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Bertrand Russell's The Conquest of Happiness: A modern-day interpretation of a self-help classic (Infinite Success)
 
 

Bertrand Russell's The Conquest of Happiness: A modern-day interpretation of a self-help classic (Infinite Success) [Kindle Edition]

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Bertrand Russell's The Conquest of Happiness is a guide on living a happy life. Although it was of its time it was also ahead of its time. Russell believed that true happiness could only be achieved through thought and effort. A true self help classic before self help even existed. Our interpretation of The Conquest of Happiness illustrates the timeless nature of Russell’s insights by bringing them to life through over 50 modern case studies. This brilliant interpretation of The Conquest of Happiness is an entertaining accompaniment to one of the most famous books on popular philosophy ever written.

About the Author

Tim Phillips has been a freelance journalist since 1990, writing about business, technology, social change and innovation. He has written for the Wall Street Journal Europe, the International Herald Tribune, The Times, the Sunday Times, the Observer, the Independent and the Daily Express among others. For two years he was a technology and Internet columnist for the Guardian. Tim is also author of Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince (9781904902836) and Charles Mackay's Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (9781905940912).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 937 KB
  • Print Length: 113 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1906821275
  • Publisher: Infinite Ideas (16 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006MX75UW
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great small tribute to a great book. 27 May 2011
By Lark TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is a great small tribute to the excellent book by Bertrand Russell The Conquest of Happiness (Routledge Classics), my expectations were high because Russell's book is one of the best I have ever read and would be one I recommend. It is a very different book but a great companion volume.

There is a great introduction, contents and index, each chapter is about two small pages long with great headings, sub-headings and the defining idea summed up in a great quotation from, for instance Winne The Pooh or Groucho Marx, each chapter finishes with an endnote/post it with suggestions or reflections titled "Here's an idea for you...".

It is a small book and easy to read quickly or alternatively you could choose chapters to read or skip as you prefer, having read the book I have my own favourites that I reread and refer to again. "The Me Generation" is among my favourite chapters, which relates to Russell's critique of "inward-looking obsession". Philips recounts how Russell had described himself as having been born happy but in adolescence hating life and verging on suicide, restrained only by a desire to know more about mathematics. Russell emerged from this state by becoming "less preoccupied by himself". There's mention of unattainable body image and the "good melancholy booze-up", Philips states that Russell "understood the lure of getting pissed when you're pissed off, he also understood the danger of obliterating your unhappiness for a few hours rather than doing anything with it" quoting Russell that "Drunkenness is temporary suicide".

This is just a minor example of the style, the book really does flow well and is a fine example of a nice popular philosophical read which proves as uplifting as it is interesting. Ideas in aid of life and living without a doubt. Recommended to fans of Russell and the general reader alike. Great stuff.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Take a closer look before you download. 18 May 2012
By doublegone TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I have had a kindle for less than a week and already I have been caught out twice downloading books which are not the book I thought I was buying, but books ABOUT the book I thought I was buying. While the full description makes things clear, the front cover as displayed does not. I will be more careful in future, but I really wish people wouldn't do this.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good 12 Dec 2012
By Peej
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It's a précis of the actual book so not the full thing. It has made me curious to read the full thing, though.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Russell's text 4 Feb 2012
By Karla McNeese - Published on Amazon.com
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This is merely a commentary on Bertrand Russell's work, not an original Russell text. Be forewarned if you are looking for original material!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book! 17 Feb 2012
By Kevin J. Regier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
You can tell by the last couple of reviews that this is not the Russell text and it does not claim to be. If you read the description before you buy the book you would probably figure this out. Sorry to be so negative I am just very tired of all these kind of reviews on Amazon.
'nuff said.
5.0 out of 5 stars Try a Little Russell 13 April 2014
By Jack London - Published on Amazon.com
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Here's the empathetic Bertrand Russell trying to assuage people's misery, labouring as we all do under the weight of wholly obscene social relations wherein we have little save insecurity and pain. His weakness is that he fails to direct our attention to the source problem, namely the continued existence of monopoly capitalism/imperialism. He does show us how we can make the best of our lives under this archaic system that needs to be swept into the dustbin of history.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book on happiness 21 Feb 2014
By naresh raghavan - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed reading it. Gave good insights to achieving happiness on a daily today basis. Definitely recommend it. Try it
14 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT the original 18 Jan 2012
By fisch - Published on Amazon.com
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be warned. this is not an electronic copy of the conquest of happiness by bertrand russell that is on my shelf. i was hoping for that one.

to be fair, i haven't read it. just enough to realize it's not the original. it takes his ideas and applies them to now. it may be a great job. but i was looking for the original.
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