(author of "Develop Your NLP Skills", etc.)

There's nothing on sale here -
So we can say what we really think!

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Honest Abe's
Honest Abe's
Honest Abe's


Welcome to Honest Abe's NLP Book Reviews.

The List currently includes 189 books on NLP and NLP-related subjects, coaching and emotional intelligence (EI/EQ), of which 187 have been reviewed.
Latest Update:  
March 14th, 2009

Recommendation:If you are new to NLP, read My Voice Will Go With You before you read any books on NLP.  If you're already involved with NLP and you haven't read this book, do read it - as soon as possible.
Why?  Because (in my opinion, of course), when you understand Erickson's work, you are well on the way to understanding NLP at a far deeper level than just learning a few techniques.

Ratings at a Glance

In addition to the 0-7 stars rating on individual reviews, and in response to a number of visitor requests I am happy to announce a new system of rating icons on the main book list.  The system uses 5 icons, as follows:

Highest Recommendations - 6-7 stars
Strong Recommendation - 5-4 stars
Limited/Qualified Recommendation - 2-3 stars
Not Recommended - 0-1 stars
A book to avoid

Introduction and Disclaimer

My purpose in writing these reviews is to provide a consistent record of my personal view of a number of NLP and NLP-related books.  They aren't intended to impart any absolute truths, and I do this in the full knowledge that, for every book I like, someone will think it's a lemon.  And for every book I loathe, someone will think it is the greatest thing since sliced bread.
Some people will consider reading the books I recommend; some people will consider reading the books I don't recommend.  And for the record, in my book that's just how it should be.

The main limitation in offering myself as a book reviewer is (probably) the fact that no one knows how my opinions relate to their own until they've already read some of the books that have been reviewed.
To shorten this process here are 3 mini reviews of widely read titles:

Unlimited Power, Anthony Robbins
I bought this book when I was very new to NLP.  I wouldn't review it if you paid me!

The Magic of Rapport, Jerry Richardson
Factually accurate, but lacks any real spark.  There are plenty of better books at the same price or cheaper.
(A more detailed review of this book can be accessed from the list below.)

Frogs into Princes, Richard Bandler & John Grinder
One of the very best of the early NLP books - and still full of 'good stuff' - being the edited transcript of a course given by the two fathers of NLP when they were still working together.  Highly recommended.
(A full length review of this book can be accessed from the list below.)

Please note that a title starting with "The", "A", "An", etc. are listed in alphabetical order using the initial letter of the next word, so "An NLP Primer" would be listed under "N".  Likewise titles which start with a number in numeric form will be listed in alphabetical order according to the spelling of the number, thus "4 Signs" would be lister under "F".

Select a List

As of September 23rd, 2004 this page gives you the option to choose which book list you wish to view.
At present only four options are available, but more will be added in the future, such as a Coaching list, etc.

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Your Input

Thank you to the many people who have taken the time to make comments and suggestions about this site.  The comments - all of them very favourable - have come from as far away as Hawaii, Venezuela, Canada, the Philipines, the USA, Brazil and Australia, and from many other locations around Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy, the UK and beyond.  The suggestions have all been very constructive and I am (slowly) incorporating the best of them - including a "ratings at a glance" system and an author list and subject-oriented sub lists.


Andy Bradbury can be contacted at: bradburyac@hotmail.com