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The Triumph of the Man Who Acts

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The Triumph of the Man Who Acts' is a great self-help book re-released after a hundred years.

The book was originally published in 1916 by Edward Earle Purinton. He had written this book as a practical, self-help book that covers health, happiness, relationships and efficiency. Ari Berkowitz has stumbled upon this book during this time of self-quarantine and has re-released it with appropriate corrections and enhancements.


Since 'The Triumph of the Man Who Acts' was initially published in 1916, it carries all the biases of that age. Edward Earle Purinton wrote it for the white male American, but most of the advice applies to all walks of life, even today. I found most of Purinton's writing brimming with energy. Of course, the onus is on the reader to pick and choose the sections that apply to them.


Going even beyond the biases, the book has some sections which might seem a bit trivial and silly. But, there is still a kernel of value even there. For example, the author advises us to wear thin and light pyjamas at night. Though it is a bit frivolous on the surface, at its core, the message is that we should ensure that we get a good night's sleep. 


Ari Berkowitz has re-organized the book into five sections - Productivity, Health, Happiness, Relationships and Freedom. Each of these sections has chapters that focus on particular topics like 'ways to ascertain character' and 'how to be an optimist'. Each chapter is, in turn, logically and hierarchically organized. There are topics, which are broken down into smaller sections and then explained. The reader can almost visualize the bullet points in their head.


In conclusion, 'The Triumph of the Man Who Acts' is an excellent book that needs to be read carefully and multiple times. It contains so much information and useful, practical advice which are still relevant today.

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Kartik reads a lot as his tastes are eclectic. He formally started reviewing books on his blog Digital Amrit in 2015, since he wanted fellow readers to partake in the joy of discovering and reading. He works with indie and best-selling authors as part of their alpha/beta/ARC teams.

The Triumph of the Man Who Acts

About the author

Edward Earl Purinton (1878-1943) was a leading American health and efficiency expert during the early twentieth century. His books and manuals sold over 10 million copies in 20 countries. view profile

Published on October 15, 2020

Published by Triumph Book Press

50000 words

Genre: Self-Help & Self-Improvement

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