I bought this book one day whilst surfing 'The Book Depository' website and thought, having glanced at the title, that this book would benefit me very much. Indeed it has, and to a certain extent, should I remember it, (and I know I most certainly will) will benefit me in the future. While I haven't had the moment to use these skills listed here, I applaud Carnegie for his optimistic and thought provoking self-help guide.
His narration is brilliant and the stories included are inspirational. The sections are also nicely divided with witty titles and a summary of the skills learnt in each chapter. Quotes from notable persons are also utilised and helps to balance the book from becoming a sermon of what should be done or what one should do; instead Carnegie leads us his expertise and guides us to see that in leadership positions or any position of authority whatsoever, that tact and respect is what wins the most. This is true and I have learnt many skills here.
I know many naysayers will dismiss this book as unnecessary and just an opportunistic drivel of a book to what we as humans already know, however, don't believe them, instead, as shown in this guide, try and sympathise with them - they are missing out on a lifetime supply of happiness! Yes, it is true that this book can be summed up as just a 'Be nice' attitude to others, but to assume that mentality is to do Carnegie a disservice. This guide is more than that. It is a series of skills that you will learn that will benefit you for more years to come, and guided by Carnegie's sincere narration, you will become familiar not only with the techniques here but also with Carnegie himself, who, judging from his tone seems like such a nice man (shame he isn't alive anymore).
My one criticism stands, however, that this book's stories no longer reflect today's examples and that, readers can argue, is the only fault of this guide, especially for readers who require more explanation as to how and why certain tactics work. But, to completely rely on this guide is foolish; one must always try to experiment with techniques and see which works for him or her. This book is indeed 'timeless' in its merit and in its examples, and will certainly cater for those who require a little push in persuading people in business or in personal situations to do what they want. An important thing to remember is that these techniques only work if it comes from the heart.
And if you're reading this, I challenge you to give it a go. After all, I know you are a great reader and appreciate wonderful literature to read, so here is the opportunity. I bet you can't finish it one day!show more