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Name  Tom Butler-Bowdon

Role  Author
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Education  University of Sydney, London School of Economics and Political Science
Books  50 Self‑Help Classics, 50 Success Classics, 50 Spiritual Classics, 50 Prosperity Classics, 50 Philosophy Classics

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Tom Butler-Bowdon (born 1967, Adelaide) is a non-fiction author based in Oxford, England.


He is a graduate of the University of Sydney (BA Hons, Government and History) and the London School of Economics (MSc. Politics of the World Economy).

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Butler-Bowdon is most notable for the 50 Classics series of books, which provide commentaries on key writings in personal development, psychology and philosophy.

The series is published in English by Nicholas Brealey Publishing, and has been translated into 23 languages.

He has also provided critical introductions to self-development and prosperity classics including Think and Grow Rich, The Science of Getting Rich, Sun Tzu's Art of War, Machiavelli's The Prince, Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching and Plato's The Republic through the Capstone Classics series published by John Wiley & Sons (Europe).

He is the author of a motivational work, Think Long: Why It's Never Too Late To Be Great, Virgin, published April 2012.

Butler-Bowdon has been described as "a true scholar of this type of literature". His 50 Self-Help Classics won the 2004 Benjamin Franklin Award (US) for the Psychology/Self-Help category.

In a 2016 interview, Butler-Bowdon described the thinking behind his 50 Classics books:

"I feel my job is to mine the often transformative information in books and bring it to a bigger audience. Most people only have the time to read a few books a year, but just a single important insight could put them on the path to something great. What drives me is the idea that at some point in the future, the average person will possess much more knowledge than what is acceptable now. The possession of knowledge on its own doesn’t automatically translate into success, but what it does do is provide more references against which to check new information. For instance, it is easy to get swayed by some new idea or movement on social media or television, but if you have some grounding in history or economics, you will be able to say, “This idea has come around before, and it didn’t work”. What has been shown to work is x, y or z."


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