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Charles Mattoon, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by Charles Mattoon)
Besides a fascinating bio of an unusual and, in my opinion, highly exemplary man, this is a radical challenge to deep-seated conceptions of money and what we work for. It goes to the heart of homo sapiens economicus and how that is inseparable from our spiritual reality and its demands on how we live. Daniel Suelo's life story reads like another flawed human being on a courageous road to align values with action, a modern secular monk carrying out a noble experiment (and as Emerson said, all life is an experiment) for the benefit of all of us who care to take a deep look at his example, our society, and inside themselves. Highly recommended.
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MAA, August 2, 2012 (view all comments by MAA)
Read this book - it is that good - I'm recommending it to family & friends. The subject: our relationship to $. The object: to educate us, inform us, engage us. The result: I'm encouraged to find those with the courage to take our spiritual guides seriously, who follow them by emulating them. Let go of our death-grip attachment to the abstraction of $ that makes many of us its slaves and becomes a god. Relatively short, to-the-point, portrait by a good writer - the absence of which I have noted elsewhere. Too many books today are far too long, need editing & pruning, and lose me about 100 pages in. Not this one. Again, read this book!
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Sundeen, Mark
Riverhead Books
Biography - General
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8.23 x 5.59 x 0.73 in 0.51 lb
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In 2000, Daniel Suelo left his last in a truck stop phone booth. Since then, he has 'not earned, received, or spent a single dollar.' He does not receive any government assistance and accepts only charity that is freely given. He currently resides in a cave in Utah's Moab Desert, where he primarily lives off the land. In this inspiring book, Sundeen (Car Camping) tells Suelo's remarkable life story and the circumstances surrounding his decision to 'quit money.' Suelo came from a family of fundamentalist Christians, but in college at the University of Colorado, he became fascinated with other world religions — particularly Hinduism and Buddhism — which he would explore more thoroughly on a trip to Thailand and India. While volunteering with the Peace Corps in Ecuador, Suelo came out as gay to his parents, whose refusal to accept this fact plunged Suelo into depression. Disillusioned with the world, Suelo scaled back on life, eschewing a steady job for couch surfing, volunteer work, and adventures, including working on a salmon boat, hiking Alaska's Resurrection Mountains, and hitchhiking across the country in 2000, when he finally abandoned money. Sundeen provides details of Suelo's day-to-day life, and the guiding philosophies that have enabled him, in his own words, 'to live with zero money... Abundantly.' Suelo's mission and ethos are truly admirable, and his story is equally compelling. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "This is a beautiful, thoughtful and wonderful book. I suspect I may find myself thinking about it every day for the rest of my life."
"Review" by , "Mark Sundeen's astonishing and unsettling book goes directly to the largest questions about how we live and what we have lost in a culture obsessed with money. Sundeen tells the story of a gentle and generous man who sought the good life by deciding to live without it. Whats most unsettling and astonishing is that he appears to have succeeded."
"Review" by , "Maybe its just this odd, precarious moment we live in, but Daniel Suelo's story seems to offer some broader clues for all of us. Mark Sundeen's account will raise subversive and interesting questions in any open mind."
"Review" by , Sundeen deftly portrays [Suelo] as a likeable, oddly sage guy...who finds happiness in radical simplicity..[and] personifies a critique that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt remorse on the treadmill of getting and spending."
"Synopsis" by ,

A Walden for the 21st century, the true story of a man who has radically reinvented "the good life."

In 2000, Daniel Suelo left his life savings-all thirty dollars of it-in a phone booth. He has lived without money-and with a newfound sense of freedom and security-ever since.

The Man Who Quit Money is an account of how one man learned to live, sanely and happily, without earning, receiving, or spending a single cent. Suelo doesn't pay taxes, or accept food stamps or welfare. He lives in caves in the Utah canyonlands, forages wild foods and gourmet discards. He no longer even carries an I.D. Yet he manages to amply fulfill not only the basic human needs-for shelter, food, and warmth-but, to an enviable degree, the universal desires for companionship, purpose, and spiritual engagement. In retracing the surprising path and guiding philosophy that led Suelo into this way of life, Sundeen raises provocative and riveting questions about the decisions we all make, by default or by design, about how we live-and how we might live better.

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