Book Review: The Secret of the Ages (1975 Revised Edition)

It is Mind that rules the world. —R. Collier

This is one of those seminal works you actually want to love before you even start to read it. Then you open the book up and end up struggling through it—and no matter the ending—you’re just disappointed. However, my theory this time isn’t to fault the work itself. I’m placing the blame on the 1975 revision’s additions to the 1926 original text.

I’ve heard amazing things about the original work, and I can clearly see how this one has started arguments that it was the source material for Napoleon Hill’s classic Think and Grow Rich. I’m not going to contribute to that argument though. What I can say is that I’ve listened to the original text on Audible and compared it to the 1975 edition I read. There’s clearly a difference which favors the original text.

Collier’s original contribution really set the stage for our modern re-obsession with the Law of Attraction mentality. What I appreciate most is the author’s enthusiastic approach to truly driving his formula for success into the mind of the reader.

For Collier, the only limitations men face are the ones they inflict upon themselves through their mental attitudes. Your thoughts then become the gateway to your physical and emotional success in the newly industrialized world of 1926.

Bottom line—avoid this edition and scrounge for the original text. You’ll have a better experience in the end.

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