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  1. 4 out of 5

    A

    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 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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Eric Beheler

    A great biography of a great man! If you want a blueprint for success study the life of Andrew Carnegie! Not only the way he conducted business, but also how he treated his workers and his partners......... Not to mention he retired early with more money than he can ever spend and then proceeded to give it all away to charity including opening numerous libraries and starting many funds that are still going today! What a model of what a human being should be!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Meaningless

    It was interesting book to read, although most biographies and autobiographies are pack of lies but you learn the techniques of creating and selling the image. These kind of books are the fav of American self help industry. So this is an inspirational story of an poor Irish immigrant child who became one of the wealthiest person in America. It is the story of remarkable success through hardwork in a liberal, egalitarian and just society (Sound too good to be true!!). Well for me the most interes It was interesting book to read, although most biographies and autobiographies are pack of lies but you learn the techniques of creating and selling the image. These kind of books are the fav of American self help industry. So this is an inspirational story of an poor Irish immigrant child who became one of the wealthiest person in America. It is the story of remarkable success through hardwork in a liberal, egalitarian and just society (Sound too good to be true!!). Well for me the most interesting thing was his interest in books and libraries. He had built many libraries or funded many. This is the most inspirational aspect of some of the blood sucking capitalists . (Or its another promotional tool).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    I enjoyed this autobiography of the second richest man in the world from a bit over a hundred years ago. Carnegie's book, while written around the turn of the century, feels much more modern. At times, I had the feel I got when reading Sloan's "My Years with General Motors", which was written 40 years later or so. Carnegie delves into his childhood quite extensively, as well as his early working life. Least covered was his middle years, while he grew his company. His stories of those times seeme I enjoyed this autobiography of the second richest man in the world from a bit over a hundred years ago. Carnegie's book, while written around the turn of the century, feels much more modern. At times, I had the feel I got when reading Sloan's "My Years with General Motors", which was written 40 years later or so. Carnegie delves into his childhood quite extensively, as well as his early working life. Least covered was his middle years, while he grew his company. His stories of those times seemed of two parts - dealing with technical issues in the steel making process, and working on finances and negotiation. You can tell Carnegie relished the technical aspects of steel-making and being involved on the cutting edge of technology. His negotiation and finance stories seemed there more to show he was a common-sense leader. By the last third of his book, Carnegie focuses on giving away his fortune and working with governments. He really enjoyed this phase of his life, and seems to be into name-dropping the leaders of the times. He really got around. I can easily picture him as the host of "The Apprentice" or a shark on "Shark Tank" had he been around today. He seems to have that personality, a bit star-struck, while also quite full of himself. Overall, I liked Carnegie's stories and how he explains his thoughts. He made being fabulously wealthy sound pretty good.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cyndy

    There's a lot of reasons to get to know Andrew Carnegie, not the least of which are the libraries he bequeathed to America. I think that is my favorite Carnegie legacy. But it turns out there are so many more. He devoted the last years of his life to divesting his fortune to mankind. The pensions he set up for less fortunate are too many to name. It's an intriguing read, although the latter half of the book dragged a bit for me

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nex Juice

    I really enjoyed this book. I found it very encouraging as a business owner. My two major takeaways were: 1) Put all of your eggs in one basket - then watch that basket. He argues that YOUR business is the best one to invest in. Focus on your expertise - beware of diversification. 2) There is not much worse than a person who does not want to do what they are best at. Some people get sidetracked by power and don't realize their skills are best served as technicians rather than as managers or entrep I really enjoyed this book. I found it very encouraging as a business owner. My two major takeaways were: 1) Put all of your eggs in one basket - then watch that basket. He argues that YOUR business is the best one to invest in. Focus on your expertise - beware of diversification. 2) There is not much worse than a person who does not want to do what they are best at. Some people get sidetracked by power and don't realize their skills are best served as technicians rather than as managers or entrepreneurs (terminology borrowed from one of my other favorite books The E-Myth: Revisited by Michael Gerber) He also loved reading, which is something I can obviously identify with! If you don't know, I read a new book every week - and you can sign up to receive my reviews and summaries in your email free every 4 months (only 3 emails a year) at https://nexjuice.com Catch my live review and summary on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LX_X...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I enjoyed Andrew Carnegie’s lightly edited autobiography a lot more than I expected I would. He had a very interesting life and is truly an American Dream rags to riches success story. It’s a little bit over the top in showing how good he was and sometimes it rambled from one thing to another without any rhyme or reason. For the most part, though, even when it totally rambled, it was quite fascinating. I highly recommend The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie and The Gospel of Wealth to older teen I enjoyed Andrew Carnegie’s lightly edited autobiography a lot more than I expected I would. He had a very interesting life and is truly an American Dream rags to riches success story. It’s a little bit over the top in showing how good he was and sometimes it rambled from one thing to another without any rhyme or reason. For the most part, though, even when it totally rambled, it was quite fascinating. I highly recommend The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie and The Gospel of Wealth to older teens and adults interested in Carnegie.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Floris Wolswijk

