"Talking with a mid-western businessman recently, he asked, reflectively, "What ever happened to the spirit of Horatio Alger?" For those too young to know, Horatio was the most widely read writer of boys' stories who ever lived. Exactly in accord with the temper of the times, his books provided inspiration for countless millions of American youth of the 1870's and 1880's. The popular Alger books pointed a moral, and his heros always triumphed over adversity by dint of great effort. Each story stressed how the innate honesty and other sterling qualities of the hero were instrumental in his reaching the fulfillment of his dreams in this wonderful lan of opportunity."
A Help-Your-Self Booklet, 1960