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His good friend Mark Twain dubbed him "St. Andrew." British Prime Minister William Gladstone called him an "example" for the wealthy. Such terms seldom apply to multimillionaires. But Andrew Carnegie was no run-of-the-mill steel magnate. At age 13 and full of dreams, he sailed from his native Dunfermline, Scotland, to America. The story of his success begins with a $1.20-a-week job at a bobbin factory. By the end of his life, he had amassed an unprecedented fortune - and given away more than 90 percent of it for the good of mankind.

Here, in one volume, are two impressive works by Andrew Carnegie himself: his autobiography and The Gospel of Wealth, a groundbreaking manifesto on the duty of the wealthy to give back to society all of their fortunes. And he practiced what he preached, erecting 1,600 libraries across the country, founding Carnegie Mellon University, building Carnegie Hall, and performing countless other acts of philanthropy because, as Carnegie wrote, "The man who dies thus rich dies disgraced."

Public Domain (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Michelle Grunberg
  • 2018-12-31

Top 5 Books

I loved this book. AC is now a hero to me. I will buy the hard back of both and study his life. Must read.

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  • S. Vasquez
  • 2020-09-01

Getting to know him

You hear off people , and based on hearsay you form and often time the wrong idea of the person. That was my case with Mr. Carnegie. All I remember was that he was an union buster, when in reality he was not even in the country, when the event happened, and was highly regarded by labor. I wanted to know about Mr. Andrew Carnegie, and came away meeting Andy. In the end I found that he was not more much different than me, and for his humanity I am grateful.

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  • Tony Mc
  • 2018-05-23

Inspirational Man

I liked the book and Mr. Carnegie's story. I thought the book was narrated well and it can easily be listened to at a faster pace without losing anything. I do think the book went into to details it did not need but overall it was well written.

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  • RobeGarza
  • 2020-11-12

My new hero and inspiration

After listening to this book I’ve found myself a new inspiration to follow in life.

A true gentlemen in business

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  • sammyboy
  • 2020-08-25

Great Life Story of a Great Man

Great bio of the great Mr. Carnegie. Really enjoyed the Gospel of Wealth added to the end of this great book.

Only gripe is the volume of the narration made it difficult to hear when driving in a car or walking through the city.

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  • lookn4quality
  • 2020-10-25

Relevant today

The power of work ethic and taking opportunities is demonstrated. Some little known history 1890-1915 is described by way of personal conversations on decision making and topics of the day. It seemed like 20 powerful men were making decisions for the world in many respects.

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  • Mike
  • 2020-10-13

Unheard words from a good man

I wish more people would listen to Andrew Carnegie's mild yet optimistic view on business and wealth. The book helps define Mr. Carnegie's drive, and the book also shows the ideals he wished for as he built his business. It's a good read but it's sadly dull at points, talking about monotony and personal relations.

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  • Chris
  • 2021-02-21

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I enjoy especially the first half of the book. the final chapter on the distribution of wealth was also thought-provoking

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  • Stephen Walker
  • 2021-02-14

It was ok but not as good as I had hoped

Certainly Carnegie is an interesting historical figure to which we should all be grateful for his contributions and example. He was a man ahead of his time. Although the book is decently written and left me with a generally high opinion of him, I found it at times to be rather dull and going into details and accounts of people and situations which weren't relevant or meaningful, sometimes even a bit boastful if not masked in a nod of humility. Arrogance is perhaps too strong of a word, but there was something in the way he talked of his friendships and encounters with world leaders and the way in which he advised this or that or imposed some view regarding the world. He came across to me as more idealistic than realistic in his world views, though perhaps we are all the better for it.

Carnegie even states himself, and it was quite evident to me especially in the second half of the book, that he writes for the benefit of his friends to read. There are many people in which he somewhat predictably gives them a superlative character review, then recounts some situation with them which most often I found to be droll if at all memorable. Perhaps someone with greater foreknowledge of the places, people, and time in history would appreciate this book more than I did.

The final ending with the Gospel of Wealth was surprisingly and refreshingly short. I wanted to finish to the end and not miss anything, but I was looking forward to it being over. I wouldn't say that I entirely agree with Carnegie on all points, and certainly I've never had any such wealth to compare, but I would say that in this day and age the world would be a much better place if more of the wealthy and elite lived by his example.

Overall I am glad that I took the time to listen to it all and I did learn and got a feel for who he was as a man.

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  • JFK
  • 2021-02-09

Intresting

Good take on the great man and showed how humble he was during his life