Unlike most versions of Napoleon Hill's famous book, this edition restores his masterpiece to its original form and intent. It includes essential material on how to thrive in challenging economic times that was taken out of later versions but is incredibly relevant today. This is the only edition of Think and Grow Rich! that is fully annotated and indexed, providing key details about Dr. Hill's life and times, his lifelong research, and the leaders of business and industry he studied to glean the invaluable principles of success you'll discover here.
Think and Grow Rich!: The Original Version, Restored and Revised™--
* is the only fully annotated version of Hill's 1937 masterpiece
* contains 52 pages of endnotes not found elsewhere, representing 10 years of research about Hill and his era, the Think and Grow Rich Philosophy, and the use of the "Carnegie Secret" to achieve success and accumulate wealth
* faithfully restores sections of the original 1937 text that were cut out of the book in the 1960s
* is "revised" only in correcting errors found in the original edition and to correct instances of inappropriate or obsolete (for today) language
* offers one of the only and the most comprehensive index in any edition and the book's first appendix
* contains never-before published photographs concerning Hill, including his family burial site
WHY THIS EDITION OF “Think and Grow Rich!” IS SPECIAL AND UNIQUE:
If you search online or in a bookstore for Think and Grow Rich!, the first thing you notice is there seem to be an awful lot of different versions – most for sale, some free.
What's important to know is that there are three versions, or categories, of Napoleon Hill's book available. How to know which to get?
1. FIRST, there's the original text of the book, a "public domain" work that is published by numerous people in the U.S. and abroad. It is available online, in print, and in bookstores and libraries.
This version is not copyright-protected. Most of these editions are simply verbatim renditions of the 1937 text. As such, they contain obsolete language and terminology (from the 1920s and 1930s). They contain typographical and grammatical errors and occasionally also language that today may be considered racist or sexist, but wasn't in 1937.
Many of these so-called "original editions" are also a "blend" of material. They "intermix" or alternate Hill's original text with entirely new material that was not written by Hill nor ever intended by him to be included in his book.
These various versions tend not to read well, as they jump around and back and forth, in confusing and distracting ways, between Hill's original words and other material that has been basically "cut and pasted" into his text. Some publishers have simply attached a public figure's name, photo, and a few paragraphs of comments to the book and then marketed it as a “celebrity” edition with nothing else added. With all these books, it pays to remember that you get what you pay for.
2. NEXT, there's an abridged version of the book (published by Hill in 1960) and also widely available today online and in bookstores. It is a copyrighted version of the book, but one from which Hill deleted substantial sections from his original that were thought at the time to "date" the book. It was for many years a popular and widespread version of the book, but its major shortcoming is that it is incomplete, and it contains many of the same flaws noted above.
3. THEN THERE IS the copyrighted Mindpower Press edition Think and Grow Rich!: The Original Version, Restored and Revised™. It restores Hill's book to its original form and content. (Some obsolete passages are included in the endnotes, rather than the main text, but all of Hill's original 1937 material is included.) This version is fully copyright-protected by the U. S. Copyright Office.
Think and Grow Rich!: The Original Version, Restored and Revised™ is THE ONLY FULLY ANNOTATED VERSION of Dr. Hill's masterpiece ever published (with more than 52 pages of endnotes representing 10 years of research), and has the book's first comprehensive appendix and index.
It is not only true to the original 1937 Napoleon Hill manuscript, in tone, visual design, and readability, as well as content, but it also solves the problem of textual errors and language and terminology that are meaningless or offensive to today's readers. Very minor and unobtrusive changes such as these are what is meant by the word "Revised" in the book's subtitle. They are made for "readability" reasons, not for "political correctness" or "abridgment" in any way.
Which version of Think and Grow Rich! you choose really boils down to three choices. When you're deciding which one to purchase, think about which is not just special, but also unique.
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About the Author
Ross Cornwell is a South Carolina native, educated at Davidson College and Stanford University. Worked as a journalist and columnist, editor, script writer, and in higher education as information officer, serving as executive assistant to the president of Clemson University. Recipient of top national and international awards, including 2001 Bronze World Medal at the New York Festivals and 2002 Silver Screen Award at 35th Annual U. S. International Film and Video Festival in LA. Owned corporate communications company and was first executive editor of "Think & Grow Rich Newsletter."
Read an Excerpt
From the Author's Preface by Napoleon Hill:
IN EVERY CHAPTER of this book, mention has been made of the money-making secret which has made fortunes for more than 500 exceedingly wealthy people whom I have carefully analyzed over a long period of years. The secret was brought to my attention by Andrew Carnegie more than a quarter century ago...
This book contains the secret, after having been put to a practical test by thousands of people in almost every walk of life. It was Mr. Carnegie's idea that the magic formula which gave him a stupendous fortune ought to be placed within reach of everyone who does not have time to investigate how successful people make money.
From the Editor's Foreword:
This edition of Think and Grow Rich! is the Original Version, Restored and Revised... Hill first published Think and Grow Rich! and its money-making secret in 1937 at the depths of the Great Depression. In 1960 he published a revised edition, which deleted many sections that appeared in the original. Much of this deleted material focused on...the environment of an economic disaster. These and other changes were made so as not to "date" the book. Copies of the 1 960 edition and its subsequent printings have, until now, been just about the only ones available since the 1960s. Ironically, because of the enormous economic upheavals, dislocations, and uncertainties that have swept America and the world ? including the near collapse of the world economy in 2008 ? much of what was omitted from the 1960 edition turns out to be incredibly relevant to circumstances and conditions that prevail today. Think and Grow Rich! in its original form speaks as clearly and meaningfully to people in the 21st century as it did to those in the early and later 20th century – and perhaps more so...
This edition is revised also in that it is the first fully annotated version of Think and Grow Rich! ever published, the first with footnotes, endnotes, and appendices, and it contains the first comprehensive index to assist readers in using the book more effectively...
While his message itself is timeless, many of the persons, events, and circumstances he discusses...are no longer familiar to most readers. Think and Grow Rich!: The Original Version, Restored and Revised™ aims – in the sense of a "revised standard version" – to make all of these things as clear as possible without in any way interfering with or disturbing the integrity and message of the original work.
Table of Contents
Special Foreword Bob Proctor ix
The Editor's Foreword xiii
The Author's Preface 1
Introduction: Mindpower: The Man Who "Thought" His Way 9
1 Desire: The Starting Point of All Achievement 25
The First Step to Riches
2 Faith: Visualization and Belief in the Attainment of Desire 45
The Second Step to Riches
3 Autosuggestion: The Medium for Influencing the Subconscious Mind 67
The Third Step to Riches
4 Specialized Knowledge: Personal Experiences or Observations The Fourth Step to Riches 75
5 Imagination: The Workshop of the Mind 91
The Fifth Step to Riches
6 Organized Planning: The Crystallization of Desire into Action 105
The Sixth Step to Riches
7 Decision: The Mastery of Procrastination 149
The Seventh Step to Riches
8 Persistence: The Sustained Effort Necessary to Induce Faith 163
The Eighth Step to Riches
9 Power of the Master Mind: The Driving Force 181
The Ninth Step to Riches
10 The Mystery of Sex Transmutation 189
The Tenth Step to Riches
11 The Subconscious Mind: The Connecting Link 211
The Eleventh Step to Riches
12 The Brain: A Broadcasting and Receiving Station for Thought 219
The Twelfth Step to Riches
13 The Sixth Sense: The Door to the Temple of Wisdom 227
The Thirteenth Step to Riches
Epilogue: How to Outwit the 6 Ghosts of Fear 239
Take Inventory of Yourself