Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son

Letters from a Self Made Merchant to His Son This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original Due to its age it may contain imperfections such as marks notations marginalia and flawed pages Because we believe this work is c

  • Title: Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son
  • Author: George Horace Lorimer
  • ISBN: 9780766161801
  • Page: 130
  • Format: Paperback
  • This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world s literature in affordable, high quality, modernThis scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world s literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

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    1. This book is the preserved correspondence between Old Gorgon Graham, a self-made millionaire in Chicago, and his son who is coming of age and entering the family business. The letters date back to the 1890s but feel like they could have been written in any era. They are surprisingly stoic. Honest. Genuine. Packed with good advice. Normally these types of books are unreadably boring and personal. My version has only Graham's letters and none from his son so there is only one voice, one perspectiv [...]

    2. Recommended reading for any male over 14. Excellent reading for 2 reasons:1) the advice is very good2) it is hilarious."You can trust a woman's taste on everything except men; and it's mighty lucky that she slips up there or we'd pretty nigh all be bachelors.""You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction.""With most people happiness is something that is always just a day off. But I have made it a rule never to put off being happy till to-mo [...]

    3. Some very powerful notes, you rarely come across such first hand notes about basics of building a business. However, most of the stories the writer came up with seemed just eloquent ways to deny his son from doing what he wanted.

    4. I thought this was a real life correspondence between John Graham and his son "Piggy", and was curious what has happened to House of Graham & Company. If it was such good advice surely the firm would have prospered or was it a case of from shirt sleeves to shirt sleeves in three generations (or as the Chinese proverb goes 富不过三代).I then realised that this was a work of fiction by American journalist George Lorimer rather than a edited excerpts of correspondence. Written in 1901 and [...]

    5. This is book is excellent. I found it for free on the Project Gutenberg website and I'm glad I downloaded it. John Graham or "Old Gorgon Graham" was a self-made millionaire merchant for the House of Graham & Company in Chicago and this book contains letters he wrote to his son Pierrepont at certain stages of his son's life (college life, work life, marriage). The letters were primarily written to Pierrepont as he was entering his father's business. The letters are from 1890 and I'm surprised [...]

    6. Some of the best advice I've found in any book. And it's the funniest book I've read this year. Also written in 1903 and free.

    7. Review:Timeless wisdom. A very good read.Extracts-Does a College education pay? You bet it pays. Anything that trains a boy to think and to think quick pays; anything that teaches a boy to get the answer before the other fellow gets through biting the pencil, pays.It isn’t so much knowing a whole lot, as knowing a little and how to use it that counts.I can’t hand out any ready-made success to you. It would do you no good, and it would do the house harm. There is plenty of room at the top her [...]

    8. Of course, clothes don't make the man, but they make all of him except his hands and face during business hours, and that's a pretty considerable area of the human animal. A dirty shirt may hide a pure heart, but it seldom covers a clean skin. If you look as if you had slept in our clothes, most men will jump to the conclusion that you have, and you will never get to know them well enough to explain that your head is so full of noble thoughts that you haven't time to bother with the dandruff on [...]

    9. Every page contains at least one nugget of gold wrapped in old-world (and sometimes sexist), down-to-earth charm. Here are just a few:- Education is everywhere, free for the taking. Haul away every drop you can for everything else is screwed down tight.- The core of anything must be sound. If the core of a pig is no good, no amount of seasoning will fix it.- Sound conscience over gap-less knowledge.- "Education can make you a scholar, while [time with the boys] can make you a man."- Knowing is o [...]

    10. Amusing, but annoyingly repetitious. A fictional series of letters from an industrialist to his son, with every letter following exactly the same pattern: admonishment for something the son is doing wrong, a flood of aphoristic advice on how one's business and personal affairs should be conducted, a meandering anecdote that only vaguely pertains to the son's situation. There is almost no plot (other than the short chapter intros which only sketchily show the son's actions), and we learn little a [...]

    11. Great book. I learned about the book through a website saying it was a must read. This book is a gem and has alot of wise advice. It is hard to follow at some points since it was made during a different time in history with different slangs and sayings that were popular for that time. But the advice given in the book was priceless. Some of the advice i received from my own father when I was younger. This is a great book for a young man. I think everyone should take the time to read it and learn [...]

    12. This is one of those books where you should go and read a chapter a day, because there is so much wisdom and good advice that one must take some time to have all of it absorbed appropriately. Would recommend to anyone.

    13. This was a quick and interesting book! I enjoyed all the stories he wrote about to his son and funny tangents he went on. There were some good business and life lessons in there too.

