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A Message to Garcia (Life-Changing Classics) (Volume III) Paperback – June 1, 2002
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I gave a beggar a dime with the suggestion that he invest it in a copy of Elbert Hubbard's A Message to Garcia. --Napoleon Hill, The Law of Success
About the Author
Elbert Hubbard was born in 1859 in Bloomington, Illinois, and never received more than a grade-school education. A self-made man in many respects, Hubbard filled in the gaps in his knowledge through voracious reading, a passion which became manifest in the founding of the Roycroft Shop, a publishing house specializing in deluxe bindings. He wrote a series of 182 biographies under the series title Little Journeys to Homes of the Great and also published two magazines, The Philistine and The Fra producing much of the content himself. Elbert Hubbard and his wife, Alice, were traveling to England on the Lusitania and went down with the ship when it was struck by a German torpedo on May 7th, 1915.
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To be clear, this is not shallow coaching, and it is certainly not "self help" or therapeutic drabble. This is core stuff, told in an interesting mix of biopic and fireside chat style of a loved parent or colleague.
A great story told by a great storyteller.
When war broke out between Spain and the U.S. it was extremely necessary to communicate quickly with the insurgents. Garcia was somewhere in the mountains of Cuba, no one knew where. No mail or telegraph message could reach him. The President must secure his cooperation and quickly. What to do? Someone told the President: "There is a fellow by the name of Rowan who will find Garcia if anyone can."
After re-reading my old book I realized the "message" in my dream. It was so obvious and painful to acknowledge because unlike, Lieutenant Rowan I'd been procrastinating for years regarding a project I promised to complete and finalize. Had I been given the 'message to Garcia' he would have never received it.
This book would be a wonderful gift to any young person starting out in life. It carries a powerful message. It got through to me; I actually started working on my project!
The book was published in 1899 and has been translated and re-translated throughout the world.
It's not well written, and not easy to follow so it looses a lot of points in that area. I think it would have been better if the story itself were told and not broken up by commentary throughout the book. It reads like an discombobulated and watered down epic poem. Tell the story, then comment on it. If you must break it up, do it in a chapter style format. Tell a chapter of the story then give commentary.
The message the book conveys is wonderful. A soldier does what they do when they are told the do it. They don't ask questions, they just do. It's also a good book on management. It says, as a leader, you should give a task to be done, and let the "subordinate" figure out how to get it done and let them do it on their own.