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How to Win Friends and Influence People Book Club

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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.

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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?

How to Win Friends and Influence People Book Club

Bryan Caplan
Bryan Caplan is Professor of Economics at George Mason University and Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center. He has published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the American Economic Review, the Economic Journal, the Journal of Law and Economics, and Intelligence, and has appeared on 20/20, FoxNews, and C-SPAN. Bryan Caplan blogs on EconLog.

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