Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People may be the mother of all self-help books, which makes Mr. Carnegie the father of the entire industry. He started his famed classes in 1912, and now, at the close of this century, Dale Carnegie Institutes are still going strong and can boast over 4.5 million graduates in over 70 countries around the world.
Even more amazing is the fact that his two seminal self-help works are as relevant today as they were when they were originally published. For the first time, both How to Win Friends and Influence People (Simon ∧ Schuster Audio, $39.95, 7.5 hours, 0671043218) and How to Stop Worrying and Start Living (10.5 hours) are available in unabridged, audio-only presentations, read here by Andrew MacMillan. Using Carnegie's ideas in tandem is the way to go; once you make friends, influence people, and climb the ladder of success, you'll need to shed worry and anxiety and start living a full, happy life reversing the order may achieve positive results, too. Whichever, you'll be following the time-tested treatises that have improved many, many lives.