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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Aventine Press; Restored edition with endnotes edition (25 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593302002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593302009
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 282,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"For inspiration, read…'Think and Grow Rich!'….It's the first step to devising a winning strategy." -- The Sunday Times

"What makes Hill's book timeless is its ‘giants of his time’ sources including… Carnegie, Edison, Ford, Rockefeller [and] Theodore Roosevelt…." -- Dayton (Ohio, USA) Daily News

"…reading this book is bound to inspire you to take a more positive approach to life." -- The Mail on Sunday (London)

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While Napoleon Hill is the author, in the main, of this book, I wrote the foreword, the appendix, the endnotes, and the index, and I edited the full text. My interest in "Think and Grow Rich!" goes back many years. I served for three years as the first editor-in-chief of "Think & Grow Rich Newsletter," published for the Napoleon Hill Foundation. My experience in that position not only provided me with the insight and confidence to undertake this restoration/revision of "Think and Grow Rich!," but also introduced me to the living power of "Think and Grow Rich!" in changing people's lives. I was exposed to the kind of correspondence and phone calls that pour in daily from people throughout the world, in all walks of life and in all circumstances, who have read "Think and Grow Rich!," applied its principles diligently, and attained self-confidence, self-understanding, and levels of success that most people only dare dream of. You may one day find yourself giving such a personal testimonial.

The book that most people today think of as "Think and Grow Rich!" (a small paperback) is actually not Dr. Hill’s full original work, but an abbreviated version that came out in 1960. As it turns out, Dr. Hill’s original version, in many respects, speaks more directly to people in the first decade of the 21st century than does the 1960 version! In my new edition, I have restored the material that was deleted in 1960, but at the same time have revised it, and fully annotated it, for today's reader -– thus the title, "Think and Grow Rich!: The Original Version, Restored and Revised." This new edition is a trade paperback, much easier to read, make notes in, and underline.

What to make of "Think and Grow Rich!"? Dr. Hill's book is a publishing phenomenon. Year after year, people continue to "discover" it -- tucked away inconspicuously on a bookstore or library shelf or passed along from a family member, friend, or associate -- and they have read it, loved it, and used it to turn their lives around and their powers of creativity and imagination loose.

The first copy of "Think and Grow Rich!" was sold in 1937. Eleven years later, in February 1948, "Coronet" magazine polled 300 successful young men and women, asking, "What book or books most influenced your life and contributed to your success?" "Think and Grow Rich!" was ranked fourth on the list. In September 1986 -- 38 years and eight U. S. Presidents later -- "USA Today" published a list of the "10 top-selling paperback books about investments" in America for that month. Despite the fact that it is only in the most general sense an investment book, being primarily about investing in yourself and others, "Think and Grow Rich!" ranked No. 1 on the list. (Some books it beat? "How to Buy Stocks," "The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need," and "Getting Yours.")

Some years ago the U. S. Library of Congress conducted a survey asking what books most influenced readers’ lives. The top answer, by a wide margin, was The Bible. In second and third place were, respectively, "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand and "Think and Grow Rich!" by Napoleon Hill. In 2002, "BusinessWeek" magazine published "The BusinessWeek Best-Seller List." in its October 14 edition Almost incredibly, "Think and Grow Rich!" ranked tenth on the list of the current 15 top-selling paperback business books -- 65 years after the first copy of the book was purchased!

Walk into any well-stocked bookstore in America and many other countries and you will find a few paperback copies of "Think and Grow Rich!" (usually the 1960 version in one of its manifestations) in the business or self-motivation sections. "Think and Grow Rich!" endures because it works.


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162 of 168 people found the following review helpful By Cogito MBA 2007 Candidate on 30 April 2006
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"Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve."

-Napoleon Hill

If you asked me to recommend to you the single best book I have ever read, my answer would be a very definite "Think and Grow Rich".

First published in 1937, this is the end product of two decades of research conducted by Napoleon Hill. His research started when Andrew Carnegie (the steel tycoon who was then the richest man on earth) gave him the assignment of organizing a Philosophy of Personal Achievement. Hill, who was a poor journalist, armed with just an introductory letter from Carnegie, set out to interview over five hundred successful people including Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, John D. Rockefeller, George Eastman, William Wrigley Jr. and Charles M. Schwab. Hill then revealed the priceless wisdom of his research in the form of the thirteen steps to success (in Think and Grow Rich) and the seventeen principles of success (in courses and lectures he conducted).

