It’s been a very long time since I’ve read this book. I didn’t realize how deeply it affected me until reading it a second time and thinking, “Wow, I’m really living all this.” In hindsight, I’m glad I read it at an impressionable young age. There is a certain expectation in young males to value things like competitiveness, aloofness, precision. Dale Carnegie slashes through such ideas with a philosophy bent on sympathy, courtesy, and compromise. He is quite sexist, but considering the time period, I won’t judge the message by the messenger. The meat of his message seems to be “if you are a selfish person, try selflessness as a tool to get what you want.” He does stress the necessity of being genuine, which tempers the “go get ’em” attitude. Regardless of its flaws, it is an important work for anyone looking to shore up their interpersonal communication skills.