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Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.

At the time of Frankl's death in 1997, Man's Search for Meaning had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey for the Library of Congress that asked readers to name a "book that made a difference in your life" found Man's Search for Meaning among the ten most influential books in America. 

Beacon Press, the original English-language publisher of Man's Search for Meaning, is issuing this new paperback edition with a new Foreword, biographical Afterword, jacket, price, and classroom materials to reach new generations of readers.

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Man's Search for Meaning
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4.6 / 5
May 19th, 2015
Who knew that a book that addresses such darkness (life in the concentration camps, depression, illness and death) could leave a reader feeling so uplifted, inspired and hopeful about the future. This book will be one that I return to again and again.
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A story and an analysis all wrapped into one.
October 31st, 2014
I enjoyed the first part of the book. It was a great story of strength, perseverance and the acceptance of fate of a doctor who was a prisoner in Auschwitz. But in part II I wasn't as entranced. I wasn't expecting the book to be laid out this way. It was a psychological analysis of the meaning of life, using prisoner’s experiences in Auschwitz as the platform for his basis on how humans react to the extreme conditions such as the ones they had to overcome at the concentration camps in Germany. It was interesting, don’t get me wrong. I guess I was just looking for something else. I was more interested in the life story of Viktor E. Frankl than anything else.
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Mans Search for Meaning
April 27th, 2014
There is a time and a place for some books. If you find the time,this book will find its place.
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Inspiring and moving
December 16th, 2013
An amazing and inspiring story that I found to me truly motivating. I highly recommend it.
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October 10th, 2013
Frankl's insightful consideration of 'man's' disillusionment with self and his environment offers a way into being more than what he was told he is. With Buddhist overtones, Frankl recognises the transformative power of suffering. Further his argument that humans respond with responsibleness calls for a knowledge of self, and one's power to determine one's experience of life events. Ultimately we have the ability to respond to life. And that in and of itself is meaningful. A great book to share and discuss with adolescents and other young people. Older generations are likely to find value in its pages too. It's never too late to accept life's challenges as opportunities for transcendance!
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March 9th, 2013
A must read
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A very good read.
March 3rd, 2013
The language is a little difficult for someone who knows nothing about philosophy, but it is definitely a good read for everyone.
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Struggle to success
January 22nd, 2013
Great book. The human spirit is alive and well.
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