Self-Help Messiah: Dale Carnegie and Success in Modern America
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Decades before Oprah, Dr. Phil, and today’s innumerable gurus peddling surefire plans for bettering ourselves, Missourian Dale Carnegie started the self-help revolution with his worldwide best seller How to Win Friends and Influence People. Life magazine named Carnegie one of its “100 most important Americans of the 20th Century.”
In a discussion of the first full-scale biography of this influential figure, University of Missouri history professor Steven Watts traces Carnegie’s life from rural poverty to international acclaim and examines his lingering influence.