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"Straightforward, vigorous, pungent."  —New York Times
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Enoch Arnold Bennett (27 May 1867 – 27 March 1931) was an English writer. He is best known as a novelist, but he also worked in other fields such as journalism, propaganda and film. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Arc Manor (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979415489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979415487
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,178,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Kindle Edition
Arnold Bennett's book "How to Live on 24 Hours a Day" is an excellent piece of classic work. Arnold Bennett (for those of you who don't know) was a popular English novelist in the late 1800's and early 1900's.

This book contains timeless advice about squeezing the most out of everyday life. Everything from training your brain to concentrate to living happily is discussed in full.

The book is short enough to be read in an hour or two (around 80 pages in length), and contains sufficient humor and conversational tone to make the read extremely enjoyable.

If you're looking for practical life advice to help improve your daily quality of life, you will find no better book than this.

Also: I read this book on the Kindle, and it was rendered perfectly. It is the full version of the book, and contains no weird issues (like some of the other free kindle books do).
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Format: Hardcover
It is hard to imagine that this little book could be so persuasive. I consider it a classic, and an early precusor to many others that have attempted to demonstrate how time is our own and ours to manage and expand our boundaries of our selves. In the thirty minutes it takes to read, you will be left forever vigilant, and will never sit idle, unless you consciously choose to sit idle, while you ride a train, wait for plane, or drive home from what once may have been a routine. Read it, study it, and live again.
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Format: Hardcover
Though it was written 90 years ago, "How To Live" addresses the inadequacies, frustrations, disappointments of people today in all walks of life and it does so with humor and wisdom. A daily dose of "How To Live" is at least as nourishing for the brain and soul as a multi-vitamin for the body. Arnold Bennett created a classic of its kind, a self-help book that really helps.
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This book was recommended as a 'must read' in Dale Carnegie's 'How to develop self-confidence and influence people be public speaking' which I had picked up for a group presentation.

I immediately downloaded it onto my kindle. It is a short book. I read it about an hour and a half, and I am a slow reader.

The author is British and the book was written in 1905. So by modern standards the advice it contains may seem a little harsh and paternalistic and the language somewhat stilted. But I really enjoyed the presentation compared to many modern politically correct but stylisticaly banal works. The humor is subtle but effective. The arguments are witty and thought-provoking and ultimately persuasive.

He begins with urging us to review our day and set aside time from outside our work hours, that we often waste by doing nothing, to do something truly worthwile. He recommends literature and the arts for building self and character but acknowledges that if one truly has no inclination towards these areas then they could do whatever else they enjoy that is interesting and mentally stimulating.

Besides the activity itself, though, he urges mental discipline and reflection. He stresses that the path to self-development is difficult and requires hard work and persistence. He warns against taking on too much to start with since that could result in failure and lowered self-esteem. He also cautions against going down the path only to become an insufferable prig looking down on everyone else.

While these are some of the bare-bones points he talks about, it is his language and style that makes the book such an enjoyable and inspiring read.

Recommended.
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Format: Paperback
Many books have been written over the years attempting to tell people how to improve their lives. They usually involve living on a certain amount of money per week or month. This book was first published in 1908, and was a major bestseller. It could be considered the first self-help book, and it takes a different approach, looking at time instead of money.
Time is a very funny thing; everyone gets the same amount per day. Rich people do not get more than poor people. It's not possible to go the store and buy time. Out of that 24 hours per day, everyone must carve out a life (marriage, family, work, hobbies, religion, etc).
This book was written in a time and place (England of the early 1900s) where everyone took the train to work. One of the author's suggestions is to use that time concentrating on one thing; it doesn't matter what it is. If your mind starts wandering, hook a leash to it and bring it back. I'm not sure how well this would work today, when everyone drives to work. You say you can't concentrate for very long? Having to give a big presentation at work, or final exams in school, does a wonderful job of focusing the mind.
Then comes the evening, after the reader has gotten home from work. If this book had been written today, the author might say that occasionally vegging out in front of the TV is not a bad thing, but don't be like the average American, who does it for several hours a day, every day. Take, say, two hours a night, three nights a week, for a total of six hours. Use that time to learn a subject about which the reader is passionate, a hobby or interest. The subject can be literally anything, from A to Z. If a big subject like history is chosen, it's allowable to narrow it down to, for instance, the French Revolution or the Vietnam War.
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