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Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success [Paperback]

Napoleon Hill , Sharon Lechter
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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7 Sep 2011
Napoleon Hill wrote this book in 1938, just after publication of his all-time bestseller, Think and Grow Rich. This powerful tale has never before been published, considered too controversial by his family and friends. Using his legendary ability to get to the root of human potential, Napoleon Hill digs deep to identify the greatest obstacles we face in reaching personal goals: fear, procrastination, anger and jealousy, as tools of the Devil. These hidden methods of control can lead us to ruin and Hill reveals the seven principles of good that will allow us to triumph over them and succeed. Annotated and edited for a contemporary audience by Three Feet from Gold co-author Sharon Lechter, this book is profound, powerful, resonant and rich with insight.


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (7 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402790058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402790058
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Napoleon Hill was an American author and entrepreneur best known for Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, which has become one of the best-selling books of all time. His teachings have gone on to influence entire generations of success seekers, setting the standard for the foundations of today's motivational thinking. Sharon Lechter is the founder of Pay Your Family First, a financial education organisation. She is now focused on expanding the knowledge of Napoleon Hill's principles and teachings in conjunction with the Napoleon Hill Foundation.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This is a truly fascinating book. Napoleon Hill writes with a really beautiful fluidity which remains grounded and very practical in how to apply his success philosophy into everyday life. This publication of 'Outwitting the Devil' has been edited and annotated by Sharon Lechter meaning that every now and then Lechter shares her thoughts on Hill's writings by adding her own reflections inserted into to Hill's main text.... I've got to say, as much as I respect Lechter, I didn't find her annotations helpful at all. In fact I found them to interrupt the fluidity of Hill's voice which broke the flow of the reader being immersed in the hypnotic literary style of Hill's interview with the devil.

I love the Hill's use of language and his expressions are really evocative and reminiscent of that 1930s-40s era. It has a beautiful purity which is timeless. However Lechter's added annotations unfortunately takes way from this. The reader is effectively taken back and forth from Hill's writings and then into a (albiet short)modern reflection of Lechter's thoughts. It was not needed! Leave Napoloen Hill'w writings alone! That is the only reason I have scored this version a 4/5 rather than the full 5/5.

Having said this, Hills writings alone will not disappoint his avid followers. This book is really amazing and compelling focusing in particular on `Definiteness' as being a key component to success in life. Read it and love it. Hill is phenomenal!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Devil Be Gone! 31 Oct 2011
By Simba
Format:Hardcover
Wow, best book ive read for a very long time. Ive recommended this book to my "Think And Grow Rich mastermind group and everyone has raved about it.
Why?. Because of the impact and clarity in the way Hill interviews the devil. This book will have you fuming, contemplating, and recommending it to others guaranteed.
I love the cocky attitude of "The Devil" and his matter of fact explanation as to why he is so attractive to the masses.
If this had the marketing power of the "secret" it would blow that right out the water in terms of awareness.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic 4 May 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great book, a fantastic book to read after reading think and grow rich, a book that alters your mind and the way you think, noticing the man-made Devil in you and how to be rid of it, be the 2 out of every 100 completely free of the Devil and get this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The art of conversation and enquiry at its best 25 Feb 2012
By Denis
Format:MP3 CD
Napoleon Hill "Outwitting The Devil - The Secret to Freedom and Success" (written in 1938 and up until now hidden from publication by the Family and Trust for fear of being too controversial)? It is fair to describe this as a spiritual quest ... where through a conversation with the devil ... Hill gets to the heart of negativity ... and to the specific devices that the devil uses to enslave his victims ... and then Hill uses this knowledge to reveal the seven principles of good with which to counter and dis-empower the devil. It is beautifully written in story form and is a really profound and compelling read. Stuffed to the brim with practical insights and wisdom ... which when applied have the capacity to transform your life. Though written over 70 years ago, the hallmark of Hill's success is that the book is both timeless and contemporary.

Denis Roberts
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Use a Post-It note 3 Aug 2012
By Ray-zor
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This should have been a 5-star review, but I feel (like everyone before me) this wonderful peice of work has been vandalised by Sharon Lechter.

It's not as if the text needs any help, let alone the patronising interjections that are not fit for a 3-year old.
If you were to take a marker-pen to her comments (which are in bold), for one: you'd go through more than one pen before you finish, & two: you'd ruin the text on the other side of the page.

So my advice is, have some 'post-it' notes ready for every page turn, to block her unwelcome & unmeritted interuptions;
without that, it's impossible to ignore her comments... they're 'EVERYWHERE'!!!

If you can somehow manage to stick to Napoleon Hill's text, you will be rewarded with an intriguing book; a snapshot from history that is still relevant today (& I'd suggest even timeless).
I say that, regardless of whether you are a fan of Napoleon Hill, as I personally has never previously read any of his work.

Coming soon: The Complete Prose of Wordsworth (edited, rewritten, and with in-depth analysis after each line, by Sharon Lechter)
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowing 11 July 2011
Format:Hardcover
I've literally read 100's of books... and this one has had an ABSOLUTELY PROFOUND IMPACT.

You know when you read or hear something - and you just know the undeniable truth in what is being said...
Freedom is one of my biggest personal values in life - and because of the knowledge in this book, I now understand how I had just given it away in the past...

So what kind of impact?
Business... As the book says... "laziness + indifference = procrastination". Knowing what I am capable of and seeing that formula... big aha moment.
Kids... The bit about how as well-meaning parents we do our kids a heck of a lot of damage without actually realising because of our "well-meaning" - and seeing this so obviously and clearly in my own kid - again another massive aha moment.

It makes complete sense why this book was written in the 1930's and not released until the death of both Napoleon Hill and later his wife as well. Am really grateful that it has actually made it to print.

Interesting - and scary to realise how easy it is to gain control over human beings - and at the same time, knowledge is power - by knowing how easy it is, by reading this book, I now have tools to fight with.

Do I think it is worth your while getting this book?
Having learned to photo-read so that I could get through 100's of books and now saying that this book has had THE BIGGEST IMPACT on me - more than any other book I've ever read... well, I guess my answer to the above question is going to have to be an absolute definite YES...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 8 days ago by Letap.ma
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
amazing book
Published 1 month ago by spiritualtraveller
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't live up to my expectations
Certainly didn't live up to my expectations of the great things I've heard of Napoleon . If I didn't know any better I'd have said the guy was either mentally I'll or delusional.
Published 1 month ago by Lucie Elizabeth
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book.
"Outwitting the devel "is an interesting book by Napoleon Hill. I think it is a smart move from Hill to write the book as an interview with the devil. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jakob Rosing - Schow
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I am a great fan of Napoleon Hill.
This book opened up for me what was going on in Dr. Hill's life when he was working on "Think and Grow rich" and it's first version... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Eero Tunkelo
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new but...
...If you liked Think and Grow Rich, this is a must. It solidifies the teachings of that book. The format is in that of devils advocate and works really well to hammer the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jon P
5.0 out of 5 stars very inspiring. worth reading again.
I've read it once and I'll read it again. I will recommend it to my friends for inspiration and guidance
Published 5 months ago by Craig terry
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly enlightening!!
The message needs to be shared with everyone and taught in schools. Essential to anybody that does not have everything they want.
Published 7 months ago by Teval Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for the coffee table....!
If you are ever stuck for conversation (to coin a phrase) then this is a book to have at hand to create it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by A. L. Addams
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
It's a well written description of our sins/faults which hold us back from achieving success. For people who have already read previous Napoleon Hill's books this just too much... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Martin Balko
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