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A Message to Garcia

And a Collection of Other Writings on Success
Narrated by: Gregg Rizzo
Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
Categories: Self Development, How-To
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A Message to Garcia is a widely distributed essay written by Elbert Hubbard in 1899, expressing the value of individual initiative and conscientiousness in work. As its primary example, the essay uses a dramatized version of a daring escapade performed by an American soldier, 1st Lt. Andrew S. Rowan, just prior to the Spanish-American War. The essay describes Rowan carrying a message from President William McKinley to Gen. Calixto García, a leader of the Cuban insurgents, somewhere in the mountain fastness of Cuba; no one knew where. The essay contrasts Rowan's self-driven effort against "the imbecility of the average man - the inability or unwillingness to concentrate on a thing and do it."

This audiobook contains various other writings by Elbert Hubbard, primarily dealing with every day life events, such as overcoming obstacles and obtaining success.

Public Domain (P)2018 Helder Media

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  • Walnut Creek, CA United States
  • 11-05-18

Timeless Wisdom

This was such an interesting book- written more than a hundred years ago- in which the author (Elbert Hubbard) shares advice on a variety of topics like work, religion, health, business, etc.

The book begins with the story of a soldier carrying an important message from President McKinley to “García”, a general located in an unknown part of Cuba. The story compares the soldier’s initiative, resourcefulness and determination to the laziness and stupidity of the typical men-men who are unwilling or unable to complete far less daunting tasks on their own.

My favorite passage in the book:
“The best religion–a religion of just being kind would be a pretty good religion; don’t you think so? But a religion of kindness, and useful effort, is nearly a perfect religion...we are weaving character every day, and the way to weave the best character is to be kind, and to be useful.”

I really enjoyed the narrator’s delivery of the material-he had a pleasant voice and read with a nice cadence.

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

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ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!

Really enjoyed this, great essay, I highly recommend it, great reading/listening that anyone can enjoy and benefit from - very insightful & packed with good advice :)
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.