When I was seventeen, I read Dale Carnegie’s classic self-help book, How to Win Friends and Influence People. Even in my youth, I knew it was packed with wisdom, but I was not ready to listen. Recently, I reread the book – and it totally holds up. As I read, I realized that I’ve spent much of the last thirty years reinventing Carnegie’s wheel. At the same time, though, I now feel able to articulate what Carnegie overstates and overlooks about the social world.
Upshot: I’d really like to share Carnegie’s classic with a modern audience, so I’m announcing a How To Win Friends and Influence People Book Club, starting a week from today. Here’s a free online copy. I plan to do the book’s four parts over four days, combining a brief summary with critical analysis. I’ll close by tackling readers’ questions the following week. Who’s in?