50 Success Classics


Here is the first and only bite-sized guide to 50 of the most important and inspiring books that already have helped legions of readers unleash their potential and discover the secrets to success in work and life.
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Here is the first and only bite-sized guide to 50 of the most important and inspiring books that already have helped legions of readers unleash their potential and discover the secrets to success in work and life.
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Soundview Executive Book Summaries
Personal development guru Tom Butler-Bowdon has compiled a guide to the books that have helped millions of readers over the years find the secrets to success. Full of summaries of the ideas and techniques that have helped people like Andrew Carnegie, Benjamin Franklin, Nelson Mandela, Sam Walton and Henry Ford become successful, 50 Success Classics presents timeless business lessons and personal insights from the 50 all-time classic biographies, novels and business books that anyone can apply to his or her own life. Copyright © 2004 Soundview Executive Book Summaries
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449897475
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/28/2011

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction 1
1 Ragged Dick, or Street Life in New York with the Boot-Blacks (1867) by Horatio Alger 12
2 On Becoming a Leader (1989) by Warren Bennis 18
3 How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling (1947) by Frank Bettger 24
4 The One Minute Manager (1981) by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson 30
5 The Americanization of Edward Bok: The Autobiography of a Dutch Boy Fifty Years After (1921) by Edward Bok 36
6 The Magic of Believing (1948) by Claude M. Bristol 42
7 Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist (1995) by Warren Buffett and Roger Lowenstein 48
8 The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie (1920) by Andrew Carnegie 56
9 Thick Face, Black Heart: The Asian Path to Thriving, Winning and Succeeding (1992) by Chin-Ning Chu 62
10 The Richest Man in Babylon (1926) by George S. Clason 68
11 The Secret of the Ages (1926) by Robert Collier 74
12 Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... And Others Don't (2001) by Jim Collins 80
13 Acres of Diamonds (1921) by Russell H. Conwell 86
14 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (1989) by Stephen R. Covey 90
15 Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry (1999) by Michael Dell 96
16 My Life and Work (1922) by Henry Ford 102
17 The Way to Wealth (1758) by Benjamin Franklin 108
18 The Inner Game of Tennis (1974) by W. Timothy Gallwey 114
19 How to Be Rich (1961) by John Paul Getty 120
20 How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing with People (1956) by Les Giblin 126
21 The Art of Worldly Wisdom (1647) by Baltasar Gracian 132
22 How to Succeed in Business without Being White: Straight Talk on Making It in America (1997) by Earl G. Graves 138
23 Think and Grow Rich (1937) by Napoleon Hill 144
24 Success through a Positive Mental Attitude (1960) by Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone 150
25 The Official Guide to Success (1982) by Tom Hopkins 156
26 Born to Win: Transactional Analysis with Gestalt Experiments (1971) by Muriel James and Dorothy Jongeward 162
27 Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life (1998) by Spencer Johnson 168
28 Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids about Money... That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! (1997) by Robert Kiyosaki 172
29 The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor (1998) by David S. Landes 178
30 Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times (1992) by Abraham Lincoln by Donald T. Phillips 186
31 The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal (2003) by Jim Loehr and Schwartz 192
32 Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela (1994) by Nelson Mandela 198
33 Pushing to the Front, or Success under Difficulties (1894) by Orison Swett Marden 204
34 The Spirit to Serve: Marriott's Way (1997) by J. W. Marriott Jr. 210
35 The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity (1962) by Catherine Ponder 216
36 Take Time for Your Life: A Seven-Step Program for Creating the Life You Want (1998) by Cheryl Richardson 222
37 Unlimited Power: The New Science of Personal Achievement (1986) by Anthony Robbins 228
38 Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way: Timeless Strategies from the First Lady of Courage (2002) by Eleanor Roosevelt and Robin Gerber 234
39 The Magic of Thinking Big (1959) by David J. Schwartz 240
40 The Secret Door to Success (1940) by Florence Scovel Shinn 246
41 Shackleton's Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer (2001) by Ernest Shackleton, Margot Morrell and Stephanie Capparell 252
42 The Millionaire Mind (2000) by Thomas J. Stanley 258
43 Maximum Achievement: Strategies and Skills that Will Unlock Your Hidden Powers to Succeed (1993) by Brian Tracy 264
44 The Art of War (4th century BCE) by Sun Tzu 270
45 Made in America: My Story (1992) by Sam Walton 276
46 The Science of Getting Rich (1910) by Wallace D. Wattles 282
47 Jack: Straight from the Gut (2001) by Jack Welch 288
48 Coaching for Performance: GROWing People, Performance, and Purpose (1992) by John Whitmore 294
49 The Luck Factor: Change Your Luck--And Change Your Life (2003) by Richard Wiseman 300
50 See You at the Top (1975) by Zig Ziglar 306
Chronological list of titles 311
Credits 313
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