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HOW TO Win Friends and Influence People [Hardcover]

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It won me over. Oct. 13 2007
By T. R.
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A classic (originally published in the 30's) and a must-have, this timeless piece of work can help just about anybody get along better with others and win them over to their way of thinking. Don't have a lot of time to spare? Don't worry. The book is divided into short sections, each one devoted to a particular principle that is well illustrated with many practical examples. In this way, you can read a chapter quickly, stop and do other things you have to do if necessary, and get back to the book when you have time- all without losing continuity.

Thoroughly entertaining by using fun and interesting examples, I don't think many readers will regret checking this one out and I like to think of this book as a kind of Human Relations 101 of sorts. Also recommend The Sixty-Second Motivator for further reading on motivational principles.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent tips, but not the bible Jan. 21 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I normally don't write reviews, but after reading the shockingly cynical comments I had to add my 2 cents.

This book is great for people who have trouble communicating, it gives valuable tips for improving self confidence when speaking, initiating conversation, remembering names and getting buy in.

While it is meant primarily to help in business relationships, I found it has been helpful in my personal life. A normally shy person, the book has helped me start conversations and meet new people. Speaking in terms of people's interests is about getting that conversation started, not about faking an interest and pretending to have the same interests.

Even though the book is titled "How to win friends .." the purpose of the book is not to literally win you friends, it's about improving communication, sales and presentation skills. There is nothing ground breaking in this book and in fact all the principles are simply principles of common sense but it helps you put them into action day-to-day.

I highly recommend this book for people who need help breaking out of their shell, for people who work in sales or give presentations, or for anyone who wants to move up in their job.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read but with caution Aug. 17 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
When I was 12 years old my best friend gave me a copy of this book and told me that I might find it interesting. He could not have been more right, for I delved deep into the book and I finished it in a matter of 2 weeks (to me it was a record to finish a book so quickly at that age!) I found the book to be very informative and entertaining at the same time. The author, Mr. Dale Carnegie, will not introduce a principle or a notion without supporting it with at least one real life story where the principle introduced was proven effective. After that point I noticed a great, almost immediate, effect on my behavior as I was growing up. I noticed that I have become a very good negotiator with my parents and teachers, more popular at school, and I even began to understand people much better than I used to prior to reading the book. I grew up believing that this book was one of the greatest factors involved in shaping my character.
Recently though, I noticed some growing criticism of the book and its teaching, and I thought that this would be a good time for me to refresh what I learned from the book and assess its quality based on the experience I've gained since the first time I read the book. So I bought the unabridged audiotapes of the book and listened to it whenever I was in the car.
Mr. Carnegie said somewhere in the book that if one thing you learn from the book, which is the ability to understand the different views of other people in different situations, then that would be enough. And I agree wholeheartedly.
My judgment is that this book will indeed teach you how to understand the motives and the different forces playing in the different people you meet.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Insincere appreciation or sincere manipulation? March 17 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book could easily be re-titled "How to Manipulate People and Act Phony," or perhaps, "The True Selfishness of the Human Ego and How to Harness to it for Your Own Personal Gain." I first found this book when I was 19 and thought, "Wow, I'll read this book and finally everyone will recognize me as the good-hearted person I am." The "Gandhian" in me still thought so naïve an objective was possible.
This book was written in 1930s vernacular for a more wide-eyed and trusting America, complete with plenty Norman Rockwellesque "good golly gee" anecdotes where everything works out happily in the end. At times such a writing style can be endearing, in some places, particularly in the chapter where the author uses the resolution of a labor strike as illustration of the effectiveness of his principles, it can verge on offensive. It is somewhat amazing that this book has not been re-written completely because, despite the resent "revision," the style and format remains quite dated and stale. If not for the CD recordings I would have never made it through, as the inflection and dramatization of the narrator brings it a bit more to life. I also bought and read an old participant handbook from the Carnegie seminar as well as the biography, "Dale Carnegie: The Man Who Influenced Millions." This helped to put this book in the appropriate historical and social context.
Though Mr. Carnegie quotes from many people in this book, including the Buddha, and the revised edition even includes a few reflections on the wisdom of Martin Luther King Jr., there really is nothing "transcendent" to be found, and such quotations are often taken garishly out of context.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent classic
Excellent classic. Good read for anyone interested in learning about personal relations.
Published 1 day ago by Charlie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Still relevant.
Published 5 days ago by Dirk
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It is a good read but I am not able to remember everything after I am done.
Published 20 days ago by teng1000
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book, shipping is fast also
Published 21 days ago by Yu Qin Wu
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all people alike!
A timeless classic!
Published 23 days ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Advice That Has Stood The Test of Time.
An excellent guidebook for life. It is wise to apply these principals to all human interaction, not just your business endeavors.
Published 1 month ago by Dorothy
5.0 out of 5 stars The core to any good relationship / individual
Great book offering insight into the fundamentals of positive human interaction. A lot of times we do not notice our subtle habits which indeed have profound implications on our... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hussein Kermally
5.0 out of 5 stars it's make difference.
it helps us to change before asking or expecting other to change.It shows different successful ways we can use to deal with people during all the day to make the life easy and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by nader
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This book re-engineered my perspective on interacting with people. In environments of family, friends, work, school, public. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tiffany
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all about relating well to others:)
Use Mr. Carnegie's teaching and your life will benefit in all your relationships, personal and business. Read more
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