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Though the author himself admits his lessons are "old-fashioned but wholesome," he nevertheless delivers stern but well-intentioned lectures on such commonsense concepts as the importance of learning from failure, how work is the best teacher, and the value of thrift, gentility, and honesty, all peppered with examples of such noble industry from the lives of writers, scientists, artists, inventors, educators, philanthropists, missionaries, and--gulp!--martyrs. It's as if all paternal wisdom had been reduced to a single book. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Everyone I know would benefit from reading this fine book. Do yourself a favor and get this book.Published 4 months ago by Kerstin Spremulli
This review is for the Angelnook Publishing Book.
I loaned out my old copy and never got it back, so just bought a new copy.... Read more
Samuel Smiles was the icon of "self help" proponents and a non-fiction rags-to-riches story-teller who set the standard for all such later to come. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jacob Garbuz
I have the condensed version of 'Self Help' released by I.E.A. in 2009 as a free e-book [43 pages]. It is a worthy read, a bit old [from 1866], but it still has some grand ideas. Read morePublished 7 months ago by James MacDonald
Don't feel like I can give it a fair rating because I didn't read much of it. It just wasn't what I was looking for bPublished 11 months ago by Angie
I'm sorry to say I found the book impossible to read! It has endless chapters written so intensly that I got tired before I even started. Read morePublished 12 months ago by AP1
This is a fun book both historically and personally. Its basic message is that we are largely responsible for the quality of our own lives. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Merrill Gee
A long read but a great book gives you different perspectives on different things. I recommend this book easy to understand too.Published 17 months ago by Dan Parden