The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie

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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 ...
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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: 9781495930645
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 2/13/2014
  • Pages: 222
  • Sales rank: 419,639
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.47 (d)

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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 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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