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A Message to Garcia: And Other Classic Success Writings

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This tale of a soldier’s self-reliance during the Spanish American War is history’s greatest motivational lesson, now collected with Elbert Hubbard’s most treasured inspirational works.

A Message to Garcia touched so profound a chord in readers that, after its publication in 1899, it became one of the most widely read works in human history. A Message to Garcia tells the st
Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 26th 2008 by TarcherPerigee (first published 1907)
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This motivational classic was written one winter night in 1899. A Message to Garcia is a pithy volume of only 17 pages. Written in just one hour it is chock full of pearls of wisdom. It centers on the real life story of Major Andrew S. Rowan who traveled the harsh terrain across the island of Cuba to meet with rebel force leader General Calixto Garcia. In doing so he infiltrated enemy lines and secured information that led to the success of the United States Army during the Spanish American War. ...more
Robert Miller
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Makes complete sense, more businesses need to heed this wisdom.
Joseph Raborg
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very Inspiring

This is a very inspiring book. It offers some great advice for how to succeed in the working world: perseverance, patience, hope, hard work, and no grumbling. It encourages one to live to the fullest.

I might have a few quibbles about some of the ideas and the overenthusiasm, but the book is quite useful.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still an inspiring read. I wish more young people could take this message to heart.
Christopher Kosel
A poweful message on the work ethic. A true classic that should be required reading for our youth.
Jan 22, 2009 rated it it was ok
Was asked to read this for work and pretty much hated every minute of it. The only reason I didn't give it a single star is because the author offered a kind of interesting look at the importance of being a "cog in the machine" during the Industrial Revolution. Still, the chapter that compares a good woman to a loaf of brown bread (over and over again) was really just too much for me. I actually wrote the words "bite me" in the margin -- probably not the type of high-level analysis my boss was l ...more
Noor Azzony
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
an inspiring quick read!
this book which is small in size but huge in content, sheds the light on the false beleifs that we have about ourselves and about life... alhough it was written in the 1800s, most of the messages that are in it still hold true!
it is a book that breaks the boundaries that we create around ourselves. the messages in the essays of the book are found between the lines... these messages, once found, are priceless!
worth the read!
Mayte Sandrin
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully inspirational.

A great little book about how to win in life. Always be willing. Always be cheerful. Always be dutiful. If I ever get tempted to whine or give up, I will go back to this treasure of a book and quickly change my outlook. Loved it. Time very well spent.
David Carus
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exceptional and Awesome

A true classic and something everyone should read regardless of their profession, businessman or not. People should work, do, contribute and show initiative and this book lays it out plainly why. Worth reading again and again.
Jan 28, 2014 marked it as to-read
I just can't get into this. The 5 pages that contain The Message to Garcia was 4-5 stars, but it's the rest that I'm just not "listening" to as I read. Will try again another time.
Scott Williams
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great set of essays

I bought this for the first essay, and I was pleasantly surprised by several of the others. The book is certainly worth the 30mins required to complete it.
Erik Porter
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
on the Marine Corps reading list
kamal robinson
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wake up!

A great, simple to understand message. I enjoyed its simplicity and analogy. I must read for the youth as soon they're able to comprehend.
Matt Hulse
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Love the message to Garcia. The other stuff was just fluff.
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Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved this book. A must read.
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Elbert Green Hubbard was an American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher. He was an influential exponent of the Arts and Crafts movement and is, perhaps, most famous for his essay A Message to Garcia.

Also known as Fra Elbert Green, for the magazine he edited, Fra.

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“A PRAYER   The supreme prayer of my heart is not to be learned, rich, famous, powerful, or “good,” but simply to be radiant. I desire to radiate health, cheerfulness, calm courage and good will. I wish to live without hate, whim, jealousy, envy, fear. I wish to be simple, honest, frank, natural, clean in mind and clean in body, unaffected—ready to say “I do not know,” if it be so, and to meet all men on an absolute equality—to face any obstacle and meet every difficulty unabashed and unafraid. I wish others to live their lives, too—up to their highest, fullest and best. To that end I pray that I may never meddle, interfere, dictate, give advice that is not wanted, or assist when my services are not needed. If I can help people, I’ll do it by giving them a chance to help themselves; and if I can uplift or inspire, let it be by example, inference, and suggestion, rather than by injunction and dictation.” 9 likes
“Sunday, with its immunity from work, was devised for slaves who got out of all the work they could during the week.” 4 likes
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