    Whilst reflecting on his life, Andrew Carnegie (in his autobiography) inspires his readers with an abundance of life-lessons. He describes how his family moved to the United States. He plainly describes how he took on responsibility early on in life. He isn't boastful of the steel corporations he helps build. And in the end he shows gratitude and ends up giving away almost his whole fortune. In his autobiography Andrew Carnegie never gets too personal, but we can still learn a lot from his life. Whilst reflecting on his life, Andrew Carnegie (in his autobiography) inspires his readers with an abundance of life-lessons. He describes how his family moved to the United States. He plainly describes how he took on responsibility early on in life. He isn't boastful of the steel corporations he helps build. And in the end he shows gratitude and ends up giving away almost his whole fortune. In his autobiography Andrew Carnegie never gets too personal, but we can still learn a lot from his life. Youth: Always learning, always working As a kid Carnegie already understood two big life lessons (lessons that many people never seem to grasp). The first was that you should work hard to start earning. As a deliverer of messages he made it his job to learn everybodies name. When moving up the (corporate) ladder he learned on the job, wasn't afraid to ask for advice and grew to become one of the richest men in history. The second lesson is that he knew to learn when he was not working, reading books in the evening and keeping in good company. In his own words "There was scarcely a minute in which I couldn't learn something or find out how much there was to learn and how little I knew." When speaking about his upbringing I believe we get the best insight into the person who Carnegie was. Always a sunny disposition to life, he describes how he has benefited from having poor parents. His parents fulfilled all the roles a kid looks up to (nurse, cook, teacher, saint, exemplar, guide, friend). He shows great gratitude for their support and start contributing to the family at a very young age. In later chapters they are rarely mentioned, but it's hard to imagine that they weren't taken good care of. Business: Keep your focus and listen to people When Carnegie proved himself very resourceful and capable in his first few jobs he soon rose to high positions. First he moved up the ladder in the railroad business, and then switched to become a business owner in production (most famously steel). For me he portraits that even in those early days a honest and kind person can always win from the cheating and deceiving kinds. When he speaks of his workers he is apt to name names and attribute positive traits to them. Even when in conflict with others he knows that first listening is more important than being heard. One thing Carnegie is quoted for a lot is the following "Put all your eggs in one basket, and then watch that basket!" In the following sentences he argues that this doesn't mean you can't pursue multiple goals, nor to miss opportunities because you weren't looking beyond your own reach. He states that you should be fully committed and have single minded focus on your core business to make it a success. Looking at what he did you can see that this is true, he became big by focussing on steel. In his free time however he was very busy distributing his wealth, shortly engaged in politics and more generally used his power for the good. Charity: Give it all away His autobiography almost never mentions how much Carnegie has given away. In his lifetime Carnegie gave away more than 350 million dollars (giving away the remaining 30 million in his will). He used this money to build over 2,000 libraries, fund universities and promote world peace. One thing that is genius in the way he distributed his money is that he made sure the institutions he erected would stand for centuries to come. Municipalities were asked to maintain the libraries and each fund had very qualified boards. In the essay The Gospel of Wealth Carnegie writes more about his giving philosophy. He states that it's a disgrace for rich people to die rich. He argues that the capitalist system can work because smart rich people can best distribute that wealth back to the people. He uses the example of a library as something that can better a society, but if that money would be evenly distributed would be lost to trifling matters (i.e. booze or other excesses). Carnegie states "In bestowing charity, the main consideration should be to help those who will help themselves." "People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents." - Andrew Carnegie The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie is one of the best biographies that I have read to date. It reflects on a great career, has a human touch and is packed with timeless lessons. It may forget to go into depth about his personal feelings or fail to expose flaws in his character. These miscomings are however forgiven when you consider the amazing legacy Carnegie has left behind. Please take your time to read this book when convenient.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Matt McCormick

