NAPOLEON HILL was born in 1883 in Wise County, Virginia. He worked as a secretary, a "mountain reporter" for a local newspaper, the manager of a coal mine and a lumber yard, and attended law school before becoming a journalist for Bob Taylor's Magazine--a job that led to his meeting steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, which changed the course of his life. Carnegie urged Hill to interview the greatest industrialists of the era in order to discover the principles that guided them to success. Hill took on the challenge, which lasted 20 years and formed the building block first for The Law of Success and later for Think and Grow Rich, the wealth-building classic and all-time bestseller of its kind. After a long career as an author, a magazine publisher, lecturer, and consultant to business leaders, the motivational pioneer died in 1970 in South Carolina.