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Millions of us are drawn each year to find the one great book that will capture our imagination and inspire us to chart a course to personal and professional fulfillment. 50 Success Classics is the first and only ‘bite-sized’ guide to the most important and inspiring works that have already demonstrated their power to change lives.


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Millions of us are drawn each year to find the one great book that will capture our imagination and inspire us to chart a course to personal and professional fulfillment. 50 Success Classics is the first and only ‘bite-sized’ guide to the most important and inspiring works that have already demonstrated their power to change lives.

30 review for 50 Success Classics: Winning Wisdom For Work & Life From 50 Landmark Books

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    A brief synopsis and summary of 50 books on maximizing success. This gave me recommendations on a few books I’d like to look further at and many that felt dated.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Loy Machedo

    Simply put, this volume compiled by Tom Butler Bowdon gives you a Brief of the Best of the best Success Classics of all times. The Authors & Books are as follows: 1) Horatio Alger Ragged Dick (1867) 2) Warren Bennis On Becoming A Leader (1989) 3) Frank Bettger How I Raised Myself From Failure To Success in Selling (1947) 4) Kenneth Blanchard & Spencer Johnson The One Minute Manager (1981) 5) Edward Bok The Americanization of Edward Bok (1921) 6) Claude M Bristol The Magic of Believing (1948) 7) Andrew Simply put, this volume compiled by Tom Butler Bowdon gives you a Brief of the Best of the best Success Classics of all times. The Authors & Books are as follows: 1) Horatio Alger Ragged Dick (1867) 2) Warren Bennis On Becoming A Leader (1989) 3) Frank Bettger How I Raised Myself From Failure To Success in Selling (1947) 4) Kenneth Blanchard & Spencer Johnson The One Minute Manager (1981) 5) Edward Bok The Americanization of Edward Bok (1921) 6) Claude M Bristol The Magic of Believing (1948) 7) Andrew Carnegie Autobiography (1920) 8) Chin-ning Chu Thick Face Black Heart (1992) 9) George S Clason The Richest Man in Babylon (1926) 10) Robert Collier Secrets of the Ages (1926) 11) Jim Collins Good To Great (2001) 12) Russel H Conwell Acres of Diamonds (1921) 13) Stephen R Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (1989) 14) Michael Dell Direct From Dell (1999) 15) Henry Ford My Life and Work (1922) 16) Benjamin Franklin The Way To Wealth (1758) 17) Timothy Gallwey The Inner Game of Tennis (1974) 18) Robin Gerber Leadership The Eleanor Roosevelt Way (2003) 19) Jean Paul Getty How To Be Rich (1961) 20) Les Giblin How to Have Power and Confidence In Dealing With People (1956) 21) Baltasar Gracian The Art of Worldly Wisdom (1647) 22) Earl G Graves How To Succeed in Business Without Being White (1997) 23) Napoleon Hill Think and Grow Rich (1937) 24) Napoleon Hill & W Clement Stone Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude (1960) 25) Tom Hopkins The Official Guide to Success (1982) 26) Muriel James & Dorothy Jongeward Born To Win (1971) 27) Spencer Johnson Who Moved My Cheese? (1998) 28) Robert Kiyosaki Rich Dad, Poor Dad (1997 ) 29) David Landes The Wealth and Poverty of Nations (1998) 30) Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz The Power of Full Engagement (2003) 31) Roger Lowenstein Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist (1995) 32) Nelson Mandela Long Walk To Freedom (1994) 33) Orison Swett Marden Pushing To The Front (1894) 34) JW Marriott Jnr The Spirit To Serve (1997) 35) Margot Morrell & Stephanie Capparell Shackleton's Way (2001) 36) Donald T Phillips Lincoln On Leadership (1992) 37) Catherine Ponder The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity (1962) 38) Cheryl Richardson Take Time For Your Life (1998) 39) Anthony Robbins Unlimited Power (1986) 40) David Schwartz The Magic of Thinking Big (1959 ) 41) Florence Scovel Shinn Secret Door to Success (1940) 42) Thomas J Stanley The Millionaire Mind (2000) 43) Brian Tracy Maximum Achievement (1993) 44) Sun Tzu The Art of War (4th century BCE) 45) Sam Walton Made in America (1992) 46) Wallace Wattles The Science of Getting Rich (1910) 47) Jack Welch Jack: Straight From the Gut (2001) 48) John Whitmore Coaching For Performance (1992, 2008) 49) Richard Wiseman The Luck Factor (2003) 50) Zig Ziglar See You At The Top (1975) Good points about this book 1) The book proved to be a refresher course in giving the gist and overall feel & understanding of the all-time greats. 2) It serves as a compass in case you are seeking to invest in your own library. 3) The summary presented for each book is brief, to the point and gives you both the essence of what the book is about and about the author in general. Also, the smart use of recurring phrases like ‘In a Nutshell’, ‘Final Comments’ and ‘About the Author’ makes it very easy for the readers to follow the author and avoid confusion. Not so good points about this book 1) The author tries to cover too much ground in one single book. Given the sheer number of books mentioned, I feel the author could still have elaborated yet some more. 2) Some of the books like Maximum Achievement, See You at the Top, The Luck Factor, Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude are classics alright – but I personally feel they are outdated. The impact & power they possessed at one point of time has faded into the oblivion. 3) Though some of the books the author has praised so generously, I my humble opinion, I do not think they are as exciting or amazing as presented. Moment of Truth A great summarized version of 50 books with a great bio of the author at the end – all made to fit together into one single book. It is a good to have with you. Overall Ratings 7 out of 10. Entertaining. Loy Machedo loymachedo.com | loymachedo.tv

