The Man without a Country / A Message to Garcia

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 33%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 84%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (15) from $1.99   
  • New (3) from $11.80   
  • Used (12) from $1.99   


This concise, enlightening volume combines a short story and essays that present tales of patriotism, hard work, self-worth, and ingenuity.

The Man Without a Country, by Edward Everett Hale

Originally written in 1863 by a relative of patriot Nathan Hale, this story, according to the author, was created "for the single purpose of teaching young Americans what it is to have a country, what is the duty which they owe to that country, and how central that duty is among all the duties of their lives."

Philip Nolan, a fictional character also known as the man without a country, earned his distinction from the punishment handed down at his court-martial. In fact, his "punishment" was merely the fulfillment of his wishes as stated at the trial, when he declared, "I wish I may never hear of the United States again!" The lessons learned as Nolan served his sentence--in exile, yet surrounded by his fellow countrymen--still inspire and move men today.

A Message to Garcia, by Elbert Hubbard

This book was written in a single hour to laud the real hero of the Cuban War: Rowan, the man who, without question or waver, delivered President McKinley's letter to Garcia, the leader of the insurgents. More than merely honoring one man, however, this story also sings the praises of virtues in all men: the ability to simply do a job, to do what is asked, to give your word, and to keep it.

After its initial publication as a series of magazine articles, the story proved so universally popular that more than forty million copies were quickly reproduced in pamphlet form, not only in English, but also in Japanese, Russian, German, and many other languages. Also included are "The Boy from Missouri Valley" and "Help Yourself by Helping the House," both of which extol loyalty to oneself and one's commitments.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565544536
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Series: COSY Corner Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 0.31 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Hubbard spent much of his life carefully collecting quotes and passages of significance from history and literature. As he gathered these selections, he added them to his scrap book for his own personal inspiration. Yet, he never once conceived of the idea to publish what had served as spiritual nourishment for his own refreshment and pleasure.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)