Sonny Barger is a man who knows the value of freedom. He has reveled in it, spending untold hours riding the open road on his Harley, and has intimately experienced its absence, spending years locked behind bars and concrete while in prison. That rare individual who has seen the extremes of society and learned hard lessons, Sonny now shares his knowledge with readers.
Freedom offers practical advice as it outlines the rules he's learned to live by:
- "Treat me good, I'll treat you better. Treat me bad, I'll treat you worse."
- "Don't take shit from your enemies that you'd never take from your friends."
- "Commit yourself -- there's no reverse gear on a motorcycle."
Told in his trademark style, this honest philosophy of the open road is a provocative guide to leadership, survival, and success from a true American iconoclast. Click here to browse, then come back to buy it.
Publisher's Weekly, May 2, 2005:
The rebellious, high-octane spokesman for the “biker lifestyle without boundaries,” Barger now rides his customized Harley in Arizona, seeking “the Zen of the highway.” The iconoclastic author of the memoir Hell’s Angel and the novel Dead in 5 Heartbeats now offers a useful guide to maintaining personal freedoms and self-respect on streets mean and otherwise. As might be expected, Miss Manners and Dale Carnegie are left in the dust (with precepts such as “screw fightin’ fair”) as the fiercely independent Barger rolls out his practical, mostly straight-arrow advice, beginning with a warning: “When you break new earth, you’ll instantly be considered an outsider.” His experiences in the military, prison and on the road have not only shaped Barger’s personal philosophy, they serve as his primary metaphors, e.g., “Life is one long boot camp and only extreme and strenuous life experience can turn you into the complete soldier.” In addition to tips on confronting bullies, Barger covers everything from survival skills and self-reliance to teamwork and trust (“My friends are my family”). While many of Barger’s 50 precepts are standard self-help fare, rudderless teens needing lessons in confidence, courage, honesty and individuality may find Barger more of a kindred spirit than, say, the Chicken Soup purveyors.
All books are personally signed by Sonny.