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Think And Grow Rich Paperback – 7 Oct 2004
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About the Author
About the Author: The author of Think And Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill had a long, fruitful career. He had worked as a consultant to many business leaders. He was also a successful author and lecturer. His book Think And Grow Rich has been a bestselling book, making him prosperous and famous. He established his own non-profit educational institution named Napoleon Hill Foundation, which aims to implement Hill's philosophies. Dr. Arthur R. Pell has contributed in the updated edition of this book. He has published more than fifty books on topics such as management and career-planning.
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About the publisher : Amazing Reads. This is my first ever book from Amazing Reads, and I am surely impressed. A very well made book for a very modest price. But there is only one thing that struck me very hard. Among the publication details of the book given on the second page, just after the profile of the author, there is a passage which goes on to say that this book is based on the copyright free version of the title and only uses extracted material from the 1937 edition of the original book. This was a big let down for me for the following two reasons : 1) It is "based" on the original work ! That is a big disappointment. I would have never ordered a book the purpose or the objective of it is to explain another book, when that another book is a Self help book. In a way, you are buying another book to help you with a Self help book, which is really weird. Though this could be my own issue. 2) It uses "extracts" from the original work ! Is not this a dilution or may be aggrandizement of the points mentioned in the original work ? There is another element of subjectivity added in this book by the person who extracted material from the original work by adding fillers and materials to fill in the voids and gaps, so that the whole essence may be there, but the objectivity of the original author is lost. May be the publisher should have put in the message on the first page rather than on the not so conspicuous second page which I suppose might not have been noticed by thousands of people. So the publisher gets : 3/5
About the book : The context in which this book was written was post Great Depression of 1929-30, or 1937 to be exact. Have the secrets to success since then changed ? Do men need the mantras mentioned in this book to survive a fast changing environment embracing us ? There are many questions such as these which you feel rising within yourselves the moment you reach the crucial portions of the book. While I wouldn't disregard the tricks and tips mentioned in this book altogether, but some points seem out of place and highly irrelevant today. Also there is the fact that very terrible jingoist proclamations seem to be hidden in some passages which try to scream out of the pages the greatness of the American folk. The "rant" against trade union movements also seem somewhat biased. I am not particularly surprised since the author openly vows his support for the capitalist economy and all that it stands for. I, personally didn't seem to connect with any of the "secrets to success" mentioned in the book. The blame largely lies on me, since the book wants you to follow the steps mentioned in it to achieve all that it claims. And unless and until you follow the book diligently, the blame for your failures lies solely on you.The book is not entirely unhelpful. Some ideas here and there do seem to have an impact on you. But on the whole, the book falls short of the binding impact and force you would expect from such a kind of book. This was my first self help book and I must say I have grown immune to them. So like the heading, if you have already read a self help book and found it useful, go for this, else ponder over the headline of this review.
I've already reviewed this book - Think And Grow Rich ('revised and updated edition' by Arthur R Pell) Published 7 October 2004 by RHUK.
But I ordered a second copy of the same title mainly after coming across a review of the revised edition on Amazon.com where one of the reviewer warned buyers to not go with newer/revised edition because it was abridged and missed a lot of information when compared with the original unabridged edition. Well I had got myself the revised/updated R Pell's edition at that time, thinking revised new print will have more content added into it. But as it turned out otherwise, I really did not want to miss a single word from Napoleon Hill's timeless classic, so I thought of going through and here's my review for the Original Unabridged 1937 Edition - Think And Grow Rich.
So to answer the questions, does the updated edition which happens to be abridged miss any chapters? Surprisingly, yes. Do we lose a lot of information? Well, not really but it's a question of authorship.
Let me explain, the first couple of chapters - Chapter 1: The Secret Of Success, Chapter 2: Thoughts Are Things from the 'Original Edition' are in fact missing in the Arthur R Pell's Updated Edition. I really wanted to make sure, so after going through the two chapters in the Original Edition and reading the updated edition, I learnt that Arthur R Pell has sort of paraphrased those two chapters into one single chapter called 'The Power Of Thought'- (Chapter 1 in newer edition). From then on, the Chapter titles are almost the same in both books apart from Arthur R Pell's lag a chapter behind also has updated examples/case studies. I find this not right because when I bought the newer edition book, I assumed the content would be the same and the newer edition was simply a re-print with a few more case studies/examples added to the original. It is nowhere mentioned on the book that the content itself is modified. But unfortunately, there are a lot of independent publishers who're printing Think And Grow Rich "Updated Edition". So beware of cheap reprints. But honestly speaking, Arthur R Pell has done a fair job with research looking up for newer business moguls, studying their secret to success. So I've secretly kept both the books in my shelf.
Anyway going back to the book itself, this book is still my personal favourite inspiration/self-help books that I've ever read in my life. If you are looking for inspiration or something that will motivate you to go after what you desire, this book is the start and I certainly insist you to read it as soon as possible.
This book is an in depth analysis on most successful people's life-stories and how they achieved acquiring such wealth. Napoleon Hill had spent decades researching the secret behind their riches. His research started as a poor journalist while working for Andrew Carnegie(Who was one of the richest American industrialists). Andrew Carnegie had asked him to write a case study on 500 most successful people like Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, John D. Rockefeller, George Eastman etc who were all interviewed by him. Napoleon Hill learnt the secret behind these people's success and their business empires which was formulated in the form of thirteen steps to achieving success.
The book is not just about accumulating money but tells how one can truly achieve anything if one truly desires something wholeheartedly with faith and perseverance no matter the obstacles, in the end one is the victor of life as "Only Life Is Priceless" (Re-quoting from Titanic movie).
I strongly encourage everybody to read this book no matter how old you are. Information is more less the same in both books (original and newer revised edition). There are so many books based on Napoleon Hill's success formula - it's sad they don't give enough credit. One of them I can immediately recall is The Secret By Rhonda Byrne.
For any budding entrepreneur Think And Grow Rich will certainly help a great deal as Napoleon Hill's ideas are timeless and truly life changing.
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