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Man's Search for Meaning: Young Adult Edition by [Viktor E. Frankl, John Boyne]

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One of the ten most influential books in America. —Library of Congress/Book-of-the-Month Club "Survey of Lifetime Readers"

"An enduring work of survival literature." —
The New York Times

Man's Search for Meaning] might well be prescribed for everyone who would understand our time." —Journal of Individual Psychology

"An inspiring document of an amazing man who was able to garner some good from an experience so abysmally bad… Highly recommended." —
Library Journal

“This is a book I try to read every couple of years. It’s one of the most inspirational books ever written. What is the meaning of life? What do you have when you think you have nothing? Amazing and heartbreaking stories. This is a book that should be in everyone’s library.”
—Jimmy Fallon

“This is a book I reread a lot . . . it gives me hope . . . it gives me a sense of strength.”
—Anderson Cooper,
Anderson Cooper 360/CNN
“One of the great books of our time.” —Harold S. Kushner, author of
When Bad Things Happen to Good People

“One of the outstanding contributions to psychological thought in the last fifty years.”
—Carl R. Rogers (1959)

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Gr 8 Up—Holocaust survivor and psychologist Frankl's classic work was originally published in 1959 and is divided into two main sections: "Experiences in a Concentration Camp" and "Logotherapy in a Nutshell." Frankl is forthright about the camps, describing the ever-present threat of death, terrible living conditions, starvation, thoughts of suicide, and so on, but he does not dwell on the horrifying details. As a psychologist, he was interested in how people responded to the situation more than the situation itself, and his writing reflects that viewpoint. Frankl's theory of logotherapy "focuses on the meaning of human existence as well as man's search for such a meaning…. This striving to find a meaning in one's life is the primary motivational force in man." This new YA edition keeps the concentration camp piece intact but simplifies the logotherapy segment. Even so, the vocabulary and concepts will be challenging to many readers and will require investigation and explanation for students to understand. VERDICT Frankl's first-person account is compelling and offers a unique perspective to teenagers interested in reading further after exposure to Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl or other World War II narratives.—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01I85NQ9U
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Beacon Press; Reprint edition (April 25, 2017)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 25, 2017
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4655 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 186 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0807067997
  • Customer Reviews:
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Viktor E. Frankl was professor of neurology and psychiatry at the University of Vienna Medical School until his death in 1997. He was the founder of what has come to be called the Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy (after Freud's psychoanalysis and Adler's individual psychology)—the school of logotherapy.

Born in 1905, Dr. Frankl received the degrees of Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Vienna. During World War II he spent three years at Auschwitz, Dachau and other concentration camps.

Dr. Frankl first published in 1924 in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and has since published twenty-six books, which have been translated into nineteen languages, including Japanese and Chinese. He was a visiting professor at Harvard, Duquesne, and Southern Methodist Universities. Honorary Degrees have been conferred upon him by Loyola University in Chicago, Edgecliff College, Rockford College, and Mount Mary College, as well as by universities in Brazil and Venezuela. He was a guest lecturer at universities throughout the world and made fifty-one lecture tours throughout the United States alone. He was President of the Austrian Medical Society of Psychotherapy.

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