For those receptive to the Mandino success-pitch (The Greatest Salesman in the World, The Greatest Success in the World), this is a crash-course in the masters: 50 ""brilliant minds""--like Joyce Brothers, Wayne Dyer, Dale Carnegie, and Amway founder Richard DeVos--are excerpted on such topics as how to ""think"" success and how to organize yourself for success. They proffer lots of parables, five or ten ways to accomplish this or that, and inspirational plain-talk aplenty. In case we miss the point or don't recognize the author's name, Mandino introduces each piece. And, to preserve the university affectation, he organizes each group of five essays into its own ""semester."" Most of the sages are philosophical about the nature of success or motivation, but a few stray into specific areas--successful parenting say, or building a financial nest egg. Throughout, certain sacred words recur: luck (as in ""how to make your own""); excellence; persistence; failure (""how to bounce back from""); and, of course, Success. The idea of reading-your-way-to-it, exemplified.