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    This book contains brief summaries of the contents of 50 other books, 45 of which I was never going to read. Anyway, it turns out that to get ahead in life you have to look out for opportunity, be diligent, learn from your mistakes, and work really hard. Lots of overlap, most lessons pretty solid, some a little offensive I guess. Not a lifechanger.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    "Successful people all shared the ability to pick themselveds up after failure." "Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare." "Grit is staying true to one things despite all the difficulties that arise." "Fortune gives larger rewards to those who wait." "Be excessive in perfection but moderate about showing it. The brighter the torch, the more it consumes itself and the less it lasts. To win true esteem, make yourself scarce." "Have the courage to seek your highest purpose instead of simply looking for "Successful people all shared the ability to pick themselveds up after failure." "Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare." "Grit is staying true to one things despite all the difficulties that arise." "Fortune gives larger rewards to those who wait." "Be excessive in perfection but moderate about showing it. The brighter the torch, the more it consumes itself and the less it lasts. To win true esteem, make yourself scarce." "Have the courage to seek your highest purpose instead of simply looking for another job."

  5. 4 out of 5

    cizi

    Good reference book; each synopsis begins with a 1-2 sentence called “In a Nutshell”. Personally, this covers a number of books that I have no intention of ever reading cover-to-cover so, I'm grateful for Butler-Bowdon for capturing these gems of wisdom. Kenneth Blanchard & Spencer Johnson, One Minute Manager - Key to training someone to do a new task is to catch them doing something approximately right until they can eventually do it exactly right - Discipline doesn't work with people who aren't s Good reference book; each synopsis begins with a 1-2 sentence called “In a Nutshell”. Personally, this covers a number of books that I have no intention of ever reading cover-to-cover so, I'm grateful for Butler-Bowdon for capturing these gems of wisdom. Kenneth Blanchard & Spencer Johnson, One Minute Manager - Key to training someone to do a new task is to catch them doing something approximately right until they can eventually do it exactly right - Discipline doesn't work with people who aren't secure in what they're doing, only encouragement does - Praise gets them going in the right direction Edward Bok, The Americanization of Edward Bok - Work for your own success but ensure your achievements lift up the wider community Claude M Bristol, The Magic of Believing - We don't achieve deeply felt goals by action alone but are helped along depending on the quality and intensity of our belief that they will be achieved Roger Lowenstein, Warren Buffett - Buffet is a risk taker in the sense that he's been willing to bet 25% of Berkshire Hathaway on 1 stock but not a gambler because he only looks for sure-fire things. - Buffett had always craved and had always felt enriched by continuity. To work with the same people, to own the same stocks, to be in the same businesses; hanging on was a metaphor for his life. Andrew Carnegie, The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie - Be voracious in your learning and ensure that others benefit from your intellectual and monetary wealth. -These relationships weren't cultivated so that he could name-drop but so that he could learn directly from their unique knowledge and experience. -Always seek out interesting people. Chin-ning Chu, Thick Face and Black Heart -What you believe about yourself, the world will believe about you -Wealth comes from selling what's unique about you in terms of a product or just you as a person. Although money itself is a mystery, whatever best expresses your brilliance will inevitably lead you to wealth. George S Clason, The Richest Man in Babylon -Wealth, if it didn't actually create happiness, it certainly enhanced the quality of life. It made it possible to furnish a house well, wear good clothing, build temples for the gods, sail the seas, or eat exotic foods from distant lands. Secrets of the Ages, Robert Collier -If you have a single powerful purpose, you