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The Way to Happiness [Hardcover]

L.Ron Hubbard
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15 Nov 2007
The precepts given in this book are really the edges of the road: violating them, one is like the motorist who plunges off onto the verge â the result can be wreckage of the moment, the relationship, a life. Only you can say where the road goes for one sets his goals for the hour, for the relationship, for the phase of life.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: New Era Publications UK Ltd (15 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159970000X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599700007
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 16.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,330,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author, humanitarian and Founder of Dianetics and Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard is one of the most acclaimed figures of the modern age.

In a writing career spanning more than half a century, he was both a leading light of American fiction and the author of more than 35 million words of nonfiction--the single most embracive statement on the human mind and spirit, providing the only road to total spiritual freedom.

To date, more than 250 million copies of his works are in circulation worldwide, in 71 languages. All told, those works comprise over 3,000 recorded lectures and some 5,000 writings, including nineteen New York Times bestsellers.

Accordingly, and in testament to the magnitude of his literary legacy, there are his four Guinness World Records: most published author, most translated author, the author with the most audiobook titles and the single most translated non-religious work.

Yet the essence of L. Ron Hubbard's legacy is perhaps best expressed in his simple declaration:

"I like to help others and count it as my greatest pleasure in life to see a person free himself of the shadows which darken his days.

"These shadows look so thick to him and weigh him down so that when he finds they are shadows and that he can see through them, walk through them and be again in the sun, he is enormously delighted. And I am afraid I am just as delighted as he is."

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L. Ron Hubbard's remarkable writing career spanned more than half a century of intense literary achievement and creative influence. Astonishingly prolific, he produced more than 550 published works of fiction and nonfiction. These ranged broadly in literary genres from action/adventure, western, mystery and suspense to science fiction and fantasy, and in subject areas of enduring social, cultural and philosophical significance from self-improvement and the spiritual, ethical and moral nature of man to education, drug treatment and rehabilitation, and business management, among others. Though he was first and foremost a writer, his life experiences and travels in all corners of the globe were wide and diverse. His insatiable curiosity and personal belief that one should live life as a professional led to a lifetime of extraordinary accomplishment. He was also an explorer and ethnologist, mariner, pilot, filmmaker, photographer, philosopher, educator, composer and musician. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Vapid 24 April 2008
This book includes a non-religious moral code based purely on common sense.

I didn't find it very useful as I already know that murder is wrong. This isn't really a 'guide'. It's more like an advertisement for a series of self-help 'courses'.

Whilst I didn't find this book useful, it may be of benefit to people.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected 23 Feb 2012
I somehow expected this DVD to be a film which would illustrade the way to happiness by weaving the lives of the people on the cover together. Unfortunately this DVD was not a film which made its point through a story. This DVD used a format which reminded me of a Powerpoint presentation covering 25 points in bullet fashion that mankind should observe in order to gain access to the way to happiness. Had I known that the content of the DVD had been created in this way, I would not have bought it.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "The" Way To Happiness?? 4 Oct 1999
By A Customer
Combining some hardly-original commonsense advice with the unique spin which the controversial Mr Hubbard has consistently managed to impart to his Scientology writings, "The Way To Happiness" is another example of the output of one of the larger vanity publishing operations ever to have existed.
The book retreads many of the concepts introduced in "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health", by the same author, but this time Hubbard's unique and off-the-wall spiritual views (essentially: we are all infested with the souls of dead space aliens, who are responsible for our physical and mental problems) get to be leavened with a few traditional /bon mots/ and dressed up as self-help.
Much of what this book has to say will be self-evident to anyone who is in the market for books of this type, and it offers nothing new of any substance that might contribute to a broader understanding of the problems that people face in trying to find a "way to happiness". Many claims are made for what is essentially Dianetics, even if it is not always identified as such, yet these claims are presented without any substantiation, which leads one to question whether the advice this book contains has ever been tested and shown to be at all effective.
The prose style of this book is, in keeping with much of Hubbard's oeuvre, impenetrable, patronising and unnecessarily verbose, leading one to wonder whether anyone as clearly incapable of expressing his own thoughts has any business telling anyone else how to think.
There are many, many self-help books out there, some good, some bad: unless you are building a collection of the poorer examples, then spend your money on something other than this one.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Captain Obvious! 3 Mar 2011
By Harry
If you get ill, see a doctor! So much valuable information, also known as the bleeding obvious, now available to buy and fund a global pyramid scheme. Avoid. At. All. Costs.
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3 of 18 people found the following review helpful
"True joy and happiness are valuable.

If one does not survive, no joy and no happiness are obtainable.

Trying to survive in a chaotic, dishonest and generally immoral society is difficult.

Any individual or group seeks to obtain from life what pleasure and freedom from pain that they can.

Your own survival can be threatened by the bad actions of others around you.

Your own happiness can be turned to tragedy and sorrow by the dishonesty and misconduct of others.

I am sure you can think of instances of this actually happening. Such wrongs reduce one's survival and impair one's happiness.

You are important to other people. You are listened to. You can influence others.

The happiness or unhappiness of others you could name is important to you.

Without too much trouble, using this book, you can help them survive and lead happier lives.

While no one can guarantee that anyone else can be happy, their chances of survival and happiness can be improved. And with theirs, yours will be.


- L Ron Hubbard
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