Self-Help Messiah: Dale Carnegie and Success in Modern America

Steven Watts
Author Steven Watts discusses his new biography of Missourian Dale Carnegie, whose 1936 best seller How to Win Friends and Influence People helped launch the  self-help revolution.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
6:30 pm
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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.