Man’s Search for Meaning is the chilling yet inspirational story of Viktor Frankl’s struggle to hold on to hope during the unspeakable horrors of his years as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of those he treated in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Through every waking moment of his ordeal, Frankl’s training as a psychiatrist lent him a remarkable perspective on the psychology of survival. As a result of these experiences, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man’s primary motivational force is his search for meaning. Frankl’s assertion that “the will to meaning” is the basic motivation for human life has forever changed the way we understand our humanity in the face of suffering.
Frankl’s riveting memoir was named one of the Ten Most Influential Books in America after a 1991 survey by the Library of Congress and Book of the Month Club. This revised and updated version includes a new postscript: “The Case for a Tragic Optimism.”
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Combining a firsthand account of Auschwitz with his own groundbreaking psychological research, Viktor Frankl’s riveting 1946 memoir explores the horrors of the Holocaust from a unique angle. Audie Award–winning narrator Simon Vance strikes just the right chord for such challenging subject matter. His composed and soothing tone makes Frankl’s harrowing experiences—and intellectual insights—easy to digest, without ever diluting their power. Inspiring, enlightening, and still extremely relevant, Man’s Search for Meaning can be a life-changing experience. It remains one of the most powerful books about psychological survival ever written.