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50 Self-Help Classics: 50 Inspirational Books to Transform Your Life from Timeless Sages to Contemporary Gurus Paperback – January 30, 2003


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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing (January 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857883233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857883237
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A tremendous resource for anyone seeking a bite-sized look at the philosophies of many self-help legends, including sacred scriptures of different traditions.
Because the range and depth of the sources are so huge, the cumulative reading effect is amazing. Alternatively, it educates and edifies, affirms and inspires. Often both" — Stephen R Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

"This is an exceptional and diverse collection for anyone interested in understanding the possibilities of the self" — Ellen Langer, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, author of Mindfulness

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Life-transforming insights from timeless sages to contemporary gurus.

Experience, as never-before, the words and ideas of some of our deepest thinkers, spiritual teachers, and poets who represent the true inspiration for our new world:

James Allen • Robert Bly • Boethius • Alain de Botton • Dalai Lama * Ralph Waldo Emerson • Benjamin Franklin • Pierre Teilhard de Chardin * Henry David Thoreau

Explore the wisdom of ancient philosophy and religion:

Marcus Aurelius • The Bhagavad-Gita • The Bible • The teachings of Buddha in The Dhammapada • Lao-Tzu’s The Way of Power.

Learn from contemporary philosophers and inspirational gurus:

Martha Beck • William Bridges • David Burns • Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers • Richard Carlson • Dale Carnegie • Deepak Chopra • Paulo Coehlo * Stephen Covey

• Mihaly Cziksentmihalyi • Wayne Dyer • Clarissa Pinkola Estes * Viktor Frankl • Shakti Gawain • Daniel Goleman • John Gray • Louise Hay * James Hillman • Susan Jeffers • Richard Koch • Ellen Langer • Maxwell Maltz Abraham Maslow • Phil McGraw • Thomas Moore • Joseph Murphy • Norman Vincent Peale • Carol Pearson • M Scott Peck • Ayn Rand • Anthony Robbins * Florence Scovell-Shinn • Martin Seligman • Samuel Smiles • Marianne Williamson


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This is the only book I've ever read that made me jealous.
Adam Khan
I recommend this book for anyone that would like a personal guide through the self help literature.
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I think this is a great book, very easy to read and gold mine of perspectives in a digestible size.
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179 of 185 people found the following review helpful By Adam Khan VINE VOICE on December 13, 2004
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This is the only book I've ever read that made me jealous. I'm the author of the book Self-Help Stuff That Works, published in 1999, and I've never come across its equal (at least in my own biased opinion) until now. Many times while reading this book I felt jealous. Tom Butler-Bowdon has done things I wish I had done. And he writes with a powerful clarity I admire.

Sometimes an author can say what another author has said, but say it clearer and better than the original author. Tom has done that in these pages. He often gets across the message of the original book with far more clarity and punch than the original ever had.

Each classic has its own chapter and each chapter is wonderfully short. There is never a dull moment. The book has a lot of nice features too: pithy quotes from the original book, a summary of the main point of each classic, and recommended books in a similar vein. At the end of each chapter is a short biography of the author. While reading this book I could feel that the author was really making sure I got my money's worth (and he succeeded).

I have already read most of the fifty books, and it was wonderful to have the meat of those books extracted and laid bare. With Tom's book in my possession, I can now review one of these classics quickly and easily. Repetition is vital to learning, and yet I often don't re-read books because it is so time-consuming, even though I know I could be helped by a review of the material. Now I can review them without investing a lot of time.

Tom clearly didn't choose these fifty books based on popularity. This is an excellent selection. The fifty classics are well-chosen and represent a balanced coverage of the field.
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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 21, 2005
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In both this volume and in 50 Success Classics, Butler-Bowdon has selected and then provided a rigorous examination of carefully selected works which have had, for decades, a profound impact on those who read them and then applied the principles which their respective authors affirm. In this instance, inspiration and guidance to transform one's life. There are several reasons why I hold this volume in such high regard. Here are three.

First, Butler-Bowdon has assembled excerpts and focused on key points from a wide variety of works which include (with authors listed in alphabetical order, as in the book), Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, Robert Bly's Iron John, Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers' The Power of Myth, Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People, the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler's The Art of Happiness, Wayne Dyer's Real Magic, Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self-Reliance, Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography, Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, Abraham Maslow's Motivation and Personality, Thomas Moore's Care of the Soul, Joseph Murphy's The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, and Henry David Thoreau's Walden. Obviously, some of this material would also be appropriate for inclusion in 50 Success Classics.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By K. DAVID on November 9, 2006
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If you've read self-help books, and seen the true benefits that this style of literature can offer, you know that of the hundreds of pages you read in a typical book, the real value can be boiled down to a few pages on the greatest lesson offered. This book does just that over and over. It hits you with the key ideas, backs it up, and cross-references it to other books that make a similar point in different ways. Incredibly valuable if you're interested in making sense of and categorizing the vast improvements to self, that self-help points you in the direction of.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lee Say Keng on October 27, 2006
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50 Self-Help Classics: 50 Inspirational Books to Transform Your Life, From Timeless Sages to Contemporary Gurus
50 Success Classics: Winning Wisdom for Life and Work from 50 Landmark Books
50 Spiritual Classics: Timeless Wisdom from 50 Great Books on Inner Discovery, Enlightenment and Purpose

In the first instance, I have bought these three books in one go because I have been fascinated by what the author had done: He has practised what is known as the highest level of reading. Mortimer Adler, in his classic book, 'How to Read a Book', written in the forties, had called it 'syntopical reading'. It's actually reading a number of books of the same genre, more or less simultaneously & then synthesising the key points.

Secondly, the author, who is a graduate of the London School of Economics, somehow impresses me with his ability to synthesise the big picture of each of the books that made up the entire collection. For apparently a left-brain thinker i.e. economist by training, this has been a very remarkable feat, as his synthesising endeavour has been essentially more of a right-brain activity. Well, I must compliment him for a job well done.

Before my final decision on buying the three books, I have been thrilled by the prospect of reading three books, which in turn will give me access to one hundred & fifty books.

For each book, the author has very artfully as well as skillfully selected fifty books to made up one collection. I may not agree with his selection, but I must admit that I can't default him at all.

Take the first book, '50 Self Help Classics', with timeless wisdom, as an example. Out of the fifty books he has selected, I have read only seventeen of them. I have those books in my personal library.
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