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Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success Hardcover – June 7, 2011

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About the Author

NAPOLEON HILL was an American author and entrepreneur best known for Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, which has become one of the best-selling books of all time. His teachings have gone on to influence entire generations of success seekers, setting the standard for the foundations of today's motivational thinking.
SHARON LECHTER is the founder of Pay Your Family First, a financial education organization.The co-author of the international best-seller (over 27 million copies sold to date) Rich Dad, Poor Dad and 14 books in the Rich Dad series. She is now focused on expanding the knowledge of Napoleon Hill's principles and teachings in conjunction with the Napoleon Hill Foundation. The best seller Three Feet From Gold was released in October 2009.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; annotated edition edition (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402784538
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402784538
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (600 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Napoleon Hill was born in 1883 in Wise County, Virginia. He began his writing career at age 13 as a "mountain reporter" for small town newspapers and went on to become America's most beloved motivational author. His work stands as a monument to individual achievement and is the cornerstone of modern motivation. His most famous work, Think and Grow Rich, is one of the best-selling books of all time. Hill established the Foundation as a nonprofit educational institution whose mission is to perpetuate his philosophy of leadership, self-motivation, and individual achievement.

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I was literally brought up on Napoleon Hill. His writing gave me a grand foundation upon which I built much. This book, written in 1938, is both great and yet it makes one doubt the author. I'm glad the publisher and editor left the writing in the exact way it was written and didn't attempt to update the language. It's good to hear Hill's voice as we remember it, in the way he actually wrote and talked.

I was, however, concerned when he described his meeting with his "other self" and, in one instance, he became unconscious. Another time he heard a loud noise just before he got his message from his other self. These are things which, in the light of today, many people will find too much to take.

Moreover, in knowing what we now know about most of the rich people of which he talks, we know they didn't start their businesses to help others or as a service to others. We suspect that was a side-effect. Hill, however, says that success results from doing what we love as a service to others --- then the riches will come. (Ayn Rand fans beware.)

It is true the book was written just as The Great Depression was ending. That makes it especially appealing today as we struggle in The Great Recession. And much of what he says certainly is inspiring and motivational at this unique time in history. Yet, one can see why his family didn't want the manuscript published because Hill sounds a bit loony in parts of the book. But, alas, hang on. There's a method to his madness.

There is greatness here too. He, like so many others, lost everything in 1929. He saw no way to continue to teach his wealth philosophy when people were filled with fear of poverty.
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I've been pondering, reading and researching the very topic in Outwitting the Devil for decades and in this pursuit have read a thousand books on the formula for success. I must say that many, many books are excellent but over time they tend to repeat the same message in different fashion. Therefore, I've not seen anything for 20 years that separates itself from all the others, including Hill's "Think and Grow Rick"

This secret manuscript, however, is a cataclysmic event in it's publication. I'm fascinated how Napoleon Hill was able to disseminate the secrets of how our Universe REALLY works by depicting a full confession from the Devil himself, who is the destroyer of all human potential when he succeeds.

In my opinion this is the most powerful book ever written on this topic and one I've been studying nearly every day for months. Once I read 2 pages in the middle I was desperate to read it in it's entirety. I then was privileged to read the manuscript before publication thanks to Sharon Lechter and a highly esteemed friend.

This book, in my opinion, is the game changer that America is begging for given the times we are in today. It's time that we learn to rely on our own potential as our government institutions have failed us miserably and continue to do so.

I want to thank the Napoleon Hill Foundation for first having the courage to finally publish this provocative, controversial, and truthful depiction of how the Universe REALLY works nearly 75 years after Hill's death. I would also like to thank them for having the great sense to sanction someone as credible as financial literacy expert Sharon Lechter of Rich Dad Poor Dad Company fame to be the foot soldier to annotate Hill's most important work and bring it to the world.
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I love Napoleon Hill. His work will always be a "Hall of Famer" in the annals of self-help history. In many ways this work was far ahead of it's time in that he recognized the negative effects of our sacred cow institutions such as church and state in failing to teach anyone to think for themselves or provide them with the basic tools to be a self-sufficient, successful human being. He clearly saw how even something as simple as nutrition has a deleterious effect on people's ability to learn and think. Very clever presentation even if one doesn't agree with all of his ideas. I give him the 5 stars for a book idea well done.

As for Ms. Lechter - holy cow, can that woman ruin a reading experience or what? Her unnecessary and incessant kibitzing was one of the most obnoxious reading experiences I've ever had. She constantly cuts in, repeats the obvious and irritated the crap out of this reader. To her I say, "I read. I understand English. I don't care for nor want your opinion, particularly a restatement of what I just read, thank you very much". Reading this book was a lot like having someone sitting next to you in a movie who not only yaps in your ear the whole way through, but blathers on about what you just saw. Annoying as hell (trust me I'm being nice)!
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I just finished reading "Outwitting the Devil" and it is truly inspirational.

This is a must-read for any Napoleon Hill followers out there. The book is the unpublished manuscript writted by Hill as a sequel to his famous "Think and Grow Rich" and it expands on many of the principles in that book. We all know the basics of how to be successful, but this book examines how to implement them and why so many of us have this knowledge but aren't able to execute it.

Sharon Lechter's insight into Hill's original writings is inspirational as well. She draws parallels between what what written in the 1930s to what is happening in our world today. Lechter, who has written a number of bestsellers over the years, writes that this book was actually meant to be read today, not in the 30s when it was written.

I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to take their careers to the next level or anyone who is on a personal mission to better themselves. It's a book that's different from any other and you won't be disappointed!
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