When I was seventeen, I read Dale Carnegie’s classic self-help book, How to Win Friends and Influence People.  Even in my youth, I knew it was packed with wisdom, but I was not ready to listen.  Recently, I reread the book – and it totally holds up.  As I read, I realized that I’ve spent much of the last thirty years reinventing Carnegie’s wheel.  At the same time, though, I now feel able to articulate what Carnegie overstates and overlooks about the social world.

Upshot: I’d really like to share Carnegie’s classic with a modern audience, so I’m announcing a How To Win Friends and Influence People Book Club, starting a week from today.  Here’s a free online copy. I plan to do the book’s four parts over four days, combining a brief summary with critical analysis.  I’ll close by tackling readers’ questions the following week.  Who’s in?