    I could only make it 1/3 of the way through this book before giving up. I really like reading about business and biographies, but this is an example of how an autobiography should not be written. People are quite bad at analysing themselves and their own life and that came off in the part of the book I read. Carnegie doesn't do a good job of identifying key points in his life and writing in an entertaining manner. In parts of the book he goes off on tangents that really don't have anything to do I could only make it 1/3 of the way through this book before giving up. I really like reading about business and biographies, but this is an example of how an autobiography should not be written. People are quite bad at analysing themselves and their own life and that came off in the part of the book I read. Carnegie doesn't do a good job of identifying key points in his life and writing in an entertaining manner. In parts of the book he goes off on tangents that really don't have anything to do with his life leaving the reader confused and wondering what the point is. He seems to advance in his career without giving much thought as to why that happened. What made him different than others? One day he is working as a courier and the next day he is in charge of managing the railroad. He does try to identify some points (like loyalty and taking risks) but, in my view, there is probably a lot he left out. It would have been better to write his autobiography with a biographer, similar to Malcolm X, who could have probed more into these situations and discovered the real reasons behind his rise to fortune. Recently I read the autobiography of Henry Ford which I really enjoyed. It wasn't so much an autobiography as a collection of his business values and principles. While I didn't agree with them and found him hypocritical in places, it was valuable to see Ford's thinking process and where he was coming from. I would have preferred more like that for Carnegie's book. There were some lessons and thought process but they were spaced too few between the long, drawn out stories to make it worthwhile continuing to read the book. Despite not liking this book, I would still be interested in reading a good biography about the man if anyone has suggestions.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Faraday

    The book is written in a very simple but boring manner. He just describes his encounters with important people in his life and talks a little bit about how to manage employees. Other than that, he doesn't touch on any important topics like what were the major factors in his life which made him successful or anything like what are his principles when dealing with life problems. The book was a bit disappointing and boring.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Botty Dimanov

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Amazing to step into the shoes of the richest man in the world! I wished he had shared a little bit more on how he suddenly transitioned from an exceptionally hard-working clerk to an outstanding businessman! A few thoughts which I had along: Andrew Carnegie Gospel of Wealth Child is primed by environment - Carnegie patriotic - Power to memorise - Organised people to take care of pets for the privilege of having one named after them!! Faculty of knowing and choosing other who had know better!!! Notice Amazing to step into the shoes of the richest man in the world! I wished he had shared a little bit more on how he suddenly transitioned from an exceptionally hard-working clerk to an outstanding businessman! A few thoughts which I had along: Andrew Carnegie Gospel of Wealth Child is primed by environment - Carnegie patriotic - Power to memorise - Organised people to take care of pets for the privilege of having one named after them!! Faculty of knowing and choosing other who had know better!!! Notice it starts with KNOWING!! ->>> strive to understand MAN! $300 per household He felt like a real disciple of Wallace and Bruce Among trifles the best gifts of the gods hang The best gifts of God are where most people see mundane things. Notice that ever Saturday you wear your best cloths to feel good about yourself!!!! Memorise firms in street At night practice!!! It is not the rich man’s son that the young advancements has to fear, but the boy who beggins by sweeping 🧹 Wise man are always looking out for clever boys A boy only needs to attract attention Work until 11 one day and then 6 Read a book in the hours that can be snatched from duty!!!!!!! Taste of Shakespeare Taste of literature Founder of free libraries! No better thing anybody can do for boys than the creation of a public library!! If only 1 boy gets half value of a whole library, the library was worth it!! As the tree is bend, the twigs incline Library gives nothing for nothing??? Acquire knowledge yourself Memorise Shakespeare without effort! Rhythm and melody! Vagner Confucius: To perform the duties of one lives well, troubling not with the lives of other is the prime wisdom Two weeks of holiday in summer!!!! United family with transparency Disgrace the family - something higher than just him!! Gave the $11 kept the two New chance - constantly look fo opportunity Apply knowledge ASAP Learn to receive message by ear 17 years -> telegraph for $25/month Guessing work- not to interrupt sender! Also knowing will always come useful! Created a literary club and stuck together!! Reading is concentrated towards debate! Gives purpose and clarity and focus Scot is reserved - feels most, says the least 18y -$35 Friends with eminent people gradually into politics until he reached Lincoln and General Grant Andrew Carnegie worked for a big company, which meant that many people went to talk to him! For opportunities That means I can go and talk to such people for opportunities Before it is over lay hand on someone and make him personally accountable when one party gets excited the other should keep cool He was doing a lot of other deals while operating the iron business Because he had two good partners when one party gets excited the other should keep cool Put all eggs in one basket Invest every dollar in The ONE business you operate!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    ** Review of Audio Format ** Raised Himself Up by the Bootstraps Andrew Carnegie was a poor Scottish boy who scrimped and saved and earned and worked hard and honestly to become the great man he was. He took care of his mother until the end of her days and built first an iron and then a steel empire not rivaled by many. Where he couldn’t beat someone, he would join with them to make his company stronger. He dealt with his workers honestly and fairly. He never bought anything he couldn’t pay cash f ** Review of Audio Format ** Raised Himself Up by the Bootstraps Andrew Carnegie was a poor Scottish boy who scrimped and saved and earned and worked hard and honestly to become the great man he was. He took care of his mother until the end of her days and built first an iron and then a steel empire not rivaled by many. Where he couldn’t beat someone, he would join with them to make his company stronger. He dealt with his workers honestly and fairly. He never bought anything he couldn’t pay cash for and he never invested where he couldn’t cover the loss. I think there is a little bit of self promotion and more than a tinge of preaching to Carnegie’s autobiography. Especially in the case of the 1896 riots, he absolves himself of all responsibility for how the negotiations went and the bloodshed that followed. He congratulates himself quite a lot throughout on various financial catastrophes he avoided as well. But he published it when he was still alive so he has to present himself in the best possible light. Carnegie grew up in a time when children were expected to work at a very young again and only schooled as a luxury. He really did bring himself up from the very bottom of society to the pinnacle. It was very, very interesting to read about the Civil War and his perspective of the personalities of Abraham Lincoln and General Grant. I did not know the part he himself played in the war so it was eye opening to hear this history through his eyes. The narration was just OK for me. The material was fairly dry so that may be an unfair assessment. Kevin Theis’ voice is great for the material but the delivery was a little dull for me. I would listen to other things he has narrated before saying I don’t like his style of narration. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Juan Chavez

