Friday, April 14, 2017

A Message to Garcia

Before becoming the basis for two motion pictures, A Message to Garcia was written as an inspirational essay by Elbert Hubbard. This popular work is about a soldier who takes the initiative to accomplish a daunting and difficult task without questions or objections and graciously completes the task. Often used in business and life as a motivational example to readers of applying a positive attitude towards achieving a successful life.
Reading Goal Disclaimer: I chose this book when realizing my annual track was behind schedule.
I read, “A Message to Garcia,” on an overnight watch in the Middle East during the course of a hot tea and brownie. The book is in our marine brigade’s library shelf as being a requirement on the Commandant’s professional reading list. This is my second reading as I originally came across it during my studies at the U.S. Naval War College.
While it doesn’t go into detail in how Rowan gets the message delivered to Garcia it does instill values that received immediate recognition. My yearning for adventure really would like to have learned Rowan’s story, anyhow, not what this book is about. The circulation phenomena is impressive in how many reprints and translation to all languages of the world. In this reading I took a few minutes to research a few leads including the author, East Aurora, New York, Roycrofters, and the sinking of the Lusitania. Very interesting findings indeed; inspiring me to read more of Elbert Hubbard and to learn more of this period and it's history.

Read the book is my recommendation to better understand greater society in how this story played out during it’s time and persists to this day.

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