for EVERY father and EVERY son,
This review is from: Letters of a Businessman to His Son (Cedar Books) (Paperback)
This book which every upright man knows about, written by a now-retired Canadian, who used to run nine successful companies. Thirty short letters he actually wrote to his son over the years, both to relay the thoughts of a father, and to prepare his son to run the company after him.
Prompted both by renewed realisation of his own mortality after a heart attack ("I will not be around forever"), and the awareness than oftentimes the written word has more lasting effect than the spoken.
Profoundly inspiring. Each letter very concise, and filled with the affections of a father, even in its most stern. The gentleman's uprightness, balanced by reality and warmth, palpable.
And when it is time to bow out, he is able to gracefully, the upright man proves to be nothing less than noble.
Perhaps a big factor in the letters' effectiveness is the fact that although they were all penned by one man, they were written over several years; only later did the idea of a book come about. In sharp contrast to other works which are written over a relatively short period (even if a year or two in the making), for the very purpose of publishing, which when it comes across, rather deprives the book of a "natural" feel, thereby diluting its inspirational impact.
Read each letter quietly and repeatedly. Get a copy for every son, grandson or godson as he comes of age. And spare copies to give to every friend to whom a son is born.
A MUST-READ for every father and every godfather. And a MUST-PASS-ON to every young man whose future we care about.
For a woman, or a daughter, see also "Letters of A Businessman to His Daughter".
Both books in English are now out of print in nearly every country outside JPN. But used copies abound, both in used books shoppes and from online retailers.
For new copies, available from Yohan Publishing Japan if in English. (Also available in Japanese, in both hardcover, and bunko compact editions.)
A must-read for the 99% of us men whose fathers were--or who ourselves are--not much of a talker, or who were(are) not necessarily gifted with moving eloquence, but nonetheless wish to impart wisdom to a young man.