will have the courage to act on your ideas When you strongly desire something and believe that you will have it, it sets in motion a mental whirlpool that sucks in the things, people, and circumstances necessary to enable its realization. You develop a momentum that allows you to continue achieving but with less energy. -The greatest discoveries came from a person that actually noticed something that everyone else had seen -The biggest fortunes were made out of opportunities that many had but only one person grasped. -Great souls have wills, feebles ones only have wishes. -Faith is not spirtual, it's rational. Singularity of purpose can produce a relaxed knowing Russel H Conwell, Acres of Diamond -You need to develop an open-mind to spot the obvious. -You must make yourself necessary to the world -Make yourself a medium for good Stephen R Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People -No one ever drifts into meaningful success -Purpose shapes destiny. Having some idea of where you end up is a valuable exercise. -You improve the world around you not by forcing solutions on it but by drawing out better outcomes from those involved Les Giblin, How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing with People -Speak through third-persons to be continued...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Esther

    This book was the perfect introduction to the success genre for me. I would never have picked up the books summarised in here, would never have even thought they could be useful to me, without reading this. There are maybe only a half dozen that I will go out of my way to read now, but even so, I've taken pages and pages of notes on the insights I found in the summaries, so it's been a book of tremendous value to me. I thought about abandoning the book halfway through, only because it was a hard This book was the perfect introduction to the success genre for me. I would never have picked up the books summarised in here, would never have even thought they could be useful to me, without reading this. There are maybe only a half dozen that I will go out of my way to read now, but even so, I've taken pages and pages of notes on the insights I found in the summaries, so it's been a book of tremendous value to me. I thought about abandoning the book halfway through, only because it was a hard slog at times to force myself to read something fairly academic, but I'm so glad I persisted as I made lots more notes on important points. Not every chapter had value for me, but many, many of them did.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Toufic Hamzeh

    A shortcut to discover the top 50 books of all time in success and business domain. Highly recommended, I loved the highlights taken from the books mentioned that can give a push regardless you read the original book or not, and this is the real turning point of this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Erwin

    Tom Butler-Bowdon's books are like a set of Cliff Notes. I haven't found Tom's summaries to be useful as a replacement for reading the books he references, but it is a good way to find other books that you may be interested in. Many of the 50 were books that I've already read, but there were a few pleasant surprises that I hadn't heard about and now I'm planning to pick up: Edward Bok The Americanization of Edward Bok (1921) George S Clason The Richest Man in Babylon (1926) Timothy Gallwey The I Tom Butler-Bowdon's books are like a set of Cliff Notes. I haven't found Tom's summaries to be useful as a replacement for reading the books he references, but it is a good way to find other books that you may be interested in. Many of the 50 were books that I've already read, but there were a few pleasant surprises that I hadn't heard about and now I'm planning to pick up: Edward Bok The Americanization of Edward Bok (1921) George S Clason The Richest Man in Babylon (1926) Timothy Gallwey The Inner Game of Tennis (1974) JW Marriott Jnr The Spirit To Serve (1997) Anthony Robbins Unlimited Power (1986) David Schwartz The Magic of Thinking Big (1959 ) Thomas J Stanley The Millionaire Mind (2000) Zig Ziglar See You At The Top (1975) Most interesting is the "Inner Game of Tennis". Definitely wouldn't have found that without Butler-Bowdon's recommendation. Finished this on my first ever Bullet Train ride to Beijing (just a few days after the new line opened).

