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Updated on October 30, 2013

How To Win Friends & Influence People on Amazon

Books For the Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs must always read about business success. or business biographies in order to keep themselves motivated and their minds thinking big. There are so many books about getting rich that obviously there are numerous copy cats who are simply rehashing the success of past entrepreneurs. The key is to know of the very best and most unique of all the books on entrepreneurship and to keep reading on this fascinating subject until you are ready to retire. Here is a list of must reads.

How To Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie.

This books is not really a "how to get rich" or "how to run a business" book, but it deals with how to be a great leader and get along better with co-workers, employees, and all people. If the advice given in this book is followed intelligently, you will see great changes taking place in your life.

Think And Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill. This is the foundation to gearing yourself for success. Napoleon Hill is an intelligent writer who uses examples taken from great entrepreneurs of history, and lays out their basic life principles so that anyone with reasonable intelligence and discipline can gain riches through following their lead. Basically, this book is the forerunner of all get rich books and it is easy to see similarities to the principles here and more modern books such as, The Millionaire Next Door. Just about everyone who has written a book about how to be rich has read this classic.

The Art of the Deal, by Donald Trump. All Donald Trump books are given praise due to the fact that they are well written and great care and expense is put into their writing. The only complaint that people may have about them is that they are essentially written by someone other than Donald Trump and simply given to Donald for approval and last minute changes. This does onto change the fact that these books are very good reads, but if you really want to get advice straight from Donald Trump, this is the book for you. It is Trump's very first book and he did in fact write it. The Art of the Deal is also considered by many to be one of the very best books about wealth.

Books That Become Movies

The Charming Old Movies

Many of us love old movies because they represent charm, grace, and class, traits that we just do not see in modern films. There is always a reserve in pre 1965 movies that makes us think, and an artistic, glamor that fascinates long after viewing the film itself. If you have not seen or read Mildred Pierce, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, or Gone With the Wind, it is well worth your time to do so.

These movies were inspired by books. Sometimes the books are better and sometimes the movie wins. I have put together my opinion on all three here.

Book club books become popular movies.

Mildred Pierce Book Cover

Mildred Pierce Movie

Ann Blyth, Zachary Scott and Joan Crawford
Ann Blyth, Zachary Scott and Joan Crawford

Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce was such a popular movie that many people have forgotten that is was a novel first. The classic James Cain novel about a woman who would do anything for her unruly daughter, Veda. Mildred Pierce divorces her husband and goes into the restaurant business. In the movie there is a murder, I think it was a great way to turn a soapy novel into a film noir, giving it a feeling of suspense and thrill, as well as providing a definite beginning, middle and end.

Growing up in Glendale California and living one block away from the Home Used in the 1944 Joan Crawford version of Mildred Pierce, this is one of my all time favorite movies. I saw the movie before reading the book, and although the book was interesting and really great, I like the movie better. Probably because I love the slick and sophisticated polish of the 1940's presentation. The characters were beautiful, clever, and endearing. The book was more realistic with the characters, making the entire feeling of it rather bleak and dingy by comparison.

What I love so much about the Mildred Pierce movie was the slick , sophisticated, and often funny dialogue. No swearing, or off color talk, just smart talk, with padded shoulders, ankle straps and glorious hats. I love the ladies clothes, but also the handsome men, Jack Carson was at his hunky best, and Zachary Scott was nothing short of beautiful. In the Novel, the character of Wally Faye, Jack Carson, was fat and ugly. That also took something out of it for me.

Had I never seen the movie, I would have like the book, and that would be all there is to it. But the movie is King in this case.

Gentemen Prefer Bondes Book

Author Anita Loos with Jean Harlow

Jean Harlow reading Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and being watched by the brunette author Anita Loos
Jean Harlow reading Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and being watched by the brunette author Anita Loos

Gentlement Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes became a popular movie in 1928. It is believed to be a lost movie. I hope it will be discovered and I will get to watch it someday.

I was staying in my Big Bear Cabin a few months ago, and ran out of things to read. I went to my garage and found a book that I purchased at a swap meet a few years ago. It was called Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and I am sure I bought this 1926 book because I knew that decades later they made it into a movie.

I could hardly put it down. The movie was rather fully and simple, but this book was well written and funny. I believe its the kind of book that most women would enjoy rather than men though, because its about young ladies who are opportunists who take what they can and move on.

These ladies are not spiteful or nasty to men, they just look at them as entertainment pieces, and live for going out to fancy places on 5th avenue, and receive expensive gifts from their suitors.

The book inspired a sequel that I have not read called Gentlemen Marry Brunettes.

In the 1950s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was remade into a popular movie musical with Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russel in the main roles.

If you have seen the 1950s movie and think of Marilyn Monroe as the main character, its not she at all, its a very 1920's flapper in the book and original popular movie. The musical with Monroe was such a big hit that most people have the image of the 1950's and Marilyn, but the original story has a very elegant 1920's upscale crowd, and a more old fashioned feeling of social graces and customs. Over all I prefer the atmosphere of the 1920s flappers and their upscale manners.

I much prefer the book and wish there were a way of making it into a movie.

Gone With the Wind at Amazon

Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh
Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh

Gone With the Wind

Perhaps the most popular movie of all time.

This is one great novel, and it is also a master piece of a movie. The cinematography is exquisite. The use of color is genius. The dialogue, costumes, and camera work are a sight to behold, but when put together with Clark Gable, and Vivien Leigh, really living their characters,it is the most perfect movie ever made, If one had to choose one perfect film.

When reading the book, one feels that Margaret Mitchell must have been thinking about Gable, it is so Clark Gable that anyone else in that part would have looked out of place. If ever you thought that Gable could not act, and was just a pretty face, this movie will prove your wrong.

One must be prepared to see a long movie that jerks emotions in every direction. Its a Draw

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      Angela Blair 5 years ago from Central Texas

      Ellie sounds like you're describing Joan exactly. She was gooey nice until something would set her off and then it was all a screaming, yelling fit. I, unfortunately, forgot she'd requested straight vodka be put in her water glass rather than water -- that was the beginning! If she'd been in my restaurant more than the hour she was there I'd have cut my own wrists! Best/Sis

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for this wonderful comment. I love to hear about Joan. I have heard people say she was really groveling nice, or she was a monster. Nothing in between.

      I know what you are talking about when you say you can't please her because I met a nice older man when I was managing a dental office, my husband and I found him interesting because he was a struggling actor who has been around since the 40's. He began dating (now married to) the widow of Rudy Valle, Ellie. We ended up going to one of her house parties and I had to talk to her on the phone a few times. She simply had no sense of reality. She thought she was a queen and everyone else needed to do what she wanted because she was important.Ugh!

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      Angela Blair 5 years ago from Central Texas

      Love this Hub and believe Joan Crawford to be one of the finest actresses that ever lived -- and one of the true bit... -- ah, witches to ever breath air. When she was married to her last husband (the guy who owned Pepsi Cola) they came into the very upscale restaurant I managed in Dallas for dinner. (This happened a jillion years ago and I was very young). I'd always pictured her in my mind as tall and thin (of course, with the big shoulders) -- wrong -- she was not tall but petite and thin. She was also the most difficult human being I've ever had the misfortune to deal with as there was no pleasing her about anything. Her complexion was the most flawless I've ever seen -- translucent -- however any of her good points were overshadowed by her big, mean mouth. There's not a doubt in my mind her daughter's book "Mommy Dearest" was the absolute truth. Voted this Hub up, up and away. Best/Sis