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The Gospel of Wealth

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Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) was a Scottish- American businessman, a major philanthropist, and the founder of the Carnegie Steel Company which later became U. S. Steel. He considered the U. S. as the role model for democratic government. In 1886, he penned his most radical work, entitled Triumphant Democracy. The work was an attempt to argue his view that the American repub ...more
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Published October 28th 2008 by Dodo Press (first published 1889)
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Amy Bailey
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ok, so this isn't really a book and it's a bit unfair to count it as one, but I wanted to review it, so I've added it. I studied this work for a current paper I've written for my Public Library class on Andrew Carnegie's impact on public libraries in the U.S. While I think his philosophies are a bit short-sighted and I don't agree COMPLETELY with what he advocates, I think he approaches it from a good angle. Carnegie had a disdain for the wealthy people who gave to charity simply for the fact of ...more
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great historical figure shares his opinion on past and present, rich and poor, capitalism and communism, taxation and value of public goods. He makes an extra effort in explaining the importance of duties of wealthy individuals to society.

Have to reread it in the future.
May 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
I find myself vehemently disagreeing with Carnegie while agreeing with other points. I think his disregard of socialism is weak at best, and his justification for capitalism abysmal.

He says, "for civilization took its start from the day that the capable, industrious workman said to his incompetent and lazy fellow, "If thou dost net sow, thou shalt net reap,"".

I agree with this statement. However, Carnegie fails to notice that often the capitalist is just as much the incompetent and lazy fellow
James (JD) Dittes
This book is more about gospel than wealth. Carnegie's gospel is this: money is best spent by the billionaires, not the government or the worker.

Over a series of four essays he lays out his case that most charitable contributions are wasted--as are the offspring of those who have worked to earn millions. Carnegie sees virtue in giving, and he highlights ways that his money has done good.

This isn't a strident book. Carnegie's social darwinism is evident, but he doesn't press his case against work
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Understandably, the language is dated, yet the theory still stands correctly in my mind. If you are one of the 1%, use your wealth before your death to contribute to causes that will touch and change more people. Like Carnegie did with his libraries then and Bill Gates and his wife are doing now.

By setting that up before death, you are not only in charge of your idea to alleviate confusion or will battles later, you will see the benefits now rather than after you are gone. Look at Stanford, The
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Social Darwinism, Gilded Age propaganda, you name it. Many of these arguments are still made today.

"The problem of our age is the administration of wealth, so that the ties of brotherhood may still bind together the rich and poor in harmonious relationship. The conditions of human life have not only been changed, but revolutionized, within the past few hundred years. In former days there was little difference between the dwelling, dress, food, and environment of the chief and those of his retain
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Gospel of Wealth essay is a very interesting read. We tend to have the image of amassing so much wealth you fill an entire swimming pool full of cash, but Carnegie doesn't only consider that a waste, but condemns it as evil. Carnegie states how wealth is best used by giving back to the community, not through charity, but administering you wealth accordingly to enrich society. Investing your money and creating industries, allocating your wealth to enrich the mind and experiences of your neigh ...more
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Gospel of Wealth was originally an article written by Andrew Carnegie describing the responsibility of philanthropy by the upper class of self-made rich.
The great man's words: "This, then, is held to be the duty of the man of Wealth: First, to set an example of modest, unostentatious living, shunning display or extravagance; to provide moderately for the legitimate wants of those dependent upon him; and after doing so to consider all surplus revenues which come to him simply as trust funds,
Rob Pucci
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent read, whether you agree with all of its ideas or not. More folks should read this book, and then see if their world view changes.
Jeff Walker
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A thoughtful book that everyone should read, but few will understand the message.
Jared Ring
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting treatise on both the morality of philanthropy and class struggle at large.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
We all have a responsibility in deciding how to share our wealth. Even the non-wealthy. And then some will criticize how where you choose to leave your wealth and how it is used. I liked that Carnegie chose to do this while he was alive and relatively young.
Christopher Lewis Kozoriz
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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"This, then, is held to be the duty of the man of Wealth: First, to set an example of modest, unostentatious living, shunning display or extravagance; to provide moderately for the legitimate wants of those dependent upon him; and after doing so to consider all surplus revenues which come to him simply as trust funds, which he is called upon to administer, and strictly bound as a matter of duty to administer in the manner which, in his judgment, is best calculated to produce the most beneficial ...more
Sep 04, 2016 added it
The Gospel of Wealth is written by Andrew Carnegie, one of America's richest men in history. Carnegie sees the affluent as stewards of the public, and confers upon them an affirmative duty to use their wealth to good uses (i.e. philanthropy). At the time, the Gospel was, and likely still is, a controversial writing. Carnegie takes a highly paternalistic view by implicitly (and sometimes explicitly) asserting that the 'happy few' are in the best position to decide what is best for society at larg ...more
Feb 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carnegie's premise is that one should not accumulate wealth beyond that which is necessary; instead, once one's needs and those of one's family are met, any surplus should be spent on projects that benefit the poor (Especially libraries.)
Interesting thoughts from one of the original robber barons.
Francis Bautista
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's a fascinating piece of work which tells rich people how to manage their own money. It's about redistributing wealth and making people realize the value of self reliance, a trait which allows societies to progress
Dec 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Progressive thoughts, no wonder the man dedicated most of his wealth to education and libraries. Unfortunately the America he described doesn't exist anymore.
Tony Garay
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Short essay about what wealth creators should be doing with their skills in wealth accumulation. Written a century ago yet very insightful to today's world.
Craig Bolton
Gospel of Wealth (Little Books of Wisdom (Applewood)) by Andrew Carnegie (1998)
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Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish American industrialist who led the enormous expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century. He built a leadership role as a philanthropist for America and the British Empire. During the last 18 years of his life, he gave away to charities, foundations, and universities about $350 million (in 2011, $225 billion) – almost 90 percent of his fortune. H ...more