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Self-published in the 19th century, ‘Self-help’ by Samuel Smiles illustrated and executed the power of perseverance.
It was an international bestseller, kickstarting the ‘self-help’ genre itself after making the publishing industry sit up and take notice.
In the 16th century, Niccolo Macchiavelli’s The Prince became a huge hit among kings and politicians.
The book suggested certain immoral ways to rule a kingdom, with famous advice like ‘The end justifies the means’. The guidelines resonated so much that the book is still a huge influence.
In the 16th Century, Robert Burton wrote about the human condition, which can be classified as melancholy, a big book consisting of sad tales about everything, but written in a simple, readable style.
It was like an encyclopedia of misery, with the writer meditating on sad things just to keep his mind off them.
If you want readers to care about your book, you need to care about readers.
Napoleon Hill was said to be an advisor to two presidents: Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
In fact, there’s no evidence whatsoever outside of Hill’s own writings that Hill met President Wilson or President Roosevelt, let alone acted as a trusted advisor to both.
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