Day 03 – Blog Challenge – Golden Classics

Welcome to Day 03 of #BookReviewBlogChallenge. Today’s prompt is “Golden Classics”. Any book published before 1995.

I chose Robert Cialdini’s evergreen bestseller “Influence” for today’s prompt. This book was published in 1984 but the evergreen content still holds true after all these decades!

Bestselling authors like Malcolm Gladwell and Tim Ferris suggest that everyone should read at least 3-4 books written 50-100 years ago. These books have stood the test of time, so the wisdom remains immortal across generations! Some other perennial classics are listed in the end of this blogpost.

  • Title – Influence
  • SubTitle – The Psychology of Persuasion
  • Author – Robert B. Cialdini, PhD

REVIEW SCORE = 5/5 *****

The book outlines six main principles of persuasion that you can use to influence others and be aware, so others do not take undue advantage of you! Must read for anyone looking to accelerate their career or business, not just marketing professionals or sales folks! If you work in product design, social media marketing or want to boost your personal branding, then please pick up a copy today!

The principles listed in this book have a very sound foundation in science and decades of research. But the book is never dry or boring and uses compelling examples to explain the topics. This book was a recommended reading for my organizational behavior and strategy class during my MBA program.

As a female immigrant, I sometimes encounter subtle prejudices and unconscious bias. I have used the principles of this book to great success to counter these effects.

One example of the effectiveness and ageless insights of this book is the principle of social proof. This book was written before the internet ever existed, but today we rely so heavily on social media reviews on Amazon, Google testimonials, Yelp stars and other proof before making even a $20 purchase.

Even Ramit Sethi, New York Times bestselling author of “I will Teach You to be Rich” and coach of Growth Labs also recommends this book as a must-read for anyone starting their business.

Similar Works

  • Books – “Alchemy” by Rory Sutherland, “Made to Stick” by Dan and Chip Heath.
  • Golden Classics – “Art of War” by Sun Tzu, “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie, “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, “Sherlock Holmes” by Arthur Conan Doyle.
  • TV Series – Mad Men
  • Genres – Applied Psychology, Social Psychology, Consumer Behavior, Marketing for Small Businesses.

Until next time, adieu and Happy Reading!

17 Comments, RSS

  1. Finitha Jose April 25, 2020 @

    I chose The Firm by John Grisham. Here is the link :

    • Ann April 25, 2020 @

      I read this book as a teenager, and only years later realized there was a Tom Cruise movie based on the book!

      Don’t give on Grisham books yet, I always felt they have a thrilling start, slow middle and then pick up pace at the end!☺

  2. Finitha Jose April 25, 2020 @

    This sounds informative. I will have to read this, not for persuading anyone but to be armed against persuasion

    • Ann April 25, 2020 @

      Definitely, it is not supposed to be a guide to be manipulative, rather becoming more engaging! Happy reading!

  3. Isabella April 25, 2020 @

    My book is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It’s an old review of mine, so it won’t be as elaborate as the ones I usually post nowadays:

    • Ann April 25, 2020 @

      This one is such a classic! Its been on my reading list for a very long time.. thanks for choosing this! Good reminder to me to get back to it soon! 👌☺

  4. Camila Arias April 25, 2020 @

    I reread and reviewed Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. I picked it because it hits close to home, especially since this week it was Yom HaShoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day.

    • Ann April 25, 2020 @

      I’ve always been fascinated by history and stories related to the world War/ holocaust. Stories about battle of Dunkirk, allied scientists, etc.. This also reminds me of Anne Frank’s diary, so will check if I can get a copy.

      Also appreciate your thoughtful comment about having open yet guided discussion when kids read this book!

  5. Delia Macdonald April 25, 2020 @

    I enjoyed finding a novel that was a little older for todays challenge. I chose the Blood of Elves published in 1994 from the Witcher series.

    • Ann April 25, 2020 @

      Is this anyway related to the TV series Witcher? The character names seem the same.

      Its amazing how the most famous movies and TV series always seem to be taken from books! For example, Hobbit / Sherlock Holmes, etc. Another reason why I love books so much!

      Just shows how some books just stand the test of time forever!!! 😊👏

  6. Unidragonfrag April 25, 2020 @

    I struggle with the classics, but the few I’ve made it through definitely led to some discussions!

    I chose Pet Sematary for this 3rd challenge!

    • Ann April 26, 2020 @

      Bestselling author Stephen King and a golden classic- now that is a double winner!
      Let me know how you fare with camp nanowrimo – I am sadly behind my quota!!

      • Unidragonfrag April 30, 2020 @

        I only just surpassed 41k last night so unless I can pump out 9k today, I don’t think I’m going to make it haha .. but we’ll see!

  7. Niru April 26, 2020 @

    I chose Agatha Christie’s Curtain, epic Classic if ever was one. Fiction, yes, but human drama and emotions always teach us something or the other. Read the full post here (no spoilers):

    • Ann April 26, 2020 @

      Perfect Poirot – I love Agatha Christie books!! This one is certainly a mindbender, with all its twists and turns!!
      Almost wish I’d chosen it myself! 👌

  8. Svetlana Libenson May 7, 2020 @

    For this one I chose How Garcia girls lost their accents by Julia Alvarez, which was published in 1992.

    • Ann May 10, 2020 @

      Nice choice, Svetlana. I will definitely look up this book – as an immigrant myself, there are pieces that appeal to me a lot!

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