The concepts taught by Napoleon Hill transformed my life. Some of these include developing a definite purpose, building a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), channeling the power of the sub-conscious mind and dealing with adversity. Everything he wrote about or talked about is thought provoking. He was wise, humble and funny. His philosophy is universal; he did not mix it with religion. The riches he referred to were more than money, for the Philosophy of Personal Achievement can be applied to anything in life.

Hill was well ahead of his time. This book has a chapter dedicated to some of today's most important issues - Specialized Knowledge, Decision Making, Imagination and Organized Planning (in which he deals with Leadership).
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130 of 135 people found the following review helpful By R. O. Herbert on 11 Feb. 2005
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I was introduced to "Think and Grow Rich!" by an alcoholic member of our cemetery sales team. I had a wife and three children at the time, and we were just barely making it. My only source of income was the commissions I made knocking on doors selling cemetery property, and they were hard to come by, especially since almost nobody was a permanent resident in the Miami area. Reading "Think and Grow Rich!" gave me a crutch to lean on as I forced myself out to pound those doors where the potential prospects were. If my family was going to eat, I had to convince people to buy cemetery property 30 or 40 or more years before they would need it. The Six-Step Success Formula the book contains helped me to realize that there was a way even for an uneducated lunkhead like me to make it like the big guys. I followed the success formula faithfully, and, lo and behold, my whole life turned around. I truly believe that Dr. Hill has the same message the Bible has for us. It was just little easier for me to apply. I went on to build the largest cemetery organization in the country starting out from my basement. In 1970, we sold 30 cemeteries to Service Corporation International, making it possible for them to become the largest funeral-cemetery company in the world. I served as President of their Cemetery Division for three years. I'm now 82 years old, living comfortably on the shores of Lake Hartwell with my wife of 62 years. Almost all my good fortune came about because I had the good fortune to be introduced to "Think and Grow Rich!" in 1953. (This new addition of the book is actually closer to the one I read back then. The versions sold since the 1960s omit a lot of material that Mr. Cornwell has put back in.) I have given away many cases of this great book.Read more ›
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119 of 124 people found the following review helpful By John Dukes on 3 July 2006
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I bought this book two years ago. It turned my life around. Following the principles Napoleon Hill teaches in this great book enabled me to overcome a serious, long-term drinking problem, in a matter of weeks. It also gave me the courage to quit a dead end job and start my own business. Not a week goes by that I don't pick up this book and re-read a section related to some problem that has come up. I also re-study a chapter and the endnotes each week to keep my motivation hitting on all cylinders. When I finish, I start over again with the first chapter. I will read this book and study it in this fashion for the rest of my life, just as I do with my Bible. Those two resources are the blueprint and the foundation for leading a purposeful, meaningful life. I give copies of Think and Grow Rich to people whom I think it will help. I recommend it to anyone who is seeking the key to success in life in all aspects.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Spec Farrar on 20 Aug. 2005
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Reading and assimilating the principles spelled out in "Think and Grow Rich" can be an astounding life-changing experience. I know. I read it more than thirty years ago, I re-read it at least once every year, and I believe it to be responsible for every success I have attained since reaching adulthood. I have in my library almpost every edition of this book that has been published, including the first, a rare 1937 copy. I was delighted several months ago to find this new edition that is without doubt the finest, most useful I have ever read. It is actually better than the 1937 book. It has features that I have never seen in any other edition--an extremely useful index; a good appendix; and hundreds of endnotes that provide a tremendous amount of information about the people and events he mentions in the book and which clarify many points of Dr. Hill's philosophy. Virtually every version of TGR available today is an abridgment of Dr. Hill's 1937 original. Those that are not abridged are outdated or else they distort Napoleon Hill's message. This new book restores all material that has been left out, but it cleans up some incorrect grammar and obsolete language and some terminology that could be considered offensive today. I have long urged just about everybody I meet to study Napoleon Hill's philosophy, and I now urge them to use this new book to do it. It has long been my custom to give copies of TGR to every young adult I meet who I believe has the potential to achieve significant and even great things in life. This book is the perfect "study tool" for personal success.
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