Steven Watts

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4:18 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Missourian Dale Carnegie, Father Of Modern Self-Help Culture

Book cover of Steven Watt's biography on Dale Carnegie.
Credit courtesy Other Press

Nowadays, book stores and libraries have whole sections dedicated to self-help. But back in 1936, when Missouri native Dale Carnegie wrote “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” it wasn’t so commonplace.

According to author Steven Watts, Carnegie shifted the conversation about how to achieve success away from moral character, in essence creating the modern self-help genre in the process.

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