The Man Who Quit Money

The Man Who Quit Money

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Grand Prize Winner of the 2015 Green Book Festival

Mark Sundeen's new book, The Unsettlers , is coming in January 2017 from Riverhead Books

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.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2012
Edition: 1st Riverhead trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781594485695
1594485690
Branch Call Number: B Suelo Sundeen 2012
Characteristics: 260 p. ; 21 cm

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multcolib_heathere Mar 13, 2016

It sounds impossible, but Daniel Suelo has managed to barter and trade his way since 2000, relying heavily on the kindness of strangers and friends.

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Stratified_nomad
Sep 16, 2013

As several others have argued to a great extent this book serves as a "Walden" for the 21st century. Even those who uninterested in Suelo's ultra-Spartan lifestyle can appreciate his perspective/lifetyle. Sandeen describes how Suelo has consciously exchanged the material comforts -most of us take for granted- for a higher level of personal contentment than most of us can imagine. Surprisingly, Suelo has managed to scavenge most of us material needs, or obtain them in exchange for work. There are certainly trade-offs/exceptions: He reluctantly accepted help for dental expenses, and his foraged eye-glasses probably aren't an exact prescription for his vision. But by (mostly) decoupling himself from the money-based economy, he has found new freedom. Early in the book, Sandeem describes how Suelo is charged with overstaying the limit for camping on public lands. Since he doesn't use money, the judge can't impose a monetary penalty, so instead sentence him to perform community work at women's shelter where he already volunteers. "The Man Who Quit Money" is one of those rare works that presents a compelling alternative and criticism of the domiant economic paradigm.

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lisa_r
Sep 02, 2013

I couldn't put this book down. Great storytelling from Mark Sundeen about not only Daniel's present life without money, but also the route he took to get there. A really interesting treatment of money in relation to politics, history, and spirituality.

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jnewday
May 11, 2013

Fantastic story of a man who challenges us to reconsider the way we live. Daniel Suelo is truly living an alternative to our current habits of consumption and materialism. What can we learn from his example?

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book_doctor
May 10, 2013

This book spoke to me. I have been going through some life changes lately and this book was eerily similar to what I see in my future. Mark Sundeen did a wonderful job of illustrating this mans life and journey. I recommend this book to anyone suspicious of our monetary system and how it plays into greed and anguish.

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gingerbeer
Jan 15, 2013

Find out what Daniel Suelo can teach the rest of us about life, time and finding out what is really valuable.
This is a interesting story about a fascinating man who puts his theories and beliefs into action everyday.

Quimeras Nov 16, 2012

Without a doubt, “The Man Who Quit Money” is a thought-provoking book. For instance, throughout my reading, I couldn’t help but wonder how different Suelo’s experience would have been if his gender or race were different. Would he have been able to hitchhike across the country or survive unharmed in the wilderness? The answer is no. I understand Suelo’s argument for giving up money and could only imagine how FREE one would feel after doing so. Unfortunately in this country, if you are not a white male, money at least buys or provides you with sense of safety- even though, again, this is just an illusion.

lbehrman Jul 31, 2012

I really enjoyed this book - Mark Sundeen's writing is enjoyable to read, and the subject is really fascinating. I love when individuals introduce new ideas and new ways of doing things, and Daniel Suelo does just that. I've recommended this book to a number of people!

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Toskey
Jul 07, 2012

I thought this was a moderately interesting read, but Daniel Suelo's story didn't turn out to be an inspiring as I would have liked. It's fine that he lives in caves and dumpster dives and uses the computers at his local library (paid for with other people's tax money) to update his blog and visit his Facebook account; his carbon footprint is indeed tiny. That he is a spiritual seeker is noble, too. But his way of life does not scale up well, and his living off of the gross excess of our money economy isn't exactly raging against the machine. I guess I was a little underwhelmed.

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Oc2seattle
Jun 17, 2012

An intriguing story of one man's path to a life living outside the monetary system.

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