How To Win Friends And Influence People is one of the most famous books of the twentieth century. It is also one of the best selling self-help books of all time. Although the book was written in 1936, it’s popularity continued throughout the ensuing decades. Since its original publication, the book has been translated into more than fifteen languages.
While there are no shortage of self-help books to choose from, Dale Carnegie’s is one of the most influential of its ilk. His book was the first to use the term “self-help” to describe a style of communication. In particular, the book is centered on the art of effective speaking.
The book is packed with entertaining stories from successful people. For example, there’s a tale about a little boy who wrote a letter to Kaiser Wilhelm. After receiving the letter, Kaiser was deeply moved.
The book is chock full of other interesting tidbits. There are a number of other books on the subject, but How To Win Friends and Influence People is a definite must-read.
Although the book was a success, it was rewritten over and over again. Ultimately, the book was updated to include more contemporary material. A new edition was published in 2005. Several years later, a sequel was released, called How To Win Friends and Influence People for Teen Girls. This new edition is designed to appeal to the digital generation.
It’s not surprising, then, that the book is a bestseller. Carnegie’s witticisms have proven to be a gold mine of wisdom, and his advice has been applied by countless thousands of people.