Horatio Alger Jr. was a prolific 19th-century American author of boy’s adventure stories whose heroes strive to succeed through hard work, determination, courage, and honesty. “Helping Himself; Or, Grant Thornton's Ambition” is a novel, first published in 1886. This book, a true rags-to-riches story, follows Grant, the oldest of three children of a widow, who is struggling to feed and clothe them. His determination to succeed is fierce and yet he never cheats or follows the easy path to success. Together with other Alger’s novels, “Helping Himself; Or, Grant Thornton's Ambition” intended to instill the principle of Strive and Succeed, Personal Growth and Achievement to attain the American dream.