  9. 5 out of 5

    David Hooper

    This is a great book. It was a great refresher for the books I've already read and a great introduction to books I wouldn't have thought to read otherwise. The author does a good job of summarizing the material covered in a quality way that is easy to understand and I'm looking forward to reading other books in the "50 Classics" series. Some of the books covered here: Ragged Dick The One Minute Manager Buffett - Making of an American Capitalist Autobiography of Andrew Canegie Thick Face, Black Heart - This is a great book. It was a great refresher for the books I've already read and a great introduction to books I wouldn't have thought to read otherwise. The author does a good job of summarizing the material covered in a quality way that is easy to understand and I'm looking forward to reading other books in the "50 Classics" series. Some of the books covered here: Ragged Dick The One Minute Manager Buffett - Making of an American Capitalist Autobiography of Andrew Canegie Thick Face, Black Heart - The Asian Path to Thriving, Winning, and Succeeding Henry Ford's My Life and Work The Wealth and Poverty of Nations Lincoln on Leadership Autobiography of Nelson Mandela Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity Magic of Thinking Big Millionaire Mind Think and Grow Rich Science of Getting Rich Good stuff. Great for any entrepreneur, self-improvement enthusiast, or salesperson.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mario Tomic

    Amazing book, got a lot of good lessons out of it and important reminders from some of the ones I've read before. This books is in essence a compilation of summaries and key elements of the top 50 success books. Since I've already read a lot of the books in the full format this was a great reminder for me. The only downside of this book for someone who hasn't gone through the materials yet would be that it has too much value in it that it's practically impossible to act on all of this good infor Amazing book, got a lot of good lessons out of it and important reminders from some of the ones I've read before. This books is in essence a compilation of summaries and key elements of the top 50 success books. Since I've already read a lot of the books in the full format this was a great reminder for me. The only downside of this book for someone who hasn't gone through the materials yet would be that it has too much value in it that it's practically impossible to act on all of this good information. Someone unfamiliar with the literature would have a hard time processing so much distilled wisdom in just 300 pages. It definitely takes months and years to implement everything that is given here, the main benefit I got from it was discovering new materials and authors on the topic of success which is very fascinating to read about.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jillian

    I love these classics series books by Tom Butler-Bowdon and now I've read them all! My favorite is the collection of spiritual classics, and there is some overlap amongst the books, but this is another great collection. I was surprised by how many of these practical and prosperity books talked about ideas that mirrored those in the bestseller The Secret, and spoke about writing down your goals-not just thinking about them. Also attracting things to you by believing you already have the goal you I love these classics series books by Tom Butler-Bowdon and now I've read them all! My favorite is the collection of spiritual classics, and there is some overlap amongst the books, but this is another great collection. I was surprised by how many of these practical and prosperity books talked about ideas that mirrored those in the bestseller The Secret, and spoke about writing down your goals-not just thinking about them. Also attracting things to you by believing you already have the goal you want. A very fast read. Fans of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance will like this.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Eric Beheler

