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Freedom: Credos from the Road

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  236 ratings  ·  20 reviews
There are few men who are as quintessentially American as Sonny Barger. He is patriotic—a veteran who loves his country. He is independent—choosing his own path on his motorcycle, living life on his own terms. He is outspoken—he has boldly criticized injustices in American law and society despite the backlash this has evoked from the establishment. Yet the element that he ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 14th 2005 by William Morrow
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Amie Kipfer
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good eye opener

This was a great read as I try to find myself once more. I really grasped the view as it helps me to look inside myself and how I wish to proceed and learn.
Chris
Jan 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
An interesting view of life through the eyes of notorious Hell's Angel, Sonny Barger. It takes a hard look at the unwritten rules of the street.
Rich Dammkoehler
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophical
You need to read this book. Its full of wonderful insights about life and freedom.
Eric Plume
Sep 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: r-and-d
Really 3.5 stars.

I enjoyed this, a lot. Barger has a great deal of wisdom and experience to speak from, due to his life as a founding member of the Hells Angels and all the places that's taken him. He's also survived cancer, and done so longer than modern medical science can explain. The man is tough, and Freedom is among other things an attempt by him to explain how he got where he is to people who haven't lived his life.

It succeeds, more or less. Much of what he says resonates with me...but t
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Joyce Vandermark
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I ordered sonny's book Ridin' High and he sent me this book as well, no cost to me. I found that incredibly kind and the book is a good fast read that really gives you an idea of what kind of man he is, how he got to be that way, and how he views life. Terrific book.
Ted Zayka
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
Sonny Barger may be one of the founders of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, and as such, may be discounted by many folks who prefer the credentials of a Rhodes scholar or country club member. When you start reading the book however, you are drawn into this man's philosophy, and his simple, honest, and mammalian approach to life, people and relationships.

There is something to be said for a man who has challenged life, made mistakes, and still comes out living to tell about it. It gives his stor
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Christina
Mar 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This tiny hard cover book caught my eye during my walks through the stacks of the New York Public Library. Freedom in bold grey letters reached out and grabbed my attention. I picked up this little black book, I thumbed through it, and was pleasantly surprised with it content. Freedom means a lot of things to different people. Freedom according to Sonny Barger peaked my interest.

The first thing you will like about this book is that it is straight to the point. Each chapter is less than three pa
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Gina M Jordan
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I truly loved this little book & the values Barger details are familiar from growing up in that type of world. I have to admit though it made me think of your daily bread kind of meditation or a weekly lesson or value to practice through the year.

Whatever your reason for reading it, each bite sized chunk of Barger wisdom is easy to digest & written in a very straight forward & blunt manner as has been Barger ' s style. I highly recommend this for all bikers of any ride or level as well as those
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Jerica Guidry
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
The book is all about life. basically an in your face way to tell you about life in a deal with it or dont kind if way. I think its something we all are aware of, but its told to you in a way that at most people would think is rude. The author did a great job in putting out there and way not so "beat around the bush". I personally like the in your face type of reading. All and all I found it to be a good read and I am glad I picked it up.
Ashton Barnes
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a great read. It was refreshing to read a book that talks so much about the basic principle that defines what it means to be an American. And that is Freedom. He also discusses things that he has learned throughout his life, most of which is common sense. But common sense is not so common anymore. Everyone should read this book who values what it means to be an American.
Audra
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sonny Barger has always told it like it is, honest and true. Good life lessons in a book that’s a quick and easy read. You don’t have to ride a bike or be in a club to appreciate the little gems of wisdom.
Bill Wyler
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read
Sonny has an "earthy" way of explaining life observations and experiences. I enjoyed the way he said some of the things throughout his book. You are encouraged to read it for yourself and enjoy the ride.
Jon Nakapalau
Great advice from someone who has traveled a long and hard road.
Bea
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Just a little bit of wisdom from the man who lived and continues living and riding free.
Ann
May 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the stories here. I loved Sonny's point of view in many areas.
Sean
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting insights from a career outlaw. There's some good and some bad. Take what you can use and leave the rest. I think my main takeaway was to have a code and live by that code. Be authentic in a world that is filled with fakers.
Jake
Sep 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Meh. I mean it's your standard run of the mill musing by a man who has done and seen it all. It's Sonny Barger's life story that gives weight to what he says. Aside from that you could do to pass this up.
Todd
Dec 12, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: popular-stuff
In truth, it probably says about as much about leadership as any MBA textbook.
Andy
Mar 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Nothing any of us haven't learned from lifes adventures--Sonny just took the time to put it into words.

Look up the road and keep the throttle open.



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Ralph Hubert "Sonny" Barger (born October 8, 1938) is a founding member (1957) of the Oakland, California, U.S. chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. He is also the author of five books - Hell's Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club (2000), Dead in 5 Heartbeats (2004), Freedom: Credos from the Road (2005), 6 Chambers, 1 Bullet (2006), and Let's Ride ...more

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