The Journeys of Socrates: How a Boy Became a Warrior Became a Wise Man

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An inspirational tale that tells the incredible life story of Sergei Ivanov, affectionately known as Socrates, a sage whose wisdom was destined to change the lives of author Dan Millman and the countless readers of his first book, Way of the Peaceful Warrior. CONTENTS: In the heart of Tsarist Russia in 1872, an orphaned boy of Jewish and Cossack descent seeks to find his place in the world. The Journeys of Socrates is an odyssey of courage and love, revealing how a boy became a man, a man became a warrior, and how a warrior found peace. Dan Millman first described the wise enigmatic man he called Socrates in Way of the Peaceful Warrior. Now, in telling the life story of that old service station mechanic, Dan reveals universal truths about all our lives and reminds us of a courage and love as strong and ancient as the roots of the world. From tales of life at a Russian military school to the flight of a fugitive, survival in the wilderness to marriage and the search for family, The Journeys of Socrates is full of tragedy, triumph and hard-earned wisdom from the soul of a peaceful warrior.

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Over the years, since publication of my best-known and bestselling book, Way of the Peaceful Warrior, numerous readers, curious about my old mentor, the man I called Socrates, asked me whether he was ever married or had children, and who were his teachers.  This question of lineage has always seemed important to me.  Teachers, guides, and wisdom-bearers and sharers rarely emerge fully-developed at birth (although many claim so).  We each stand on the shoulders of others, and often wisdom is hard-earned.

I decided to share the story of the life of my old mentor -- this was the first impulse that eventually, after four years of intensive literary labor, would become The Journeys of Socrates. And on a personal level, I liked the challenge -- I wanted to stretch and test myself, to see if I could write a quality story that would engross and even move readers to deep emotion. As Herman Melville wrote, "Two write a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme."

Knowing a story and telling it are two different things. The theme that took shape in the writing summarizes, in a way, the course of the book:  "How a boy became a man; how a man became a warrior; and (most important), how a warrior found peace."  I didn't know it would become an archetypal story of conflict resolution -- a way to end the cycles of revenge and retribution (no matter how apparently justified) that plague our world today.  This is a story about love, family, trauma, courage, and the tempering of a man's wisdom and spirit -- the making of a peaceful warrior.

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Dan Millman is a former world champion athlete, martial arts instructor, Stanford gymnastics coach and Oberlin College professor. He is the author of 11 bestsellers that have sold millions in 29 languages. He leads seminars and workshops and speaks to thousands of people each year around the world.

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