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Andrew Carnegie was an immigrant, a poor boy who worked in a cotton mill, a man who amassed a great fortune as a steel baron and then became one of the most generous and influential philanthropists the world has ever known. His famous dictum, that he who dies rich dies disgraced, has inspired philanthropists and philanthropic enterprises for generations. During his own lifetime, he put his ideas into action by creating a family of organizations that continue to work toward improving the human condition, advancing...

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Andrew Carnegie was an immigrant, a poor boy who worked in a cotton mill, a man who amassed a great fortune as a steel baron and then became one of the most generous and influential philanthropists the world has ever known. His famous dictum, that he who dies rich dies disgraced, has inspired philanthropists and philanthropic enterprises for generations. During his own lifetime, he put his ideas into action by creating a family of organizations that continue to work toward improving the human condition, advancing international peace, strengthening democracy, and creating societal progress that benefits men, women, and children in the United States and around the globe.Here, in his own words, Mr. Carnegie tells the dramatic story of his life and career, outlining the principles that he lived by and that today serve as the pillars of modern philanthropy.

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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: 9781452657455
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/30/2012
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (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 founded Pittsburgh's Carnegie Steel Company, which was later merged with Elbert H. Gary's Federal Steel Company and several smaller companies to create U.S. Steel. With the fortune he made from business among others he built Carnegie Hall, later turning to philanthropy and interests in education, founding the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Carnegie gave most of his money to establish libraries, schools, and universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and other countries. Antony Ferguson is a native of London, England. Upon leaving Bretton Hall School of Drama, he worked extensively in English regional repertory theaters, most notably playing the lead in Edward II, Don Juan, and Lord Byron in a production of Camino Real for Alan Ayckbourn's theater company. He has appeared several times on London's West End, winning the award for best actor as Jimmy Porter in an award-winning production of Look Back in Anger and playing the lead in The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew by Robert Bolt. Upon moving to New York City, Antony worked Off Broadway, in regional theater, and on national tours, where he specialized in classical theater, and has won several awards for his work. He also has a thriving business in the world of voice-over and is especially fond of narrating audiobooks. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

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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 April 29, 2014

    This book comes with an old timey feeling, as its writing has o

    This book comes with an old timey feeling, as its writing has older words and a far different or slower flow than we are accustomed to today. Andrew Carnegie was certainly a very sophisticated and well-versed man, who became very able in literacy, history, business and politics. His writing easily conveys his unique voice, following his train of thought almost directly. However, his writing is formal, but it does not come with a very concise message or fluidity. He wrote this book to give information on his life, especially his rise from poverty to become one of the top business men in the world. It is written in first person, with small blurbs of third person descriptions of his family and colleagues. This is a pretty obvious Autobiography aimed to elaborate on the life of Carnegie from his own mind. Carnegie seems to be focused on telling anyone possible about his life, thus this book doesn't have an very direct audience.
    I really enjoyed reading about this man's life, as his story is one of inspiration for me. This book helped to reinforce and develop the knowledge I already had on him. I learned so much on his life and his rise from poverty, and I was thoroughly intrigued by his work ethic and morals. The people he spent time with were those of the top, presidents from the U.S. and various other countries, and many other famous folk, such as Mark Twain and Matthew Arnold. This man was not just business oriented, he also had focuses on diplomacy and philanthropy.
    The goal of this book seemed to be aptly accomplished by the end, I felt very informed on the details of his life. However, this book and its accounts did seem to be very biased and self-promotional, as it is with most autobiographies. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in history or business, as that is its main focus and origin.

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