50 Success Classics, Tom Butler-Bowdon

If you want to quickly get across the key takeaways from each of the best success books of all time then this is a great starting place to work out which book resonates most with you. 



50 Success Classics is the first and only ‘bite-sized’ guide to the most important and inspiring works that have already demonstrated their power to change lives.


Below is a list of books covered in the second (2017) edition of 50 Success Classics: Your Shortcut to the Most Important Ideas on Motivation, Achievement, and Prosperity (published by Nicholas Brealey/Hachette, London & Boston).

Click on a link to see a sample chapter.

  1. Horatio Alger Ragged Dick (1867)
  2. Warren Bennis On Becoming A Leader (1989)
  3. Frank Bettger How I Raised Myself From Failure To Success in Selling (1947)
  4. Kenneth Blanchard & Spencer Johnson The One Minute Manager (1981)
  5. Edward Bok The Americanization of Edward Bok (1921)
  6. Claude M Bristol The Magic of Believing (1948)
  7. Warren Buffett (by Roger Lowenstein) Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist (1995)
  8. Andrew Carnegie Autobiography (1920)
  9. Chin-ning Chu Thick Face Black Heart (1992)
  10. George S Clason The Richest Man in Babylon (1926)
  11. Robert Collier Secrets of the Ages (1926)
  12. Jim Collins Good To Great (2001)
  13. Russel H Conwell Acres of Diamonds (1921)
  14. Stephen R Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People(1989)
  15. Angela Duckworth Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance (2016)
  16. Henry Ford My Life and Work (1922)
  17. Benjamin Franklin The Way To Wealth (1758)
  18. Timothy Gallwey The Inner Game of Tennis (1974)
  19. Bill Gates (by James Wallace & Jim Erickson) Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire (1992)
  20. Jean Paul Getty How To Be Rich (1961)
  21. Les Giblin How to Have Power and Confidence In Dealing With People (1956)
  22. Malcolm Gladwell Outliers: The Story of Success (2008)
  23. Baltasar Gracian The Art of Worldly Wisdom (1647)
  24. Adam Grant Give and Take (2013)
  25. Earl G Graves How To Succeed in Business Without Being White (1997)
  26. Darren Hardy The Compound Effect (2010)
  27. Napoleon Hill Think and Grow Rich (1937)
  28. Muriel James & Dorothy Jongeward Born To Win (1971)
  29. Steve Jobs (by Brent Schlender & Rick Tetzeli) Becoming Steve Jobs (2015)
  30. Spencer Johnson Who Moved My Cheese? (1998)
  31. Robert Kiyosaki Rich Dad, Poor Dad (1997 )
  32. Ray Kroc Grinding It Out (1977)
  33. David Landes The Wealth and Poverty of Nations (1998)
  34. Nelson Mandela Long Walk To Freedom (1994)
  35. Orison Swett Marden Pushing To The Front (1894)
  36. JW Marriott Jnr The Spirit To Serve (1997)
  37. Donald T Phillips Lincoln On Leadership (1992)
  38. Catherine Ponder The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity (1962)
  39. Cheryl Richardson Take Time For Your Life (1998)
  40. Anthony Robbins Unlimited Power (1986)
  41. Eleanor Roosevelt (by Robin Gerber) Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way (2002)
  42. David Schwartz The Magic of Thinking Big (1959 )
  43. Florence Scovel Shinn Secret Door to Success (1940)
  44. Ernest Shackleton (by Margot Morrell & Stephanie Capparell) Shackleton's Way (2001)
  45. Thomas J Stanley The Millionaire Mind (2000)
  46. Brian Tracy Maximum Achievement (1993)
  47. Sun Tzu The Art of War (4th century BCE)
  48. Sam Walton Made in America (1992)
  49. Wallace Wattles The Science of Getting Rich (1910)
  50. John Whitmore Coaching For Performance (2008)


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