    This was a good read. Mostly because I was familiar with Andrew Carnegie's life story previously. get lessons on having character and integrity in business and allowing that to drive your passion. Started off humble as a apprentice to Mr. Scott of the Pennsylvania railroad company and slowly moved to bridge building and eventually to steel where he made his real money. It was a little biased especially when talking about the strike and Mr. Frick. I felt that he made it seem as though he was clea This was a good read. Mostly because I was familiar with Andrew Carnegie's life story previously. get lessons on having character and integrity in business and allowing that to drive your passion. Started off humble as a apprentice to Mr. Scott of the Pennsylvania railroad company and slowly moved to bridge building and eventually to steel where he made his real money. It was a little biased especially when talking about the strike and Mr. Frick. I felt that he made it seem as though he was clear of any wrong doing but I know he and Mr. Frick had alot of friction. I also felt in his gospel of wealth that he seemed to say that the rich should keep the money since they know how to dispose of it for the betterment of the community. Better to concentrate the wealth with those that will do good with it than to disperse it among the many. Dont think I would agree with that. Still I have alot of admiration for Andrew Carnegie. 1- “People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.” 2-“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” 3- “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” 4-“It marks a big step in your development when you come to realize that other people can help you do a better job than you could do alone.” 5-“Perhaps the most tragic thing about mankind is that we are all dreaming about some magical garden over the horizon, instead of enjoying the roses that are right outside today.” 6-“Put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket.” 7-“All human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes.” 8-“He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is a slave.”

  14. 4 out of 5

    Charles Mathison Jr.

    The book, written in another era, was surprisingly relatable. Carnegie, a man from Scotland, who from very humble beginnings became one of the leading industrialists of the 19th and early 20th centuries, provides a template of how the rich should help society with their riches. He saw himself as a humble man, however, many of his professional actions lends one to think otherwise. He shunned speculation of any sort. I found his stance on not speculating in business to be the lead take away one co The book, written in another era, was surprisingly relatable. Carnegie, a man from Scotland, who from very humble beginnings became one of the leading industrialists of the 19th and early 20th centuries, provides a template of how the rich should help society with their riches. He saw himself as a humble man, however, many of his professional actions lends one to think otherwise. He shunned speculation of any sort. I found his stance on not speculating in business to be the lead take away one could get from the book. I think his total disavowing of speculating helped him to become the success that he was. It's a bit long, yet a good historical read. If you're into history, it's a great book to get insight into how one of the era's leading industrialists got his start and stayed on top and became extremely charitable in his final days.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mario

