Tom Butler Bowdon

Author of "50 Politics Classics"

Tom is a graduate of the London School of Economics (MSc Politics of the World Economy) and the University of Sydney (BA Hons Government & History). He left his first career in the civil service to write the bestselling 50 Self-Help Classics, the first guide to the personal development literature and winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award (2004).

50 Success Classics (2004); 50 Spiritual Classics (2005); 50 Psychology Classics (2007); 50 Prosperity Classics (2008), 50 Philosophy Classics (2013) and 50 Politics Classics (2015) are all published by Nicholas Brealey. With its commentaries on over 350 books, the series has been published in 25 languages and is sold in over 30 countries. Tom has been described by USA Today as “a true scholar of this type of literature”.

Tom 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 and Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations through the Capstone Classics series published by John Wiley & Sons (Europe).

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