Item description for A Lifetime of Riches: The Biography of Napoleon Hill by Michael McConnohie Michael J. Ritt...
Napoleon Hill's inspirational classic, Think and Grow Rich, has been a bestseller since its original publication more than fifty years ago. But there has never before been a biography of this influential thinker.Hill was born in poverty in rural Virginia. A troublemaker, he seemed destined for a bad end until his stepmother took him in hand, gave him a typewriter and encouraged him to write. With a passion born of the desire for success, he worked his way through law school and embarked on a career as a business journalist. In a 1908 interview with Andrew Carnegie, the steel magnate challenged the young Hill to codify the rules of achievement that had made America so strong. Hill accepted, and his great work began.Over the next twenty years he interviewed successful people from all walks of life, finally distilling his discoveries into Think and Grow Rich. But along the way there were plenty of hardships and hard lessons, setbacks that Hill acknowledged came from his own failings. It is this biography's frank discussion of Hill's private life and his personal struggles that make it so inspiring and useful for any fan of Napoleon Hill. The lessons that Hill taught to others were often lessons he had learned himself, and his eventual triumph is the perfect testament to the power of his conviction:
"WHAT THE MIND OF MAN CAN CONCEIVE, IT CAN ACHIEVE."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.06" Width: 5.48" Height: 1.03" Weight: 0.41 lbs.
Release Date Nov 8, 2003
Publisher High Roads Media
ISBN 1932429190 ISBN13 9781932429190
Reviews - What do customers think about A Lifetime of Riches: The Biography of Napoleon Hill?
Disappointing, But Perhaps Required Dec 31, 2007
A Lifetime of Riches, a biography of Napoleon Hill, is a book that I had a natural bias to like, being a believer in the basic principles of Think and Grow Rich.
I was however greatly disappointed in the telling of the story of Napoleon Hill's life. One would have thought that the creator of probably the most successful self-help book of all time would have had an interesting path to be able to create such a historical book.
The author, while stating that he had an extensive working relationship with Mr. Hill, never seems to really capture the essence of the man.
There are extensive gaps in Mr. Hill's biography that are neither addressed due to a lack of knowledge or research. Fairly bold statements made by Mr. Hill are never vetted in the book. Finally the concept of Think and Grow Rich was a study of many successful individuals to determine the patterns and practices in their lives which caused them to manifest success in their lives. Nowhere in the book does it seem to address this integral research in other than barely a mention here and there.
That all being said, if you are a true student of the works Napoleon Hill, I grudgingly recommend that you read the this book absent any other biography of his life in that it will place into context some aspects of the life of this interesting and somewhat flawed creator.
Very enjoyable read May 18, 2007
I couldn't put the book down. Mr. Hill sure had a "roller coaster" of life, like so many of us experience. Think and Grow Rich is a classic and very well may of helped more people to financial success than any other book ever written. I have read and apllied it to my life. His persistence and focus on achieving his goals will have a major impact on the reader. The author did a wonderful job of sharing a lot of knowledge about Mr. Hill's life that completely blew me away.
PIONEER OF SUCCESS Dec 30, 2002
When I first saw this book on the shelf I didn't hesitate to purchase it. I was an avid reader of Napoleon Hill's books and was always curious about his life. That curiousity has been somewhat satisfied by reading this biography of him written the executive director of the Napoleon Hill Foundation.
A Lifetime of Riches chronicles the roller coaster life of one of the pioneers of success programs. Born of modest circumstances Napoleon Hill rose to become one of the greatest promoters of personal and material success. His rise to fame didn't come easy. In fact he would fail many times but would get right up again for another try.
His tenaciousness, vision and audacity to try new ideas are the hallmarks of a personality that wouldn't accept defeat. Authors Michael Ritt and Kirk Landers provide the reader with a view of a man who had both his faults and weaknesses. Hill is obsessed with his mission for success and unfortunately placed everything else (including his wife and children) as third or fourth place. He paid for that mistake but still was able to bounce back in his later life.
I certainly enjoyed this book for its realistic portrayal of Hill (he was both saint and sinner) in both his good times and bad times. From his life the reader can learn it is never to late to start over regardless of age ( this was true of Hill and his father), financial setbacks or other impediments. Hill's life sets the standard for success even if it appears to allude you in time it will come.
A Lifetime of Riches is a good book to get some idea of Hill's life but it is not very detailed. Much of its information comes from Hill's unpublished "autobiography". Absent are any interviews or insight from those who worked with him. Very little is mentioned about his estrangement with his father and brothers or his importance in history as part of the motivational industry that is now a thriving industry. Perhaps someday more details will be given but for now enjoy this work of one of life's greatest motivators.
N. Hill was human too.... Jul 4, 2000
Having been a student of Napoleon Hill for many years I find Hill's own writing both brilliant, and inspirational.
Through this book I have come to learn Hill is human too, he had to learn some of his lessons the hard way. While the book lacks the brilliant motivational style of Hills own writing, we must remember that it is a biography. I question that Napoleon Hill could have been quite as honest about his life and some of its tragedies if he had written the book himself.
A Lifetime Of Riches provides good insight to the life of the man who has been such an inspiration to so many people, myself included. It offers a chronological view of the life of Hill. Granted, some of the detail of Hill's actual formulation of the success philosophy is missing. Still, the book reminds us that we strive for progress not perfection. If we fall down we must get back up.
My thanks to Mr Ritt, Mr Landers, and The Napoleon Hill Foundation for giving me the opportunity to have a greater understanding of Napoleon Hill.
A needed book but disappointing Jul 16, 1999
Hill's "Think & Grow Rich" may be the best self-help book ever written. So many of his readers will be glad to have any biography about him, even though this first one came 25 years after his death. I commend the authors for not whitewashing Hill, but there is so much missing. A major reason T&GR has become a classic is its underlying spiritual outlook. When Hill was a young man New Thought was blooming in America and he must have been influenced by such books as "In Tune With the Infinite." There is virtually no mention of Hill's spiritual development in the book. Hill commented constantly on how Andrew Carnegie gave him a 20-year commission to study and interview successful people, that Carnegie would provide letters of introduction to Hill and pay his travel expenses. If this is so, there must be at least one letter of introduction filed away somewhere. The authors quote none. Suppose Hill made that up. I don't think it cancels the value of his great book but it sure belongs in a biography. Finally, there is so little readily available about Hill, why not provide a bibliography of the magazines, newspapers and books where the best interviews and comments on Hill's work exist. Still, I recommend this book as valuable and interesting because there is nothing else.