    The story of one of the USA’s first philanthropists in which he describes himself some of the values that led him to become rich and then decide to give his money away. The most important aspect of this book is how it has helped shape self-help in the 20th century. When Napoleon Hill wrote his seminal book ”Think and Grow Rich,” he was inspired by Andrew Carnegie’s life. The most critical points in the book are around how an impoverished childhood gave Mr. Carnegie the boost to work harder than a The story of one of the USA’s first philanthropists in which he describes himself some of the values that led him to become rich and then decide to give his money away. The most important aspect of this book is how it has helped shape self-help in the 20th century. When Napoleon Hill wrote his seminal book ”Think and Grow Rich,” he was inspired by Andrew Carnegie’s life. The most critical points in the book are around how an impoverished childhood gave Mr. Carnegie the boost to work harder than anyone and how his learning of how to deal with capital and wealth and NOT money gave helped him amass the fortune he built. As a closing point, I was impressed by how his ideas were shaped by the classics with mentions of Roman, Greeks, and Chinese philosophers - a testimony that the core of learning, growth, and development has been ”hiding in plain sight” for thousands of years.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ian Carswell

    The first chapter or so is slow going, but once he gets into the story of his career the narrative really takes off. Very optimistic guy, fun to hear that come through in his perspective. He noted that his optimistic tendencies lead folks to say of him that he makes "all my ducks swans", which does make me want to read biography's of him written by third parties to hear another perspective. Was quite interesting to learn that he was strongly familiar with and influenced by the religious writings The first chapter or so is slow going, but once he gets into the story of his career the narrative really takes off. Very optimistic guy, fun to hear that come through in his perspective. He noted that his optimistic tendencies lead folks to say of him that he makes "all my ducks swans", which does make me want to read biography's of him written by third parties to hear another perspective. Was quite interesting to learn that he was strongly familiar with and influenced by the religious writings of Swedenborg.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Scott Appleton

    A more insightful view of the economically and socially powerful individuals of the 18th to early 19th century would be hard to find. Andrew Carnegie’s life intersected with a diverse group of influential individuals. His rise to power, told from his personal perspective, demonstrates both the positive and the negative aspect of enormous wealth. In the first, he used his money to help many people. In the last, he lost his moorings in Christianity and fell prey to the tenets of Darwinism. A human A more insightful view of the economically and socially powerful individuals of the 18th to early 19th century would be hard to find. Andrew Carnegie’s life intersected with a diverse group of influential individuals. His rise to power, told from his personal perspective, demonstrates both the positive and the negative aspect of enormous wealth. In the first, he used his money to help many people. In the last, he lost his moorings in Christianity and fell prey to the tenets of Darwinism. A humanist in his best form whose pride in his achievements marred his otherwise admirable work ethic.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Martin Higgins

    Excellent book for any one who is of course interested in the success story of Andrew but that aside just the overall drive this man had to succeed in life and in his work all the way till his retirement is very motivating indeed and then how he distributed his wealth is fantastic read, being Scottish and from Edinburgh it’s also good to picture the places he is talking about in the book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dimitri

    If you like to time travel in the nineteenth century and into the mind of a shy Scottish child and his path to becoming one of the richest men, than prepare your sit for you are heading into a journey of meeting high ranked people, amazing friends and the wisdom that leads not only to the accumulation of material wealth but also spiritual wealth!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joel Everett

    This was an unexpected find and useful read; despite the age of the book there are hidden gems and universal principles to success to be found within. Admittedly, being an autobiography, it tends to paint a rosy of picture of Mr. Carnegie's life, but still work a read about a pivotal Industrialist and businessman in the 19th century.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ron Schaffer

    A very enjoyable read. We have lots of great stories here, such as Carnegie listening to Wagner for the first time, meeting Abraham Lincoln, etc. I particularly enjoyed the part(s) of the story regarding his early rise to success. This is another important piece of American history.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brendan Hallinan

    Nice guy Seems like a great person. I would have liked more business stories. I lost interest during the final 1/3 of the book but it wasn’t bad just not what I was interested in reading about.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Very easy and enjoyable read. What a man and what a time in our history.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Yushi Wei

    Book was pretty interesting for the most part until you hit the "ends" where he is talking about politics....thankfully, the Gospel of Wealth was able to bring this to an enjoyable ending for me.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alecia

    Being a native of Pgh, PA, I found this read absolutely fascinating!! I loved Carnegie’s “voice,” humor, & straight-forward advice. A really great read. Being a native of Pgh, PA, I found this read absolutely fascinating!! I loved Carnegie’s “voice,” humor, & straight-forward advice. A really great read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Siddhartha Gaur

