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How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age Paperback – December 25, 2012
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About the Author
Dale Carnegie (1888-1955) described himself as a "simple country boy" from Missouri but was also a pioneer of the self-improvement genre. Since the 1936 publication of his first book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, he has touched millions of readers and his classic works continue to impact lives to this day.
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I also read and/or listen the original "How to Win Friends and Influence People" at least once every couple years and firmly believe in it. It is good, solid advice. I believe the concept of this book was a great idea. That is where my praise stops.
This version on the "Digital Age" however is AWEFUL. There are soooooo many metaphors, analogies, and overly forced advanced English word choices that this book is unreadable. You literally have to "digest" every paragraph on the meaning of the language alone. It made this a painful read. I wonder if the authors were sitting around trying to make themselves sound smart or see how complex they can make this book. If Dale Carnegie were around today, he would be scratching his head in disgust. After all the original concept of this book was for the reader to function in any scenario, not to insult his/her intelligence. The original book was written for the common person which is why the it was such a success.
Take my advice skip this version and read the original instead.
There are a lot of negative reviews that have somehow been voted to the top. I am not sure I have ever seen this happen where an item has 4.5 stars but not a single 4 or 5 star review made it in the top reviews. Very interesting indeed!
A quote from the book is fitting here.
"If you need to discuss a mistake or gaffe that somebody made, its best to do it in person or over the phone. Save your written communication for praise and constructive advice."
Other areas of the book for this digital world were very enlightening as well. The proven fact for instance that the internet while availing us many conveniences in the way of information, has made us more shallow thinkers, more impatient with each other, (service personnel, friends and loved ones). A famous movie critic in 2010 was noted as saying that there is a skitterish quality to this generation, not considerate of others, only in the getting of theirs, and quickly.
You know that sense of isolation you feel when a person is using a device in your presence or that eye contact with another human that is impeded while they are sending a text or otherwise disallowing a form of interaction that was once taken for granted?
While this book is not a cure for that it is certainly a balm in recognizing when you yourself have trampled over someone's feelings by negating their importance in your life. All people are important. The checker at the market lighting up when you speak her name! (its right there on her name tag!)
Also, remembering people's names is not easy. But is one of the most crucial areas of being successful in all aspects of human contact. This is a fact from the original Carnegie text that has lost none of its impact. I find the more I say a person's name the easier it is to remember, and it personalizes the thought I am trying to bring across to them.
I was shocked when the book ended. I wanted more. It is definitely on my re-read list.
A couple more quotes from the book I liked though the whole of the book "must" be taken in, these but snippets:
"He who sows courtesy reaps friendship."
"Giving away credit is a magical multiplier."
"Questions allow you to create a conversation-in any medium-that can lead to a better place for all involved. And it allows everybody to feel that they were involved in shaping the outcome."
I became a better, re-wired and "more connected" human being.