The best books that help you learn how to make honest money online—and keep it

Why am I passionate about this?

I've been scammed several times. Even getting out of one and then being suckered into another. So after the last time, I just quit buying stuff until I'd gotten how and why I could get flim-flammed to begin with. So people could wise themselves up and get their freedom back. It only took a couple of years of my life, but I was able to use all my experiences of being scammed, so the research technically started many years earlier. I've got several degrees including a doctorate, and have published hundreds of titles from the research I've done in various fields. Even one on how to research.


I wrote...

Get Your Self Scam Free

By Robert C. Worstell,

Book cover of Get Your Self Scam Free

What is my book about?

A deep study into how scammers pose as Internet Marketers and work to take your hard-earned money while you are trying to learn how to earn an extra income online.

How to discover and avoid these scammers is covered, which means you also learn how to find the decent companies meanwhile.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Think and Grow Rich

Robert C. Worstell Why did I love this book?

The all-time best-selling classic of how to make yourself rich just by changing your habitual thinking. Almost everyone you know has read this—and most of them have a copy on their shelves. Most of the best-known successes credit reading this to their success. He studied the 500 top money-makers of his day and distilled what they considered made their own success into a single set of just over a dozen principles. Yes, my own copy is dogeared, tabbed, highlighted, and underlined.

By Napoleon Hill,

Why should I read it?

12 authors picked Think and Grow Rich as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is one of the bestselling motivational books of all-time. Inspired by a suggestion from industrialist Andrew Carnegie, Hill explains the philosophy that helped the wealthiest and most accomplished members of society succeed.


Book cover of If You Can Count to Four: How to Get Everything You Want Out of Life!

Robert C. Worstell Why did I love this book?

Inspired by Napoleon Hill, Jones researched thoroughly to come up with a simple four-step approach that can help a person get everything they want out of life. Once he found his research completed, he then determined to test it—and wound up with a national company with representatives in every state, plus an 8-figure income in 5 years (starting in the early 1950s). I use this four-step formula dailyfor everything.

By James Breckenridge Jones,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked If You Can Count to Four as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

If You Can Count to Four, Here's How to Get Everything You Want Out of Life!

Yes, anyone who will, in the spirit of humility and sincere desire, study and learn how to use the ideas contained in this book, can enjoy a full measure of happiness, health and prosperity according to his individuality.

There is an infinite abundance in this universe. Not only is there an infinite abundance of happiness, faith, love, courage, joy, humility, wisdom, generosity, peace, gentleness, meekness, patience, kindness, and all such qualities one could ever desire to express habitually, but there is an infinite abundance…


Book cover of Get Rich In Spite of Yourself

Robert C. Worstell Why did I love this book?

This is a rare book, but in spite of the 1945 language, the author breaks down the principles of financial success. It tells what can motivate you to succeed, and what will be your ruin. When I reviewed this again recently, I was surprised how many of these key principles were common in other success and “make money” books. Well worth getting your own copy if you can find it.

By Louis M. Grafe,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Get Rich In Spite of Yourself as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

"Many rich and successful men and women," declares the author of this helpful book, "have no more brains or energy than anyone else. They are usually driven to success. "Frequently they are so helpless they can't stop moving ahead even when they want to. Their money is made in spite of themselves!" Louis M. Grafe, who made his own fortune, lost it, and then went on to earn another fortune, presents an astonishingly simple formula for wealth and success. He has tested it in his own experience and has found that it has brought wealth not only to him but…


Book cover of The Science of Getting Rich: By Wallace D. Wattles 1910 Book Annotated to a New Workbook to Share the Secret of the Science of Getting Rich

Robert C. Worstell Why did I love this book?

Sure, this book is easily found online, since it's been downloaded almost since the Internet was createdand spread by xeroxed copy before that. If you only read the last chapter, it tells you a very simple (one-page) set of key principles that makes money find you. (I memorized that last page to have it handy all the time.)

By Wallace D. Wattles,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Science of Getting Rich as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles. The classic book updated for the modern day. Full and complete with added notes and exercises, you can write directly in the book!The added exercises help you to implement the work and gain mastery over the material. Have you even read a book and by the time you got to the end forgot the advice from the beginning of the book? This book solves that problem! The Right to be Rich We are all destined to great thing if and when we put our mind to it. Discover the age old principle…


Book cover of Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Robert C. Worstell Why did I love this book?

This was an early work that defined my own studies into recognising scams. Cialdini spent considerable time studying why he was getting “persuaded” to buy more stuffeven when he was trying to just return what he didn't want. It took him several years to compile the data. And oddly, it was certain scammers that recommend reading his book to be able to increase their sales. Once I read it, I kept referring to it as I dug out from my own expensive victimhood. It's been reprinted in several editionsso you should definitely have a copy to hand.

By Robert B. Cialdini,

Why should I read it?

22 authors picked Influence as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The foundational and wildly popular go-to resource for influence and persuasion-a renowned international bestseller, with over 5 million copies sold-now revised adding: new research, new insights, new examples, and online applications.

In the new edition of this highly acclaimed bestseller, Robert Cialdini-New York Times bestselling author of Pre-Suasion and the seminal expert in the fields of influence and persuasion-explains the psychology of why people say yes and how to apply these insights ethically in business and everyday settings. Using memorable stories and relatable examples, Cialdini makes this crucially important subject surprisingly easy. With Cialdini as a guide, you don't have…


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American Flygirl

By Susan Tate Ankeny,

Book cover of American Flygirl

Susan Tate Ankeny Author Of The Girl and the Bombardier: A True Story of Resistance and Rescue in Nazi-Occupied France

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Why am I passionate about this?

Susan Tate Ankeny left a career in teaching to write the story of her father’s escape from Nazi-occupied France. In 2011, after being led on his path through France by the same Resistance fighters who guided him in 1944, she felt inspired to tell the story of these brave French patriots, especially the 17-year-old- girl who risked her own life to save her father’s. Susan is a member of the 8th Air Force Historical Society, the Air Force Escape and Evasion Society, and the Association des Sauveteurs d’Aviateurs Alliés. 

Susan's book list on women during WW2

What is my book about?

The first and only full-length biography of Hazel Ying Lee, an unrecognized pioneer and unsung World War II hero who fought for a country that actively discriminated against her gender, race, and ambition.

This unique hidden figure defied countless stereotypes to become the first Asian American woman in United States history to earn a pilot's license, and the first female Asian American pilot to fly for the military.

Her achievements, passionate drive, and resistance in the face of oppression as a daughter of Chinese immigrants and a female aviator changed the course of history. Now the remarkable story of a fearless underdog finally surfaces to inspire anyone to reach toward the sky.

American Flygirl

By Susan Tate Ankeny,

What is this book about?

One of WWII’s most uniquely hidden figures, Hazel Ying Lee was the first Asian American woman to earn a pilot’s license, join the WASPs, and fly for the United States military amid widespread anti-Asian sentiment and policies.

Her singular story of patriotism, barrier breaking, and fearless sacrifice is told for the first time in full for readers of The Women with Silver Wings by Katherine Sharp Landdeck, A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell, The Last Boat Out of Shanghai by Helen Zia, Facing the Mountain by Daniel James Brown and all Asian American, women’s and WWII history books.…


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