    There is tons and tons to learn from this man,if you haven't known him then you know nothing about America

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nick Urciuoli

    Carnegie's Gospel of Wealth is really galling. He assumes that great men accumulate great wealth and that it is thereafter incumbent on them to give it away to benefit the public, or at least the segment of the public that can "help themselves." In appointing himself a public benefactor, Carnegie explicitly insists he can better shepherd enormous wealth than can common people if the money were distributed to them in small sums as wages. But his goal in doing so (helping advance the race) is incr Carnegie's Gospel of Wealth is really galling. He assumes that great men accumulate great wealth and that it is thereafter incumbent on them to give it away to benefit the public, or at least the segment of the public that can "help themselves." In appointing himself a public benefactor, Carnegie explicitly insists he can better shepherd enormous wealth than can common people if the money were distributed to them in small sums as wages. But his goal in doing so (helping advance the race) is incredibly esoteric and subjective. In my view, that goal is essentially a red herring (whether he believes it to be so or not I'm not sure) distracting attention from the fact that his wealth would not have been so immense had collective bargaining or especially antitrust law been effective in his time. His arguments for protective tariffs are similarly weak and evasive. Neither does he, an avowed "individualist" nominally in favor of stiff economic competition, justify his preference for thinking of the good of "the race" or general society rather than the good of individual people. I have other complaints with his views (particularly strange is his story explaining how Ulysses S. Grant quit drinking), but I don't have the time to address them here. Suffice it to say, I find Carnegie's thinking clever yet self-serving and at times contradictory.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sshakar

    Carnegie was a steel tycoon. No one can argue about that. He did have an extraordinary life emerging from a poor family and fighting his way through. My impression is that Carnegie portrays perfection in his autobiography. The mistakes he made does not exceed fingers of one hand. In reality, no one's perfect. I wished to see his struggles, major problems he had encountered and how he fought them and succeeded. The impression you get from reading this autobiography was that his life was a strike Carnegie was a steel tycoon. No one can argue about that. He did have an extraordinary life emerging from a poor family and fighting his way through. My impression is that Carnegie portrays perfection in his autobiography. The mistakes he made does not exceed fingers of one hand. In reality, no one's perfect. I wished to see his struggles, major problems he had encountered and how he fought them and succeeded. The impression you get from reading this autobiography was that his life was a strike of luck: He was intelligent and disciplined; He was destined to succeed without struggles. That's science fiction for me. Additionally, he spends a portion of the book rationalizing some actions he was criticized for, which made me doubt his intentions behind writing such an autobiography. The book overall was a fair read and Carnegie was a good writer.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    I was rather unimpressed with Mr. Carnegie's need to name drop for the last third of the book. It had a slow start, but the first portion of the book, through his rise to success as a steel magnate, was pretty good. If he had refrained from adding the last third of the book, it would have been much better. Overall, he was a little hard to take. This was a class assignment, and we unanimously decided it was not one of the better selections, nor was Carnegie very likeable (in spite of his protesta I was rather unimpressed with Mr. Carnegie's need to name drop for the last third of the book. It had a slow start, but the first portion of the book, through his rise to success as a steel magnate, was pretty good. If he had refrained from adding the last third of the book, it would have been much better. Overall, he was a little hard to take. This was a class assignment, and we unanimously decided it was not one of the better selections, nor was Carnegie very likeable (in spite of his protestations of popularity with his "men" and the elite). While respect should go to him as a truly self-made man and a generous philanthropist, he was rather smug and condescending and not very likeable as portrayed through his own words.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bryan

    Foremost recognize that it is a narrative written over a long period of time, which allowed for plenty of revision. The Autobiography reads well with many entertaining stories, but it also seems to push several agendas. I would almost say it is didactic. There are several great aphorisms in throughout the work (it seems that Carnegie meant to be quoted). It is an idealist description of the method of a successful working man, and treads lightly over the large problems adjoint to this process (it Foremost recognize that it is a narrative written over a long period of time, which allowed for plenty of revision. The Autobiography reads well with many entertaining stories, but it also seems to push several agendas. I would almost say it is didactic. There are several great aphorisms in throughout the work (it seems that Carnegie meant to be quoted). It is an idealist description of the method of a successful working man, and treads lightly over the large problems adjoint to this process (it is regularly one sided). Worth reading? I would say yes. It has plenty of things that stop and make you think, but, to use a colloquial expression, take it with a grain of salt.

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