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Publisher's Summary

In his long-awaited memoir, Yvon Chouinard - legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc. - shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth. From his youth as the son of a French Canadian blacksmith to the thrilling, ambitious climbing expeditions that inspired his innovative designs for the sport's equipment, Let My People Go Surfing is the story of a man who brought doing good and having grand adventures into the heart of his business life - a book that will deeply affect entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
With a preface to the second edition, introduction, and epilogue read by the author.
©2016 Yvon Chouinard (P)2016 Penguin Audio
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By Colin on 10-03-16

From the Heart

I have a lot of respect for Yvonne Chouinard. He lived an amazing life and was mindful the entire way. after listening I yearn to climb mountains, to work in such an amazing company as Patagonia, to start an organic farm, and to practice Civil Disobedience. To think about life and put your thoughts to action.

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By Jim Perkins on 05-25-17

Good presentation, though a little preachy

I respect Patagonia and the fact that the company stands behind its values. I was hoping for more on the overall management of the company, not so much on this is what is wrong with the planet and let me give you a ton of statistics to back it up.

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By earlybits on 10-03-17

Do you plan to let your people go surfing?

An insipration on knowing what your purpose is when setting up a business and knowing the role the business plays both in society and in relationship to the planet

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By Amazon Customer on 09-12-17

Buy the book

Great book. loved the environment section. I would prefer to read the paper book though.

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By Anonymous User on 10-30-17

Best book ever

This is amazing, insightful, true and is filled with inspiring values we all need to be living by

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By CA Weir on 07-27-17

Insight into a great man, inspiration to live

What made the experience of listening to Let My People Go Surfing the most enjoyable?

This is more than an autobiography of a great climber, surfer and environmentalist. Not just the story of one of the most succesful companies in the world. It is a call to arms. A manifesto to live a better, simpler, happier life. I haven't been moved by a book like this since Naomi Klein's 'No Logo'

What aspect of Yvon Chouinard and Christopher Grove ’s performance might you have changed?

I wish we had Yvon's gravely voice narrate this. The narrator does a good job, but I love hearing YC speak and if he'd narrated the whole book, not just the intro, it would be a masterpiece.

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