    14. This book was definitely written for a male audience, in case the title wasn't an indicator.Aside from the examples given and the language used, you would be hard pressed to figure out this was written in the 1900s. Some of the advice given in this book were true gems and stark reminders that some wisdom is timeless.Here were a few choice highlights of mine:"I want to say right here that the easiest way in the world to make enemies is to hire friends.""And when a fellow whines that he's being he [...]

    15. Interesting read, full of smart advice and wisdom about business and interpersonal decisions and character. The format of telling a story ("Why this reminds me most of Old Widow Jenkins who lived in my boyhood townblah blah blah") got repetitive. Really the whole thing got repetitive; there were sections in which a particular point was pounded home about 15 times when I felt it only needed maybe, oh, 7 good hits. But that's me. We're all flighty with our attention spans and spoiled by content sc [...]

    16. This was an interesting book which was written as 20 letters written by John Graham, the wealthy head of the House of Graham and Co. Pork Packers in Chicago to his son, Pierrepont Graham. The first letter starts during the time the son is back east getting a formal education, subsequent letters see the son come into the family business working himself from the mail room and up through the ranks of the company, until the twentieth letter in which the father is giving marriage advice and his bless [...]

    17. This is the most impactful book I think I've ever read, as well as one of the best. It offers great insight, perspective, wisdom, lessons, and experience in a way that humorous and digestible. It is a spectacular break down of the human psyche but presented in metaphor that captures the lessons brilliantly. I think it's amazing. The analysis of life, the distilled experience, the wisdom, it just makes this book so rich. I've never annotated more. I ended with 116 annotations and more highlights. [...]

    18. Good advice from father to son. There are some nuggets of wisdom in the book, such as:-You will always find it a safe rule to take a thing just as quick as it is offered—especially a job. It is never easy to get one except when you don’t want it; but when you have to get work, and go after it with a gun, you’ll find it as shy as an old crow that every farmer in the county has had a shot at;-A clear mind is one that is swept clean of business at six o’clock every night and isn’t opened [...]

    19. This is a collection of letters from father to son that contains great swathes of relevant advice despite the book being published in 1902. Relationships, work ethic, dealing with money, education and much more is conveyed in twenty letters written in that unique voice loving yet critical fathers seem to adopt for offloading wisdom to their offspring. At times the no-nonense, workaholic father strikes me as being too heavy on criticisms and too light on blessings, but overall the tough love appr [...]

    20. This book sums up LIFE very nicely and offers precious wisdom & advice on how to live it; it highlights all experiences, the errors of the youth, the lures of women, foolish people, society , marriage, procrastination and what-not that a person is likely to come across or encounter at different parts of their lives! It's Strangely Hilarious, and i must admit, it was hard read for me initially, but once i got the hook of it, i was alright; and i am glad i did read this book! Some of the best [...]

    21. Some good advice for young people and some for old one too. This book has practical tips that one should follow. I however disagree with the last letter, where the author says women are not good in doing business and he prefer them to be at home as they are more emotionally driven. I agree that women are more emotionally driven than men, but that's there strength too. I think that makes them strong over long run.P.S. The book is available freely at Project Gutenberg.Link: gutenberg/ebooks/21959

    22. I'll preface this review: there's some racist and misogynous BS in this book. If you can separate that from the rest, there are lots of fun aphorisms and anecdotes in this book that convey good and wise life lessons. The prose evokes tangible imagery, and the stories are humorous caricatures of human folly that we can recognize in ourselves and our own lives. Lorimer manages to fold what is essentially a self-help book into a light-hearted narrative. An easy and enjoyable read that can be read i [...]

    23. Great read - fun and full of little nuggets of parental wisdom, most still valid to this dayGreat short book about a fathers letters to his son. As his son is leaving for college, ge starts writing letters which covers all spectrum of common sense, which are still applicable to this day (most of them).Ligh hearted , funny and full of little stories to illustrate his point to his son. I thoroughly enjoyed this little book!

    24. A collection of letters from a successful businessman to his son. There's some great business and life advice in here, and parts of it are very funny.I really enjoyed all the pork and sausage references (the father runs a meat packing business). Example: "I never could quite lay hold of that atmosphere dodge by the tail, but so far as I could make out, the idea was that there was something in the air of the Oxford ham-house that gave a fellow an extra fancy smoke."

    25. This book is full of golden nuggets and anecdotes. It’s a very quick read and I honestly think that any young man would benefit from reading it. There is nothing groundbreaking, but just lessons that need reiterating in the world today.

    26. Read this book as recommended by Ryan Holiday. He was right: This is a book I will revisit and quote and recommend. This book is full of witty business and life counsel. A quick, complete pleasure to read.

    27. Amazing stuff here. 300% better than most of the self-help videos you'll find on YouTube. Read this slowly and apply each lesson to your life, then see the changes!

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