I stumbled across an amazing story, A Message to Garcia, about 6 months ago, which sums up what we all should strive to be and should look for when hiring people. This book is in the public domain, and I am including copies at the end of this review, based on the Project Gutenberg texts.
The little article was written the author explains in the forward "Apologia"after a conversation between his young sons about who the 'real' hero of the Spanish-American War was. One son asserted that is was actually Col.
Andrew Summers Rowan, whom had been summoned by Pres. McKinley to deliver a message secretly to the leader of the insurgents, General Garcia, in Cuba. The problem was that no one quite knew for sure where Ga I found the story of the story as fascinating as the story itself.
The problem was that no one quite knew for sure where Garcia was. Rowan only a Lt. He managed to find him in the then jungles on Cuba after only 4 days, and the later victory that happened was surely as a result of this.
Rowan ended up being decorated for deed, and Pres. McKinley said "I regard this achievement as one of the most hazardous and heroic deeds in military warfare. He enlarged the meaning of the heroics Rowan did to apply to other areas of life-- labor, politics, family, etc.
He didn't highly regard it-- didn't even title it, but looked at it as more filler between the other stuff. When record numbers started pouring in for copies of reprints, he figured out it was for this one article. It ended up in a visiting Prince from Russia's hands who took it back, had it translated and distributed to every soldier then serving in the Russian Army during the Russo-Japanese War.
Upon taking Russian soldiers prisoners-of-war and finding a copy of this on each of them, the Japanese Government decided it must be very important and had it translated, and on order of the Mikado, had a copy distributed to every government employee-- soldier or civilian.
Bymore copies had been printed world-wide than "any other literary venture has ever attained during the lifetime of its author, in all history-- thanks to a series of lucky accidents. He perished on board the Lusitania when it was sank by a German torpedo in Hubbard for his endeavor to demonstrate his idea of the proper way to accomplish a task.
However, his notion of very integral parts of completing any undertaking is quite misconceived. To describe A Message To Garcia, in the most gracious way, is to say that the point intended was poorly made.
His devotion to the matter seems complete, if not somewhat overly zealous. However, h Some marks may be granted to Mr. For what could possibly be more negligent than to accept a missive without first knowing the particulars of the undertaking?
Undeniably, there are opinions voiced in this work that do appeal to some. However, it is doubtable that every Russian railroad employee felt deeply dignified to be in possession of the booklet when ownership had clearly been imposed upon them.
In conclusion, it is evident that not only did Elbert Hubbard misjudge the importance of the information gathering process as it pertains to task completion, but he also grossly overestimated the relevance of his own advice. Sure, he got to Cuba all by his self. I dare say that had it not been for those same guides it would be a much different tale to be told.
There would have been no message to Garcia………… Just an epitaph for Rowan.97 reviews of Garcia Lawn Care Service "This guy saved me.
After a lot of rain, my realtor told me that we needed to take pictures for listing my house at pm Well, even though I gave another company a shot days ahead (ABC), they had delays. Title and Author: A Message to Garcia by Elbert Hubbard- Book Review. Synopsis of Content. In February publisher, author and "New Thought" philosopher Elbert Hubbard wrote a very short little story about an event in the Spanish American War.
A Message To Garcia is a nice, but feeble attempt to tell the story of a most intriguing espionage tale. 4 out of 5 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? A Message to Garcia, written by Elbert Hubbard, has held a place on the Commandant’s Professional Reading List (CPRL) since its inception as the Marine Corps Professional Reading Program.
A Message to Garcia: Book Review. Topics: Elbert Hubbard, “A Message to Garcia” Based off of an event that took place during the Spanish-American war, “A Message to Garcia” was written by Elbert Hubbard to sermonize work ethics and obedience.
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