How to Win Friends and Influence People is a helpful book written by Dale Carnegie back in 1936. Many people have bought this book – over 30 million copies all around the world. It’s one of the most popular books ever.

Before writing the book, Carnegie was teaching courses about business and how to get along with others in New York starting from 1912. In 1934, a person named Leon Shimkin from a company called Simon & Schuster attended one of Carnegie’s 14-week courses about how to relate to people and speak in public. Later, Shimkin convinced Carnegie to let someone write down everything from the course so it could become a book. The first five thousand copies of the book sold really well. In the first year, the book had 17 different versions.

In 1981, a newer version of the book came out. It had updated words and new stories. This version had fewer parts – from six parts down to four. They took out sections about writing effective business letters and making marriages better. In 2011, the book was ranked 19th on a list of the 100 most important books by a magazine called Time.

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