50 Self-Help Classics: 50 Inspirational Books to Transform Your Life from Timeless Sages to Contemporary Gurus

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Thousands of books have been written offering the 'secrets' to personal fulfillment and happiness: how to walk The Road Less Traveled, Win Friends and Influence People, or Awaken the Giant Within. But which are the all-time classics? Which ones really can change your life? Bringing you the essential ideas, insights and techniques from 50 legendary works from Lao-Tzu to Benjamin Franklin to Paulo Coelho, 50 Self-Help Classics is a unique guide to the great works of life transformation.

Product Details

  • Series: 50 Classics
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing; 42356th edition (January 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857883233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857883237
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Customer Reviews

Truly a rare treasure.

201 people found this helpful.
 on December 13, 2004
By Adam Khan
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.

A brilliant introduction to the "literature of possibility"

65 people found this helpful.
 on September 21, 2005
By Robert Morris
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.

Amazing reference

21 people found this helpful.
 on November 9, 2006
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.

I strongly believe the three books in the author’s trilogy are really an intellectual treasure!

15 people found this helpful.
 on October 27, 2006
By Lee Say Keng
50 Self-Help Classics: 50 Inspirational Books to Transform Your Life, From Timeless Sages to Contemporary Gurus

Absolutely first class introduction to self-help

6 people found this helpful.
 on October 7, 2003
By Tim Burness
Tom Butler-Bowdon has put together a superb collection of short reviews of self-help books here. Although I had read many of the featured authors already, there is such a broad range in the chosen 50 that I suspect most other seasoned self-help readers would benefit as I did. For beginners and those curious about the self-help publishing phenomenon, this could indeed be “the only self-help book you will ever need” as they say!

Superb Motivational Bestsellers Summaries

6 people found this helpful.
 on January 28, 2004
By Zev Saftlas
“What a great book! Taking 50 self help classics and puting the core message of each author of some 250-400 page books into 3-5 pages is no easy feat. But Tom has done exactly that.

Great Index of Success Titles

8 people found this helpful.
 on March 18, 2010
By Beatrice S
This book could be either great or just OK, depending what you expect or want from it. What it delivers is an index of 50 top self help books. It gives you a brief outline of the books, with some key points from each text. In a sense it is giving you a brief introduction to each book. If this is all you want, then it is a great book.

Fantastic Compendium

5 people found this helpful.
 on February 19, 2003
By Aaron Calder
This is a fantastic compendium of ideas, elegantly presented and superbly described and selected by the author. If you want to get the best insights into how to change your life, it is all here. Butler-Bowdon will whet your appetite and I confidently predict that you will buy one of the books he summarises, and then another, and then another … because his judgment is so good.

Informative, inspiring and satisfying

5 people found this helpful.
 on May 5, 2003
By Giselle Rosario
Butler-Bowdon�s book is just the kind of book one would hope to find in this genre. I had picked it up with the intent of browsing through some of the summaries, but quickly found myself going from one summary to the next, and the next. Each classic is discussed in uncomplicated prose, with Butler-Bowdon�s own inimitable wit and insight. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is so much more than a simple summation of key principles but in fact manages to convincingly give us a sense of how each author and their respective classic came to fruition. It�s the kind of book that�s almost guaranteed to invigorate your sense of purpose. It makes one want to �suck the marrow out of life� and we all need such reminding every now and then.

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