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

Immersing yourself in material like this can be truly life changing ~ Valuable collection of works from many authors

3 people found this helpful.
 on February 4, 2017
By Expressed Reviews
I read self-help books all the time, as I find them to be very inspirational and beneficial to maintaining a positive state of mind. During a search for a new book to read, I came across this volume of 50 self-help classics. In many ways, the information presented here is even better than what you’ll find in a book by a particular author. This isn’t meant to diminish the impact that full length self-help books have had on me, but only to drive home the point that the basic ideas in many of the books can be summarized in a few pages or even paragraphs. This particular collection is a fantastic starting point on ones journey of enlightenment. Perhaps it’s all that some people will ever need or want. For me, since I’ve read the vast majority of books presented here ages ago, this provides me with a wonderful opportunity to expose myself to material that I’ve long ago forgotten.

A brilliant introduction to the "literature of possibility"

66 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 overview of the different thinkers and their unique contributions …

2 people found this helpful.
 on July 28, 2016
By Alfonso Cuevas
Amazing overview of the different thinkers and their unique contributions through their theories. Can be red from begining to end, or simply open a random chapter any time. To me, It is like opening a new window to a different place, and fresh air running, each time I read any of the 50 book summaries. Activating mi inner awareness and desire to keep learning and growing.

Summaries of books you might want to read

One person found this helpful.
 on February 5, 2016
By Mark
I was introduced to new books thanks to these summaries. It’s a shame to not know about great resources. This book points to some of them. And if they are outside what you enjoy or outside your convictions (some of the books are quite nonChristian) no need to buy them. The author is blunt about where the authors comes from.

Very Insightful, Offers Numerous Prospectives

One person found this helpful.
 on October 2, 2016
By Chris Holmes
By far my favorite book. I love how much variety it offers. I typically read 1-2 summaries in one sitting which is about 10-12 pages. This alone is enough for my mind to reflect for hours and hours.

a keeper

One person found this helpful.
 on February 26, 2013
By Tracy
What an inspiration!

I was able through these beautiful books to get to know the best writers

 on February 2, 2016
By Amazon Customer
I was able through these beautiful books to get to know the best writers, thinkers, philosophers, spiritual teachers, motivators, etc… each one in just few pages. From there on I started buying the best books of the writers I read about. Thank you Tom Butler-Bowdon for giving this unique opportunity to your readers.

Compact read

 on May 8, 2017
By Mike
I like this book. It gives me a very good idea of many books within short period of time. It is very compact. Every book is explained in 2-3 pages.

Five Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on January 28, 2017
By Gail Reed
Great overview of many of the classics.

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.

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