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Books Are Tremendous by Charlie "Tremendous" Jones – Book Review

Title and Author: Books Are Tremendous by Charlie “Tremendous” Jones

Synopsis of Content:

The late Charlie “Tremendous” Jones was a lover of books and dedicated to self improvement and self education through reading and study.

Jones was born in Alabama and grew up in Pennsylvania. He was a super salesman and publisher. He also maintained an exhausting speaking schedule for nearly 50 years.

Jones founded and operated Executive Books, his publishing company. Through this company he sold and gave away thousands of books over the past half century. Most of the books he sold were self improvement books in sales, leadership, self development, etc. Many of them are small paperback books, sold cheaply, but containing many gems of wisdom and knowledge from many sources, new and old.

Among the most well known of his little books is this one, Books are Tremendous. In this book Jones collects a number of essays and quotations from J. C. Penney, John Henry Newman, Oswald Chambers, Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Orison S. Marden, Joseph Addison, Abigail Van Buren, Henry Ward Beecher, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, William Shakespeare, C. S. Lewis and many other educators, orators, authors, captains of industry and book lovers, famous and unknown.

Packed into these 64 pages are concise insights from scholars and leaders over the past 200 years illustrating the value of reading and study. If you harbor any doubts of the value of self improvement and reading this little book will vanquish such doubts. If you love books as much as Charlie Jones did you will enjoy this journey with so many fellow bibliophiles.

Readability/Writing Quality:

This book is very easy to read. Most of the essays are no more than a page or two in length. You can sit and read the entire book in an hour or bite off little pieces over time, either way it is enjoyable and enlightening.

Notes on Author:

As noted above the late Charlie Jones was an enthusiastic promoter of books, publisher, and speaker. His books remain for sale both new and used. He remains a great influence on millions who have heard him speak and read his work. Jones was a self made man who found tremendous success from books and by selling them. He possessed unbounded enthusiasm which made him a formidable salesman and great public speaker. Though he has passed his daughter continues his work.

Three Great Ideas You Can Use:

1. What to Read: all great literature, fiction and nonfiction, which seek to uplift, inspire, educate, and empower. Jones advocated reading good books and uplifting work and denounced what he called “trash” books.

2. How Shall You Read: find your own best method to read and study. Read with a purpose. Study what you read, rather than merely reading through it. Take notes. Review. Re-read as you need to and go back to things you’ve read in the past. Jones was an avid reader and encouraged others to be the same.

3. To Read Profitably: remember the elements of intention, attention and retention. Read with these in mind. What is your intention in reading; pay attention to what you are reading and seek to retain it for the future. This is how you will learn from your reading.

Publication Information: Books Are Tremendous edited by Charlie T. Jones

Copyright: 2004 Executive Books.

General Rating: Very Good


Source by Daniel Murphy


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