Spirit of Self-Help - John Hunter (Hardcover)

A Life of Samuel Smiles

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The first biography of the man who launched the self-help phenomenon. Based on contemporary sources, many previously unexamined. Addresses timeless questions - of progress and freedom, success and failure, work and happiness, the individual and the state. A story rich in present-day relevance - topical and controversial.

Product Details

Barcode
9780856835124
Department
Books
Released
23 Jan 2017
Supply Source
UK

Book

Author
John Hunter
Subtitle
The Life of Samuel Smiles
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Shepheard-Walwyn Ltd
Language
English
Number of Pages
320
Dimensions
235 x 159mm

Summary

This is the first full biography of the man who, in the industrial on-rush of the 19th century, gave the world the idea of self-help as a go-to strategy in an age of frenzied change. Using Smiles&;s unpublished correspondence with family, friends and publishers, and drawing extensively on his writing, The Spirit of Self-Help tells the very human story of how Samuel Smiles came from a small-town, small-time family in Scotland to become, by turn and sometimes together, medical doctor, campaigning journalist, railway executive, best-selling author, and global celebrity. This is both a biography and a reflection on themes of success and failure, the individual and society, moral and material worth, and the relationships between these sets of ideas. Driven by its subject, The Spirit of Self-Help revolves around the oldest idea of all &; the possibility of happiness, for everyone, in all possible circumstances. In that sense, though set in the 19th century, this is an intensely topical book.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Biography/Autobiography
BISAC Subject 1
Biography & Autobiography / Historical
BISAC Subject 2
Self-Help / Personal Growth / General
Dewey Classification
920