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The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
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Sep 02, 2010

it was ok
Read in September, 2010

The Greatest Salesman in the World isn't a book about sales. It is a story set in sort-of biblical/ancient times though without much regard for history (much like Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist) with story which is really more like prescriptions for self-improvement (also very much like Coelho's book). The problem is that there really wasn't much of a story, and the "secrets" in the scrolls were "lessons" that could be found in the simplest self-help book. What further hampered Mandino's book was the presumptuous ending that, while not coming completely out of left field, was just ridiculous.

I can't believe that this book was the best-seller of anything. The only good thing about it is that it was so short.
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