Og Mandino is one of the most widely read inspirational and self-help authors in the world. Former president of Success Unlimited magazine, Mandino was the first recipient of the Napoleon Hill Gold Medal Award for literary achievement. Og Mandino was a member of the Council of Peers Award for Excellence Speaker Hall of Fame and was honored with a Master of Influence Award by the National Speakers Association. Og Mandino died in 1996, but his books continue to inspire countless thousands all over the world.
Mandino, best known for his work The Greatest Salesman in the World (Bantam, 1989), attempts here to share some glimpses into his personal world by publishing a journal that he kept for approximately three years. He offers observations of his day-to-day life in rural New Hampshire, mixed with commentary about encounters with well-known individuals, and the details of his heart surgery and recuperative period. Fans of this motivational speaker may be intrigued with these snippets from Mandino's life, but general audiences will find this to be terribly rambling and often too prideful to be palatable. Despite the title, this reveals little about Mandino's philosophy of life or the keys to his success. Most listeners will wander off.‘Jeanne Leader, Everett Community Coll. Lib., Wash.