was able to garner some good from an experience so abysmally bad… Highly recommended." —Library Journal

"One of the great books of our time." —Harold S. Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

"One of the outstanding contributions to psychological thought in the last fifty years." —Carl R. Rogers (1959)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807060100
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Publication date:
10/28/2014
Edition description:
Gift
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
28,873
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.70(d)

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Patrick J. Williams
Viktor Frankl's timeless formula for survival. One of the classic psychiatric texts of our time, Man's Search for Meaning is a meditation on the irreducible gift of one's own counsel in the face of great suffering, as well as a reminder of the responsibility each of us owes in valuing the community of our humanity. There are few wiser, kinder, or more comforting challenges than Frankl's.
— Patricia J. Williams, author of Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race

Meet the Author

Born in Vienna in 1905, Viktor E. Frankl earned an MD and a PhD from the University of Vienna. He published more than thirty books on theoretical and clinical psychology and served as a visiting professor and lecturer at Harvard, Stanford, and elsewhere. Frankl died in 1997.

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Man's Search for Meaning: Gift Edition 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are some books that tell you what to eat, how to think, and how to live. All in all, they are a dime a dozen. But this book is different. It doesn't preach, it doesn't cajole, instead it teaches. And what it teaches is why it has sold millions of copies worldwide: it teaches you the meaning of life. Now, that sounds like a grand thing doesn't it? But it is true never the less. I read this book during my days at college and found something far greater than a good read. I found purpose and meaning in the trials of life. There is a reason for our suffering, but suffering is not all there is, for there is also true meaning in life. That meaning is something different for each person. While some would scoff at this concept, they miss the bigger picture: each individual is unique and this is why there is no universal meaning for all. If you are searching for tales of the death camps in living color, you will not find them here. There are enough books about the horrors of man's inhumanity to his fellow man. But if you are searching for personal significance, this book is for you. Frankl once asked if anyone could tell him the purpose of his own life. He was told that his purpose was to help others find theirs, and he smiled. I cannot recommend this book strongly enough.
BryantBA More than 1 year ago
This book took place during the time of the concentration camps. This book did not have the intention of being a historical account of what happened in the camps. Frankl was the main character of his book; these are his real personal stories and experiences that he had being in the concentration camps for three years. It was not written so that people could get an idea of what the camps were like, or to see how bad it really was for the people that were in the camps. Frankl splits his book into two different sections. The first half of the book really focuses on how the experiences in the concentration camp affected the mind of the average prisoner. The second half of this book really focuses on the therapeutic philosophy of Frankl. I really enjoyed this book for many reasons. I think this book is a great book to read because it is different than all other books written about the concentration camps. This book explained a lot of great experiences, and it really allows us to see the human ability to survive against all odds. I enjoyed this book because it does not just focus on the physical abuse that was taken in these camps, but it also focuses on the mental abuse as well. This book did a good job at really explaining the experiences in a way that everyone can somewhat understand. This book should be read by everyone. It helps open the mind to a new way of thinking. I feel that today most people feel that if something bad happens to them it is a punishment for something wrong they did. I like how this book suggests that bad things happen, but we can still take good away from those bad things. We learn from this book that we can take away meaning from the suffering. I think that Frankl did a great job at explaining his philosophies and I agree with what he taught. I think that we all can introduce this into our lives. It was really easy to connect to this book for many reasons. Not only because of the sad stories he shared, but because we learn that suffering is just another way to learn. We all suffer in one way or another, so that is something that we can all understand.
Cbanderson523 7 hours ago
Who among us isn’t seeking meaning in life? Viktor Frankl was a psychologist who guides us in this effort. His work as a psychologist, experiences as a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp for three years, and praise-worthy abilities as a thinker and writer will set a reader well on his or her way to meaning. He help us understand how our satisfaction in life can be achieved through choice – regardless of our circumstances – as we identify the proper motivations in our life. He quotes Friedrich Nietzshe often: “He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how.” The experiences he shares from his patients finding meaning are incredibly easy to relate to, and his own insights from the concentration camp are powerful. His writing is educated and captivating while also simple and easy to understand; it is an easy read! This truly is one of the great books of our time, and I believe that anyone searching for meaning can find it through Man’s Search for Meaning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is as meaningful today as it was when it was written. By studying the lives of other human beings, we learn more about ourselves.