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Overview

Much more than a book of sage business advice-though it is that, too-this extraordinary autobiography of one of the greatest American success stories is the tale of the nation's entrepreneurial spirit itself. The man who made a fortune in steel relates, in a lively and at times even poetic voice, the story of his life, from the vital lessons he learned from his "poor but honest" family about the value of hard work and a generous, liberal philosophy and his early work in telegraph and railroad offices to his investments in oil and steel and the great pleasure he took in his philanthropic causes, including setting up pensions for his steelworkers.

Published in 1920, just after his death, and written as if to family and friends, this is an important reminder that there was a time in American business when a multimillion-dollar deal could be conducted on a handshake and greed wasn't good.

Entrepreneur and philanthropist ANDREW CARNEGIE (1835-1919) was born in Scotland and emigrated to America as a teenager. His Carnegie Steel Company launched the steel industry in Pittsburgh, and after its sale to J.P. Morgan, he devoted his life to philanthropic causes. His charitable organizations built more than 2,500 public libraries around the world, and gave away more than $350 million during his lifetime.

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John C. Van Dyke
Nothing stranger ever came out of The Arabian Nights than the story of poor Scotch boy who came to America and step by step, through many trials and triumphs, became the great steel master, built a colossal industry, amassed an enormous fortune, and then deliberately and systematically gave away the whole of it for the enlightenment and betterment of mankind.
—(John C. Van Dyke, editor's note to the 1920 edition)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555530013
  • Publisher: Northeastern University Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/1986
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 375
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.17 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author


Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) was a Scottish American industrialist who led the enormous expansion of the American steel industry in the late nineteenth century. He was also one of the most important philanthropists of his era.

AudioFile Earphones Award winner Antony Ferguson, a native of London, England, is a classically trained actor and has appeared in numerous productions in London, Off Broadway, and Regional theater. As a voice actor, he has over fifty audiobooks to his credit.

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Table of Contents

I Parents and Childhood l

II Dunfermline and America 20

III Pittsburgh and Work 32

IV Colonel Anderson and Books 45

V The Telegraph Office 54

VI Railroad Service 65

VII Superintendent of the Pennsylvania 84

VIII Civil War Period 99

IX Bridge-Building 115

X The Iron Works 130

XL New York as Headquarters 149

XII Business Negotiations 167

XIII The Age of Steel 181

XIV Partners, Books, and Travel 198

XV Coaching Trip and Marriage 210

XVI Mills and the Men 220

XVII The Homestead Strike 228

XVIII Problems of Labor 240

XIX The "Gospel of Wealth" 255

XX Educational and Pension Funds 268

XXI The Peace Palace and Pittencrieff 282

XXII Matthew Arnold and Others 298

XXIII British Political Leaders 309

XXIV Gladstone and Morley 318

XXV Herbert Spencer and his Disciple 333

XXVI Blaine and Harrison 341

XXVII Washington Diplomacy 350

XXVIII Hay and Mckinley 358

XXIX Meeting The German Emperor 366

Bibliography 373

Index 377

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2011

    Extraordinary

    While the book does contain typographical errors due to the scanning process, it is a historical gem. So incredible to read the words of a man so devoted to philanthropy. He was before his time.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    This book brought you back in time to before america became depe

    This book brought you back in time to before america became depended on the government.  His life story told of a person who was a hard working person who stuck to his core values even after he became wealthy. Another thing that struck me was his since of responibily to his fellow man.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Very Informative

    Very good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    A good read!

    I found it fascinating to learn details of his early life and how he committed himself to stay true to his basic values. He was not particularly greedy, but often helped others. I'm afraid that may be presently out of style.
    He writes in a chatty fashion, making it easy to pick up, put down and start over again whenever it's convenient.

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    Self service sing

    Not written very well !

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