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  • Published: 17 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143109679
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $35.00
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Let My People Go Surfing

The Education of a Reluctant Businessman--Including 10 More Years of Business Unusual


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An updated and expanded edition of a modern business classic

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.

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.

As Naomi Klein writes in the new foreword to Let My People Go Surfing, “This is the story of an attempt to do more than change a single corporation – it is an attempt to challenge the culture of consumption that is at the heart of the global ecological crisis.”

  • Pub date: 17 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143109679
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $35.00

Praise for Let My People Go Surfing

“Three wonderful books rolled into one: a moving autobiography, the story of a unique business, and a detailed blueprint for hope”

Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of, Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse


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