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The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie and The Gospel of Wealth

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Here is the enlightening memoir of the industrialist as famous for his philanthropy as for his fortune.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 7th 2006 by Signet Classics
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I love how his optimism in life really comes through in his writings. He never says anything bad about anyone and always has a positive outlook on things. I think he would have been an enjoyable person to be around. Before reading this book, I assumed he was a stuck-up rich guy (being incredibly wealthy in his lifetime) however, it amazed me how gracious he was and how much he really gave back to the world.

This book was written in his spare time over several vacations and follows his life from
Matt McCormick
I could only make it 1/3 of the way through this book before giving up. I really like reading about business and biographies, but this is an example of how an autobiography should not be written.

People are quite bad at analysing themselves and their own life and that came off in the part of the book I read. Carnegie doesn't do a good job of identifying key points in his life and writing in an entertaining manner. In parts of the book he goes off on tangents that really don't have anything to do
Nick Urciuoli
Carnegie's Gospel of Wealth is really galling. He assumes that great men accumulate great wealth and that it is thereafter incumbent on them to give it away to benefit the public, or at least the segment of the public that can "help themselves." In appointing himself a public benefactor, Carnegie explicitly insists he can better shepherd enormous wealth than can common people if the money were distributed to them in small sums as wages. But his goal in doing so (helping advance the race) is incr ...more
I was rather unimpressed with Mr. Carnegie's need to name drop for the last third of the book. It had a slow start, but the first portion of the book, through his rise to success as a steel magnate, was pretty good. If he had refrained from adding the last third of the book, it would have been much better. Overall, he was a little hard to take. This was a class assignment, and we unanimously decided it was not one of the better selections, nor was Carnegie very likeable (in spite of his protesta ...more
Foremost recognize that it is a narrative written over a long period of time, which allowed for plenty of revision. The Autobiography reads well with many entertaining stories, but it also seems to push several agendas. I would almost say it is didactic. There are several great aphorisms in throughout the work (it seems that Carnegie meant to be quoted). It is an idealist description of the method of a successful working man, and treads lightly over the large problems adjoint to this process (it ...more
It was good. Not sure if this was the edition I really read since I didn't find the essay on Wealth in it.

Not sure it is fair to really criticize or review this one, since it was never Carnegie's intent for anyone but his friends and family to read his autobiography. So I won't. Other than to say it is good, and he may have surrounded himself with those that were smarter than he, but Carnegie was no slouch. He was as educated as any man (and much better than most) and in the elite when it came t
Lucas Remmerswaal
Andrew Carnegie's inflation-adjusted fortune was worth around US$298 billion. Carnegie's most famous quote is "Put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket". In my 13 habits series of books, "Focus stay on track, concentrate;put all your eggs in one basket, and then watch that basket." Carnegie inspired my thinking for my "13 Habits that made me Billions". According to Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers, Andrew Carnegie, was the second most prolific wealth creator and recent rec ...more
a most amazing rendition of the "self Made man', the American Dream come true. As the introduction indicates, he was in no wise perfect but he discovered his talents and improved upon them to the benefit of his fellow man, subject to his philosophy of wealth accumulation and distribution.
His life will probably be viewed as out of fashion with today's ideals, but no one should be able to discount his innate ability to succeed where most of us have had limited success.
I tip my hat to him.
Sathish Kumar
An amazing story of the success of a Scottish immigrant in US. But the problem is flow...This guy is not as good at writing as making money...
He may come off as a money-hungry bastard in history, but he had a fascinating life & capacity for building massive companies from nothing. He was quite a person.

Lots of interesting perspectives on historical figures from a first-hand experience.
Scott Worden
This is a man I greatly admire and respect being poor from Scotland and making it big in the U.S. with a humble heart. Unfortunately the book was a bit dry and hard to get through. I would like to read one of his biographies instead.
This book was interesting because Carnegie had an interesting life. However, it ws hard to get through because it was not the most well-written book. One of his biographies may be easier to read.
Darren Kittleson

I enjoyed this book. Having more insight into his early life, his loyalty to those closest to him and his family and his general views on business was refreshing. I say a must read.
Very interesting to hear about his life from his point of view. By the end though it got monotonous, but overall good.
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Very well written. I enjoyed the story-telling and his early years in particular.
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