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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing; First edition (14 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857885961
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857885965
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 2.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A graduate of the London School of Economics and the University of Sydney, I was working as a political adviser in Australia when, at 25, I read my first personal development book, Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Captivated by that and by titles by the likes of Anthony Robbins and M Scott Peck, I came to the view that this was an underrated field of writing. At 30, I left my first career to write the bestselling 50 Self-Help Classics, the first guide to the personal development literature and winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award (2004).

This book was followed by 50 Success Classics (2004); 50 Spiritual Classics (2005); 50 Psychology Classics (2007); 50 Prosperity Classics (2008); and 50 Psychology Classics (2013) all published in the US and UK by Nicholas Brealey. With its commentaries on over 300 books in the self-development field, the series has been published in 24 languages and is sold in over 30 countries. USA Today described me as "a true scholar of this type of literature".

All six 50 Classics books are now available in one digital box set, The Literature of Possibility (2013).

I am also the editor of a new series of classic self-development and prosperity writings published by Capstone (John Wiley & Sons) providing full-length critical Introductions to titles such as Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich, Sun Tzu's The Art of War, Machiavelli's The Prince and Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations.

The BBC's Imagine (2007) drew on my knowledge for its programme on the personal development industry, and my work is serialized in Psychologies (Hachette) and in the Citywire group's financial publications. I am an experienced media guest, having made numerous radio appearances in the United Kingdom, United States and Australia. I have given talks to a variety of groups and organisations, and also lead discussion groups where I live in Oxford, UK, looking into the major writings and ideas in personal development.

My website, Butler-Bowdon.com, with its wealth of free self-development content, has had over a million visits since its launch in 2001.

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"This book explains and discusses briefly, but with remarkable lucidity, some of the ideas of fifty philosophical thinkers from ancient times to the present-day. Complex views on a whole range of important and enduring issues are made accessible to the general reader. A sympathetic account is given of each thinker and his or her thoughts, conveying the insights and capturing some of the excitement of seeing the world and human life from novel, distinctive, or unusual perspectives. The book is both enjoyable and instructive."
C.L. Ten, Professor of Philosophy, National University of Singapore

Praise for the 50s series:

"A tremendous…book…Because the range and depth of the sources are so huge, the cumulative reading effect is amazing. Alternatively, it educates and edifies, affirms and inspires. Often both."
Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

"A terrific compendium of the best…from famous classics to off-beat unknowns, distilled to the point of joyous clarity."
Richard Koch, author of The 80/20 Principle

"Butler-Bowdon has made a name for himself as an expert in personal development literature…the breadth of thought is far-reaching and inspiring"
The Sunday Mail, Australia

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Tom Butler-Bowdon is recognised as an expert on the personal development literature. His 50 Classics series has been hailed as the definitive guide to the literature of possibility, and has won numerous awards including the Benjamin Franklin Self-Help Award and the Foreword Magazine s Book of the Year Award. A graduate of the London School of Economics and the University of Sydney, he lives and works in both the UK and Australia, and runs a successful website: www.butler-bowdon.com

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Thomas F. Dietvorst on 17 April 2013
Format: Paperback
I want to say at the outset that I am a fan of Tom's five other books so I was prepared to like this one. And I did. I wanted to get through the reading so I could post a review - and I found the reading so intriguing that I couldn't just plow through it. I took 24 pages of notes and have a list of books I want to read and re-read. If you are like me you will find some of the philosophies more to your liking than others and then somewhere in the latter half of the book you start wondering about your own likes and dislikes and what they are based on and if it is possible to come to an objective conclusion - and the author has got you thinking and looking at philosophy in a more thoughtful way. Back to the theme of truth in advertising. The book does give you a layman's appreciation of each philosopher and not the overly academic presentation that I found off-putting and difficult to read in other sources. The presentations are also in a style that allows you to try out the "personal rule of life" aspect of philosophy. I liked the way each chapter was laid out in the same way. I got dependent on that to the point that when the life details did not come at the end in the chapters on Heraclitus and Plato I noticed it. There are many gems in here; some that I was familiar with and others that were brand new to me. I don't often take 24 pages of notes on a 311 page book I am reading for pleasure.Try it, you'll like it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By roxanneOSB on 8 April 2013
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I have been a fan of Mr. Butler-Bowdon since 50 Self-Help Classics. I chose this, his latest, in order to plug a hole in my education, and it was a wise decision. This book is highly recommended for those conducting initial research into the subject of philosophy, or as an easy and enjoyable way to obtain a great understanding of the thought that has influenced our society.

A brief comment about the edition itself:

· the same clear and faultless format as previously in the series

· the Introduction provides all the "whys" necessary: authors and philosophical strands chosen...

· the Glossary is complete, but succinct

· the Credits supply the vital publishing details of each book featured

· the selection of the 50 More Philosophy Classics is a work in solid brevity!

I love that the pith of the selected work forms the first page of each philosopher's chapter, followed by Tom's "In a nutshell" summary. Helpfully one is provided with works "In a similar vein" so that ones interest may be easily fed elsewhere. From that point Tom provides the direct in-road to the result of his copious research. Interest is kept with expert dissection and his extraordinary grasp of (seemingly!) any subject matter. But more than this Tom comments on how other historical philosophers may have viewed the author in hand so ones comprehension is even more enhanced. I followed his suggestion to read it cover-to-cover, but I personally gained by reading the author's details first (rather than last) within each chapter. It takes an evolved consciousness to insightfully comment upon and condense the biggest thinkers, and in Tom B-B you have that. Enjoy it you will.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mind and Achievement on 7 Sept. 2013
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Another great book from Tom Butler-Bowdon; this book is a very rewarding read, a great subject that the reader can really get into as it tackles the big questions of life leading to ideas and concepts to get the best out of the human experience. As always Tom guides the reader though each book with great skill, opening up each book and letting its ideas shine.
As with all of Tom's 50 classics books, it is clear to see momentum building and really picking up speed in this new millennium. What I mean by that is - for centuries a few old ideas remain constant and although they endure until the present, they are increasingly complemented by new ideas and a better understanding of the subject and this shines through the multitude of latter day books. For those that seek knowledge there has never been a better time to be alive and all of Tom's 50 classics titles point the way to many of the best books ever written. There is no better place to start your search for knowledge of Self-Help, Personal Development, Spirituality, Psychology Prosperity, and Philosophy than Tom Butler-Bowdon's 50 classic series.
Tony Brassington - Mind and Achievement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Karma on 28 May 2013
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This is a great book for busy people on the move with short to the point chapters from 50 classics in the field of philosophy spanning two millennia including Hume, Plato & Russell amongst others. The book not only stimulates ones thoughts but spurs you on acting as a perfect guide to further reading by giving only a short biography of each author & the kernel of each work.

This work is not so much a philosophy guide but part of a larger work which include all of the authors 50 series. The works collectively have had a dramatic impact on my wealth, well-being and reading habits.

What the book has is depth and range not what you see in other writers in the genre though I guess you would have expected that when you find out a little about the author. Being a graduate of the prestigious London School of Economics & a former political advisor.

With all of the self-help books out there, why buy this one? Because this one's great!
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