- Paperback: 153 pages
- Publisher: Fireside (December 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0130715980
- ISBN-13: 978-0130715982
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Be My Guest Paperback – December, 1984
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Be My Guest was an engaging story that I enjoyed reading each night. It was a can't-put-down book, wherein Hilton documented his family story, often with humorous anecdotes, from the courtship of his parents and his boyhood growing up in New Mexico to his founding of one of the greatest hotel chains worldwide.
Each of Hilton's parents instilled in him a guiding principle that he has followed all of his life. From his mother, Mary Laufersweiler Hilton, he learned the power of prayer and from his father Gus he learned the value of work. In addition to these principles Hilton added his own: that one must never be afraid to dream. And to dream big . And big is exactly how Conrad Hilton dreamt.
Hilton got his first taste of the hotel industry when a currency panic in October 1907 left his father nearly broke. His family soon realized that they had been literally sitting on a moneymaker:
"We had the biggest, ramblingest adobe house in New Mexico directly facing a railroad station on a main line. And we had my mother's cooking. This added up to only one thing--a Hilton Hotel.Read more ›
This book came to my attention just at the right time for me to read. The story is very entertaining, keeps your attention, and inspiring. Conrad Hilton defines what a man can become. He had his feet solidly on the ground. He kept his ears open to hear that still soft voice of intuition give him the answers he needed. No doubt going to church daily empowered him to be still and be centered enough to listen for inspiration and for answers as he describes it in the book (p-196). This he describes as well as I have read anywhere. The man had integrity and faith in his being and doing. He accomplished a lot, and had an impact on many people's lives. By leaving the bulk of his wealth to a foundation his vision of what can be done continues today many years after his death.
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Price is amazing and the book looks just like a brand new. Very quick delivery. This is a good book for people who are interested in business.Published 10 months ago by Ralph Bai
Love this book. Every person who stays in hotels or works in one should read it. Conrad Hilton had meager beginnings with his parents in New Mexico. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Buffalo lady
I like this guy, unlike the people that succeeded him he is a principled guy. His story is interesting, the book is a short read, I recommendPublished 12 months ago by bret
This is a simple short book that is both an interesting true story of Hilton's rise and a guide of inspiration if you plan on being in any kind of hospitality business. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Emily L
Excellent book. It shows you need an appetite for risk hard work and faith to surmount the un surmountablePublished 15 months ago by harita rao