The Devil Made Me Not Do It
Outwitting the Devil
by Napolean Hill
Annotated by Sharon Lechter
Reviewed by Brian Beirl
I never thought that I would be reviewing a new book by Napoleon Hill. This controversial book was written in 1938 immediately following Hill’s most famous book, Think and Grow Rich. This was during the depths of the Great depression; I find it interesting and somewhat frightening that World War I was called the Great War until there was World War II.
The manuscript was held in a vault during Napoleon Hill’s life and during the life of his widow, who died in 1984. It was then not released until the death of the widow of Dr. Charles Johnson the president of the Napoleon Hill Foundation in 2009. Sharon Lechter of Rich Dad, Poor Dad fame was given the ominous responsibility of publishing the book. Have I peaked your curiosity?
After an excellent review of Hills’ up and downs in his quest for the secrets of success the reader is suddenly thrust into Hill’s interview with the devil. Sharon Lechter was careful to keep to the original manuscript and readers of Hill’s other books will find the language of the 1930’s unmasked.
The interview revolves around the subject of human potential and the reasons so few truly succeed in life and reach their ultimate goals. The devil plays fair and must answer the questions without any devilish tricks. There are no boundaries to the discussion and those sensitive to political correctness will be surprised by the frankness of the dialog and the courage of the 1930s author.
Throughout the dialog Sharon Lechter intersperses annotations of her thoughts and historical background to aid the reader.
This is a very interesting read and will be talked about. If you take it on an airplane you can be assured that someone will be reading over your shoulder.
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