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

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

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By (author) Tom Butler-Bowdon

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  • Publisher: NICHOLAS BREALEY PUBLISHING
  • Format: Paperback | 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 25mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 16 March 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1857883233
  • ISBN 13: 9781857883237
  • Sales rank: 105,690

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Thousands of books have been written offering the 'secrets' to personal potential, 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? Tom Butler-Bowden has cut through a vast field of writing to bring you the essential ideas, insights and techniques from the 'literature of possibility'. From 50 legendary works that span the world's religions, cultures, philosophies, and centuries, the author summarizes each classic's key ideas and assesses its merits for the time-strapped reader. The 50 classics examined here - fro the ancient teachings of Buddha and Lao-Tzu and the character-building works of Benjamin Franklin and Samuel Smiles, to contemporary bestsellers such as EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE, LEARNED OPTIMISM and THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE - represent the very best of what has become known only since the early 20th century as 'self-help'. 50 SELF-HELP CLASSICS is the first and only 'bite-sized' introduction to the classic works of life transformation - a unique guide that acknowledges everyone's yearning for a more meaningful and successful life, yet appreciates that each of us is inspired by different philosophies and ideas.

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Tom Butler-Bowdon. a former writer on government policy for the NSW Cabinet Office in Australia, lives in Oxford where he runs a self-help classics website, www.butler.bowdon.com

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'A tremendous resource for anyone seeking a bite-sized look at the philosophies of many self-help legends, including sacred scriptures of different traditions.Because the range and depth of the sources are so huge, the cumulative reading effect is amazing. Alternatively, it educates and edifies, affirms and inspires. Often both.' --Stephen R. Covey, author of THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE 'This is an exceptional and diverse collection for anyone interested in understanding the possibilities of the self.' --Ellen Langer, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, author of MINDFULNESS 'Butler-Bowden has summarized some of the most remarkable thoughts - thoughts with wisdom, I must add - that will enlighten and lead the reader to understand the very nature of human nature. It will soon become the 51st classic!' --Warren Bennis, author of ON BECOMING A LEADER, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration, University of Southern California