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on April 14, 1999
i have red this book several years ago and have never got rich.Moreover i'm not motivated to read it again and think one can find many other better books on this subject.
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on July 23, 1999
There is absolutely nothing concrete in this book. What are the steps necessary to achieve wealth? "Visualize being rich". Give me a break! And to the gentleman who says he can find verses to back up Mr. Napoleon, I would first ask what happened to "seek first the kingdom of God"? I gave it 1 star because zero was not a choice! There are much better books. Try Covey's 7-Habits. Get the basics down first.
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on December 22, 1999
Afer reading various reviews that were mostly positive, I decided I better check this book out myself- what a mistake. If your sole goal in life is to make as much money as possible, this book might be righ up your alley. However, if you have other goals in life,(I can't imagine anyone who doesn't), you will find this book to be a complete farce. Don't even waste your time on this one.
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on December 10, 1999
This book will not give you any advice on how to get rich, there is no magic pills or secret to be rich in this book. you better invest you're money in the book called "awaken the giant within" by anthony robbins, this is a much much better book for becoming rich and successful. by the way if you want a be rich put you're 6$ in mutual fund instead of bying this book.
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on June 18, 2002
Perhaps it's my background and experience, but my impression on completing this book was that I have seen all of this material before, and all that I got from Mr. Hill was a hand-waving, mystical explanation of common-sense principles.
Achieving objectives involves setting goals, devising plans of action, and utilizing mental visualization tools. The "scientific studies" that Mr. Hill refers to in this text sound incredible, and almost all of them have been proven wrong by modern science. I think that it is all part of his presentation to show the mystical side of success, when in fact a more discerning reader can avoid the hogwash of this book and get to the real deal with other texts. As an example of this, Mr. Hill seems to put great credit to one's subconscious "receiving" radio broadcasts from other people's brains as the source of creativity.
If you want to learn how to be successful, read "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" and "How to Win Friends and Influence People." Both are legitimate texts that are very readable, practical, and effective. If you want to really learn about how to do the mental exercises that Mr. Hill alludes to, I would recommend "Developing Management Skills" by Whetten and Cameron, a text that I used in my graduate studies. It is a hefty book ([price], last time I checked), but it provides diagnostic tools and plenty of guidance to make yourself more effective. It covers goal setting, framing, mental visualization, and a whole host of other topics.
If you want hokey pseudoscience, go for Mr. Hill's book. Otherwise, set your sights a little higher.
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on March 16, 2016
This book is out date, sexist and considering it was written in 1937 - not much of it is useful. Sure - the book can be summarized 1) have an idea, 2) follow that idea 3) be persistent - and you will be rich. Theres a little more, but not much. I read this because it was recommended in another book about publishing and they said it sold 70 million copies. This book isn't worth the paper its printed on. I wasn't looking to get rich - but follow a dream to publish a book. If you really want to read it - go the library and if you can finish it you are better person than me.
I find it hard to believe that it sold so many copies - save your money.
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on December 29, 2014
Some Chapters are okay and provide insight, while majority of Chapters do not make any sense at all.

In addition, a lot of the content of the book is reiterated multiple times in many chapters. Nothing new is added, just the same arguments explained in a different way. The Chapter "The Mystery of Sex and Transmutation" is completely absurd!

Overall, this book provides minimal insight, and should not be taken literally. The Author writes this book as if its a "secret" method to get rich - if it was that simple - then this author would be as rich as his idols - and all readers of this book which isn't the case.
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on February 6, 2001
Please don't throw your money away on this snake oil.
This book could have been the prototype of the crass infomercial. Hill is the breathless huckster, and what he's selling is, in his OWN words, a "magic formula" to easy riches. The value of the alleged money-making advice in Hill's book is zero, and I've read that he never made any money himself except by successfully selling this otherwise completely worthless non-advice to gullible people.
Hill says he met Carnegie and that Carnegie spoke to him. Apparently Hill could prove that he met Carnegie once. That meeting is the basis of the entire book. But from what he's written, it's safe to assume the meeting was maybe a handshake and a ten second conversation. But Hill says Carnegie's words were "magical" to him, which conveniently, of course, can't be proved. I think Hill took this one brief encounter and exaggerated it beyond imagination for a fast buck.
Hill makes some incredible claims, then NEVER corroborates them. On page 5, Hill claims that "more than five hundred of the most successful men this country has ever known told the author (about) their greatest success." But Hill never says how he managed to meet all these important people, never says what they discussed, and in fact never even bothers to identify more than a couple of them. How convenient. I find Hill's claims here to be highly, HIGHLY suspect. I think it's safe to assume that, out of the 500 he claims to have spoken to, only the three or four he dared identify are people he ever laid eyes on. So why would 100+ people give this book rave reviews? P.T. Barnum got rich that way too: because there's a sucker born every minute.
On pages 18 and 19, we read the "magical" wisdom that Carnegie allegedly shared with Hill, that is absolutely central to the entire book: "If you truly desire money so keenly that your desire is an obsession, you will have no difficulty in convincing yourself that you will acquire it. The object is to want money, and to be so determined to have it that you convince yourself that you will have it. . . You may as well know, right here, that you can never have riches in great quantities unless you work yourself into a white heat of desire for money, and actually believe you will possess it."
Is it just me or is that sentiment perverse and disgusting in the extreme? Wanna bet that the CEOs of Enron, Worldcom, and Arthur Andersen have this book on their shelves? Maybe they can re-read it in prison. Maybe that "white hot heat of desire for money" blinded them to what was right and moral and good. Another thing about working yourself up that way, besides being disgusting and immoral, is that you'll never be satisfied, because money lust in itself must become your goal, as Hill says. How pathetic.
This book is offensive on so many levels. For one thing, it's sexist. Hill refers to successful men and wealthy men on every page. He never, and I mean NEVER refers to a single wealthy, successful woman. Yes, it was written a long time ago, but puhleeeze.
Want more? How about racism? Pages 5 and 6: "The uncle operated a large farm on which a number of colored sharecrop farmers lived. Quietly, the door was opened, and a small colored child, the daughter of a tenant, walked in and took her place near the door. The uncle looked up, saw the child, and barked at her roughly, 'What do you want?' Meekly, the child replied, 'My mammy say send her fifty cents.' 'I'll not do it,' the uncle retorted, 'now you run on home.' 'Yas sah' the child replied
Page 9: "These unfortunate people remind me of a prominent Chinese, who came to America to be educated in American ways. He attended the University of Chicago. One day President Harper met this young Oriental on campus, stopped to chat with him for a few minutes, and asked what had impressed him as being the most noticeable characteristic of the American people. 'Why,' the student exclaimed, 'the queer slant of your eyes. Your eyes are off slant!' What do we say about the Chinese!"
To make money the way Hill did, sell worthless drivel to gullible people.
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on March 26, 2016
This book is not the original; Napoleon Hill died in 1970 but this book in the early chapters makes reference to cell phones and recent world events. I keep trying to pick it up to read but I just can't. The integrity of 'all' the words in this book has been tarnished by someones unannounced edit/updating and it really, really, really is annoying that it was not made clear to me at the time of purchase!
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on November 14, 1998
I read this book as an impressionable teenager ... it led me to become a dreamer. I heard a radio commentator mention the author not long ago ... are his comments correct? Napoleon Hill's "only business success was this book" ... that he'd "...failed in some 30 business enterprises ..." ...that he "was despised by his business associates". Would love to hear comments to the contrary.
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