The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie and The Gospel of Wealth

The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie and The Gospel of Wealth

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From his humble beginnings as a Scottish immigrant to his ascension to wealth and power as a 'captain of industry,' Andrew Carnegie embodied the American 'rags to riches' dream. Alive in the time of the Civil War, Carnegie was the epitome of a self-made man, first working his way up in a telegraph company and then making astute investments in the railroad industry. Through hard work, perseverance, and an earnest desire to develop himself in his education, culture, and personal economy, Carnegie finally made his considerable fortune in steel. What is perhaps most remarkable about this historical figure, however, was his overwhelmingly generous practice of philanthropy in his later life. In his essay "The Gospel of Wealth," Carnegie relates his ideas on the distribution of the rich's wealth to the poor in a responsible capitalistic society. In setting an example of his own beliefs, Carnegie gave away millions of dollars for the public good, demonstrating his own willingness to promote human welfare and the betterment of man.

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ISBN-13: 9780451530387
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/07/2006
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 134,138
Product dimensions: 4.13(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Andrew Carnegie emigrated from Scotland to the United States in 1848 at the age of 13. At the age of 65 he sold the Carnegie Steel Company to J. P. Morgan for $480 million and devoted the rest of his life to writing and philanthropy.

Gordon Hutner is a professor of American literature at the University of Illinois. He is the author and editor of many books and articles about fiction, ethnic studies, and American cultural criticism. He also edits the scholarly journal American Literary History.

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The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie and The Gospel of Wealth 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Ty_Hampshiro More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. It tells about Andrew Carnegie's childhood in Scottland, his immigration to America, and his rise to industrial power. This probably one of the most amazing rags to riches story that I have ever read. Carnegie's story proves that anyone can reach the top if they put everything they have twords it.
alexphilAU More than 1 year ago
The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie is a beautiful book by itself. It is a clear timeline of his life and times. A boy who's father is a weaver coming from a poor Scottish family. This is a story of a boy who made it to the richness of his own labor. A boy who became an iron magnate in the United States and donated two thousand libraries or so I n his lifetime. Ndrew Carnegie is one of the very few men of his kind in this century who worked hard so that others or everybody might enjoy the fruits of his labor. I am recommending this book to all biography lovers!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In addition to the flowery writing of the day, Mr. Carnegie's overblown sense of self importance makes this virtually unreadable. While his ego no doubt served him well in his lifetime, a biography of Andrew Carnegie, written by an impartial author, is what I am now seeking.
Ken_Can_76 More than 1 year ago
I was actually pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the book and learned from it. Andrew Carnegie was a very good writer and did an ok job with the book. There were some sections which had a bit too much self boasting about donating millions to one charity or another or having the ear of one politician or another and singlehandedly convincing them on a course of action which assuredly avoided a global catastrophe... just listing them down almost in an attempt to garner admiration from readers. But overall, it was informative and a pretty good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
homeofharris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love how his optimism in life really comes through in his writings. He never says anything bad about anyone and always has a positive outlook on things. I think he would have been an enjoyable person to be around. Before reading this book, I assumed he was a stuck-up rich guy (being incredibly wealthy in his lifetime) however, it amazed me how gracious he was and how much he really gave back to the world. This book was written in his spare time over several vacations and follows his life from starting in a poor Scottish town to the end of his life. I always keep this book around when it is rainy or dreary out, and I feel a bit down because Carnegie's cheery temperament always gets rid of my blues.