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Wake Up and Live! by [Brande, Dorothea]
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"Eminently sensible and practical."
- The New York Times Book Review

"A simple and usable technique of living...All I want to do is to buttonhole each and every one of my friends and say, 'You must read "Wake up and Live!"'"
- Jean Starr Untermeyer

"Fascinating and exactly the spring tonic that most of us need."
- Chicago Tribune

"She made her own test with sincerity and faith, and her entire life was changed to one of overwhelming success."
- Earl Nightingale, "The Strangest Secret"

"Eminently sensible and practical."
- The New York Times Book Review
"A simple and usable technique of living...All I want to do is to buttonhole each and every one of my friends and say, 'You must read "Wake up and Live!"'"
- Jean Starr Untermeyer
"Fascinating and exactly the spring tonic that most of us need."
- Chicago Tribune
"She made her own test with sincerity and faith, and her entire life was changed to one of overwhelming success."
- Earl Nightingale, "The Strangest Secret"

Eminently sensible and practical.
The New York Times Book Review
A simple and usable technique of living All I want to do is to buttonhole each and every one of my friends and say, You must read "Wake up and Live!"
Jean Starr Untermeyer
Fascinating and exactly the spring tonic that most of us need.
Chicago Tribune
She made her own test with sincerity and faith, and her entire life was changed to one of overwhelming success.
Earl Nightingale, "The Strangest Secret""

About the Author

American author, lecturer and magazine editor, Dorothea Brande, was the youngest of five children born to Frederick S. and Alice P. Thompson of Chicago, Illinois. Alice Dorothea Alden Thompson was born in Englewood, a Chicago community, on 12 January, 1892. Both of her parents were originally from Maine and had previously lived in Delaware where her three oldest siblings were born. Her father was employed as a manager at local business in the Chicago area. Brande attended the Universities of Michigan and Chicago, earning her Phi Beta Kappa key at the former. She went on to work as a newspaper reporter in Chicago and later as circulation manager for American Mercury magazine during the time of H.L. Mencken and George Jean Nathan. In the 1930s she became an associate editor of Bookman magazine and later its successor (1934), the American Review. In the years to come Brande would also operate a nationwide correspondence school for aspiring writers and tour on the lecture circuit. In 1916 she married fellow Chicago newspaper reporter Herbert Brande (abt. 1890-?). Herbert would later gain some notoriety as an editorial writer. Their marriage ended in divorce sometime before 1930. In 1936 she married Seward B. Collins (1899-1952), who at the time was American Review's editor. Her inspirational book, "Wake Up and Live" (1936) was written during the Great Depression and was a best seller and her most successful book. She was also the author of "Becoming a Writer" (1934), "Most Beautiful Lady" (1935), "Letters to Philippa"(1937), "My Invincible Aunt" (1938) and others.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1317 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0399165118
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee; Reprint edition (12 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C5R84CM
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #153,159 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I like it. You don't really need to buy the book though. It says it on the front cover: 'What would you do if it were impossible to fail?'

Personal experience has shown me that no book can teach you how to act like this. It can inspire you, and this book will do that. But ultimately acting as if it were impossible to fail happens when you step outside of your comfort zone.
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I love a self-help book! This one was written a long time ago, but still has relevance today. There is some sterling advice included - and the book managed to be a quick and easy read as well as a beautifully written and sedate one. My only concern was that when I looked up the author on Wiki later I discovered that she had died quite young, and not very long after writing the book - which is sad, and perhaps an indication that she had not, after all, solved the question of how best to live one's life.

Louise Gillett
Author of Surviving Schizophrenia, a memoir
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I was extremely disappointed with this book. The writing style and use of the English language is appalling. I can't ever remember reading anything that was so badly written. The author prattles on paragraph after paragraph making little or no sense at all. I gave up after reaching page 30 not having a clue to what she was trying to convey. The long winded sentences are meaningless and left me feeling quite frustrated. I consider myself to be of reasonable intelligence and have read loads of similar types of books and usually I do not struggle with understanding concepts but this book/style had me beat. Out of the 2 million copies sold I wonder how many of the copies have been read in full? Sadly I thought the book was a total waste of money and will be going to the charity shop.
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I take up this book nearly every day. I read in around 3 to 4 days. Love some of the wit Dorothea wrote it the book sometimes. But, most importantly, she is straight to the point. Some areas, were a little hazy, but in most cases, a very good guide.
Had problems with the initial postage by the Seller, but once I had it, it was worth the wait. Love the book, love the words
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I was taken aback to find that the author of what is perhaps the best book for teaching yourself how to write, is maybe not the kindly, patient, sympathetic type her other book led me to believe. I read only a bit and it seemed to be saying that it is weakness to not get up and do. Hope I have not misconstrued from a small part of the book. I might read more if I can be bothered!
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This is a great book that is inspirational, well-written and very practical. I have read it a number of times throughout the years. It always uplifts me.
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Sadly, this book was a wordy disappointment - many years ago I read her inspirational book about how to get started and stay committed as a writer. That was an excellent resource, but this is a long-winded bore and it doesn't really tell you anything you haven't read somewhere else before.
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