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“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)

What are we afraid of and what can we do about it? Fear - of change, of intimacy, of loss, of the unknown - has become a corrosive influence in modern life, eroding our ability to think clearly. Exploited for power by politicians and for money by the media, it has become embedded in the way we think about our lives.

Overcoming our fear, says Gordon Livingston, constitutes the most difficult struggle we face. Dr. Livingston, a psychiatrist, has increasingly found himself prescribing virtues like courage to his patients instead of tranquilizers or antidepressants.

Here, he presents us with thirty truths that tell us all what we need to do in order to develop personal virtues in the face of societal - and our own individual - fears. And he does this with the crystalline prose and leavening wit that have made him an internationally best-selling author.

©2012 Gordon Livingston (P)2012 Oasis

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“To read him is to trust him and to learn, for his life has been touched by fire, and his motives are absolutely pure.” (Mark Helprin)

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  • 25-03-14

Not enough new content from his other books

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If you've read any other of Gordon Livingston's other books (I've read three) then this was just a re-hash, sadly. When he got to an example (again) of the way that the US treat their troops in airports - which he does twice in this book - I felt like it was on loop.

I really adore his books, but their needs to be new content.

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  • 06-01-17

Great book.

I really enjoyed the many truths and life lessons in "The thing you think you cannot do".