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From Publishers Weekly

In the first of his bestsellers, The Greatest Miracle in the World (1975), Mandino wrote about the mystic and inspiring figure of Simon Potter the Ragpicker, who rescued drunks and others from life's dumping grounds with the help of a credo he called God's Memorandum. Here he reappears, bringing a new set of principles--basically the Golden Rule plus added strictures against destroying the earth, humanity's only home. Fans of the author's earlier self-help guides will find all they seek here, and will presumably overlook the elaborately melodramatic close and contrived narrative device. Others may balk at Simon's lengthy recitation of Mandino's numerous achievements: million-plus book sales, awards, crowded lectures, guest spots on national TV, etc. All impressive and true, but focused on the author instead of the message.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Mandino has written 14 very successful books about achieving success and happiness. His fans are numerous and loyal. If you did not know this already, his latest work will practically scream it at you. Those who finish this pretentious, book-length resume, fleshed out by a meager plot, will know all about Mandino's many awards, his talented children, and the cassette versions of his books. The simplistic and incidental use of God and religion, and the gross misuse of the Hebrew work Mizpah (Genesis, 31:49) is distressing. The last ten pages are interesting and contain some good advice--for readers who have never read the Bible, taken a class in psychology, or listened to their mothers. These few pages are good, but do not justify the book's purchase.
- Kenneth M. Locke, Sellersville, Pa.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 417 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (December 29, 2010)
  • Publication Date: December 29, 2010
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J4X9Y2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,780 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Og Mandino is the most widely read inspirational and self help author in the world. Former president of Success Unlimited magazine, Mandino was the first recipient of the Napoleon Hill Gold Medal for literary achievement. Og Mandino was a member of the International Speakers Hall of Fame and honored with the Masters of Influence by the National Speakers Association. Og Mandino died in 1996 but his books continue to inspire countless thousands all over the world.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By "fgllc" on June 10, 2004
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I loved the original 'ragpicker' book by Og Mandino -- The Greatest Miracle in the World.' This sequel was written about 10 or 15 years later and something happened to Mr. Mandino in that time! He seemed more interested in telling you about all of his accomplishments, all of his material possessions, etc. than the inspirational message in the original book. Further, he replaced much of the God-based inspiration with politically correct platforms.
Just bizarre to me how an author could change that much. I read a couple other reviews from disappointed readers and ignored them. Now I wish I would have believed them.
I still love the older Og Mandino books, however, especially the Trilogy, but this one isn't worth the waste of time or money, or worth the disappointment in this author that I've looked up to....read at your own risk.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 2003
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This book was extremely hard to read and appeared to be a bragging platform for the author. The majority of the book is full of the author proclaiming his success through his own words and the words of this mentor. I almost threw the book out the window when reading the passage, "Mister Og...Certainly you are no longer motivated by the need for money. I smiled thinking to myself that he already knew so much about me it was a good probability that he also had a good idea of my net worth." Use your time more wisely and find something more worthwhile to read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 25, 2002
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I have had a hard time not throwing this book away. It is a shameful way to plug your own accomplishments ... using the "notion" that you are having a special relationship with a messenger from God. Simon Potter was merely an avenue for Og Mandino to let the world know he shared company (in the palace)with Imelda Marcos. Of course, Simon Potter witnessed Mr. Og's kind gestures when paying for the "armed guard's" meals as they were protecting such an important man as Og Mandidno. This book is a conversation Og Mandino has with his own self. A book full of Og Mandino being full of himself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 10, 2002
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Mr. Mandino dilutes his message by using most of his book to tell the reader that he overcame failure to become a great success. He goes on in exquisite detail to enumerate all his great accomplishments and acclaim. Unfortunately most people are not turned on to a message that says, "Look at all my awards and how great I am. Read my affirmations for six minutes a day and you too can be wonderful." While he is at this, he lets you know how he stands on gun control, the environment, TV and other political things.
I am surprised his affirmations use negative words like "not". Many consider this an ineffectual way to write affirmations. A positive statement works better on the subconscious.

He does come up with some good life concepts at the end of the book. Most of these can be found in the New Testament. I love Mr. Mandino and his earlier books. I have to wonder why he wrote this one in this manner.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 3, 1999
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Who are you trying to kid, Og? I guess you made a lot of bucks with this one...I know you dug into my pocket. It seems like the bucks are your major interest in all your later books. This is the first book that I kept track (page by page) of how much is self-aggrandizement (55%) or simple filler (20%) or characters out of context (18%) or actually something worth reading (7%). Not recommended for anyone who doesn't have a fetish for finding minute needles lost deep in huge piles of straw.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "bob21921" on August 7, 2002
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Perhaps it's me, but I had to put this down and walk away on page 101. The greatest miracle is that I made it that far. The only thing I learned is that Mandino claims to sell a lot of books. I say "claims" because this beauty has barely cracked the top 100,000 in sales at Amazon. Whatever. I'm obviously not the brightest bulb as it took me 100 pages to figure out that Simon Potter's only role is to pump the author's ego. No wonder Mandino likes him so much.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By blurglecruncheon on April 15, 2003
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I enjoyed Mr. Mandino's first effort, _Greatest Salesman in the World_, for substantially different reasons than _Ragpicker_. _Salesman_ was short and to the point and had a clever ending, and the principles were well worth repeating. I read it a few times over and, encouraged, I went to the library and picked up all the Og Mandino books I could find--they were nice and short and if a few were half as good, I could learn a lot in a short time. Self-help books usually give me a temporary boost, but regrettably, after a while Og's oeuvres fell into a certain pattern where my main 'can-do' was that I could write better than this. Person is down in the dumps, person finds inspiration to get out of the dumps, the original source of inspiration dries up, person writes to others how to follow suit before the advice is lost forever. _Ragpicker_ seems to epitomize what can go wrong with a lazy yet prolific writing style.
I suppose for practical purposes this is all right; a person can see different yet similar positive messages, and these offset the sorts you get in everyday life. What is not so good is that the style has degenerated terribly, and events begin to parallel Mandino's life, and eventually adulation for Mandino slips in; Mr. Mandino forgets that it is the reader who is supposed to enjoy the book. There are slight drops from _Salesman_ to part II, where Hafid, the Greatest Salesman, starts his own self-help tour for peasants. You see a huge drop in the prequel to _Ragpicker_, _Greatest Miracle in the World_, when an angel-figure dubs Mandino's work a 'hand of God' work with various timeless classics.
But in _Ragpicker_ the only originality left is that Og drops in a weird bird to accompany the angel-figure we thought had died in _Miracle_.
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