    A nice lil summary of 50 good books. It wasnt what I expected, but still a very good book. I already read 10 of the books that this book summarized, and this book made me add about 20 more books to my TBR list. I'm glad I listened to this book because I never heard of a few titles that seem very Interesting! Such as The Inner Game Of Tennis, The Magic Of Believing, and The Dynamic Laws Of Prosperity to name a few! It would be an excellent read for someone who is wanting to get into a Personal De A nice lil summary of 50 good books. It wasnt what I expected, but still a very good book. I already read 10 of the books that this book summarized, and this book made me add about 20 more books to my TBR list. I'm glad I listened to this book because I never heard of a few titles that seem very Interesting! Such as The Inner Game Of Tennis, The Magic Of Believing, and The Dynamic Laws Of Prosperity to name a few! It would be an excellent read for someone who is wanting to get into a Personal Development reading routine!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kanske Svartfors

    I can only repeat myself: I have said the same things about his previous four 50 classics books that I have listened to. Tom Butler-Bowdon succeeds perfectly in doing what he set out to do. He presents 50 success classics extremely well and in concise manner: Clear, well written, to the point and zero filler. Butler-Bowdon kicks the ball home in giving the right amount of information and avoids all the moralizations that plague many of these kinds of books. 5/5

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mehmet Yorulmaz

    A disappointment. Purchased with high hopes but turned out to be not very useful. The summaries are very short. Mostly missing main points of the books or just touching them very roughly. I felt like I just read a publisher’s advertisement document on his newly released books. Second problem is that half of the book selections are not good. Instead of discussing 50 books, Butler should have chosen 25 and then make the summaries little bit more detailed.

  15. 5 out of 5

    LaSchelle

    Summaries of 50 of the most influencial books on the subject of success, were written from the 4th century BC to 2003. Authors included Napoleon Hill, W. Clement Stone, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandella, Warren Buffett, Andrew Carnegie, Steven R Covey, and more. He started each book with "In a Nutshell" to summarize the keys that were discussed in each of the 50 books.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Zack Applewhite

    A spark notes like summary of works on success, motivation, self-help, and financial gains. Followed by comparisons of thoughts, applications, explanations, and a dive into each author. Great book to help you find the next few books you want to read and cut out the ones you likely would not have found interesting or helpful.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Wilson

    Loved it. It was like having Cliff Notes to some of the best "success" oriented books out there. I had read a good portion of the books over the years and it helped jog my memory. Definitely worth the time.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lincoln

    I listened to this in audiobook format. I really enjoyed it. It made me want to read many of these books. I like recurring messages of optimism, and this book has that. It basically gives synopses of 50 different books on achieving personal success.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Unknown

    In fact I read this book in other language, but it is an amazing book. It helps you to choose your goal by giving you some examples from successful people such as Henry Ford. If you have a goal in this life, this book will help you to make it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    Good survey of success / business literature. Will help you get the "Cliff's Notes" on many so you don't have to read them. And will help you identify the ones you are interested in going deeper with.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jasmin.M ياسمين منصور

    3.0 a good resource & very general information for self-development (names of successful figures who influenced the world). I knew some of them but I’ve learned a couple more. In which look forward into looking up their work and get an in-depth view of their stories. 3.0 a good resource & very general information for self-development (names of successful figures who influenced the world). I knew some of them but I’ve learned a couple more. In which look forward into looking up their work and get an in-depth view of their stories.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shane

    Listened to as an audio book - lots of good info summarized.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dave Golombek

    Quick summaries of 50 books. Nice, since I'm unlikely to read many of them myself, but I added several to my to-read list.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cloay

    Good Summary of books we should have read before 30.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Quick overview of some of the success literature, so I don't have to read them all.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    I now have a list of 50 books I would like to read! Okay, not all 50. I have already read a few of them. :-)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Pranav

    Read this long time back... Gives a very good, brief and precise detail of all the books on self-help out there.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    I thought this was a great listen, like getting a bunch of cliff notes to inspirational books. However if I hear the phrase "in a nutshell" again, I will go crazy.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Major Doug

    Listened to this book: gave good synopsis on each & provided a good reading list for the future. Listened to this book: gave good synopsis on each & provided a good reading list for the future.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lori Grant

    A should-read book on entrepreneurial success stories for the knowledge worker or aspiring entrepreneur.

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