The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie

The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie This Halcyon Classics ebook is the AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF ANDREW CARNEGIE a leading Scottish American industrialist businessman entrepreneur and philanthropist Contains an active table of contents for ea

  • Title: The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie
  • Author: Andrew Carnegie
  • ISBN: 2940012693211
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Nook
  • This Halcyon Classics ebook is the AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF ANDREW CARNEGIE, a leading Scottish American industrialist, businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist Contains an active table of contents for easy navigation.

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    1. Andrew Carnegie

      Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish American industrialist who led the enormous expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century He built a leadership role as a philanthropist for America and the British Empire During the last 18 years of his life, he gave away to charities, foundations, and universities about 350 million in 2011, 225 billion almost 90 percent of his fortune His 1889 article proclaiming The Gospel of Wealth called on the rich to use their wealth to improve society, and it stimulated a wave of philanthropy.

    998 thoughts on “The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie”

    1. Being a librarian, I have of course heard about Andrew Carnegie. Most of my knowledge, however, is about his funding of libraries. I knew very little about his early life and how he made his fortune. I am always a bit leary of autobiographies because most people are not objective when writing about themselves. Carnegie seemed to live a charmed life where everything pretty much goes his way and his way is up, up, up. He starts out in telegraphs and moves on to railroads and then on to steel and t [...]


    2. This book was fascinating, inspirational, and incredibly naïve. When Carnegie is telling stories about people and moments that impacted his life, I was enthralled and inspired. He not only shows the value in little moments, but he also embraces the unique value in each person. When Carnegie looks to the future his attitude reflects the reckless optimism of the time. An example of this is how he looks to the Kaiser of Germany to lead the world in establishing peace. He is convinced that world pe [...]


    3. This was an amazing memoir of a man who was an incredible human being. Published after his death he shares his thoughts, life experiences, stories, favorite quotes. I have always associated Carnegie with libraries, rightly so but he was so much more. I would recommended this book to everyone, we have much to learn from him.


    4. My only bits of knowledge of Andrew Carnegie were a few anecdotes I had heard about him earning a fortune in the steel industry and how he later gave much of that money away. This book more than filled in the blanks, as well as providing me with an interesting read.Mr. Carnegie began his autobiography with a history of his family in Scotland before moving on to describe their plans and eventual move to the United States. The first two-thirds of the book are mostly in chronological order, allowin [...]


    5. OK, I'd give it 3.5 stars. Carnegie is actually a very good writer, well-versed in literacy and history and politics. If I were better versed in those things I'd have rated it higher, but the book dragged a bit for me because of all the things/places/people I didn't know much about (but probably should). I very much enjoyed learning about his life and his rise from poverty, was impressed by his work ethic and morals, and was amazed at his society - he mingled with presidents from our country and [...]


    6. I enjoyed this book, especially the first part. I realized that I had heard of his accomplishments, but I didn't know that much about his early life or his later years. (I have heard people sum up his later years by saying "and he gave away all his money". There's a bit more to it than that that thankfully this book goes into.) It's written very well and was an enjoyable read. It's amazing how many important people in history he met. If you are a bit of a history buff, I think you would enjoy th [...]


    7. First half was enjoyable to read, but the last half was awful. For heck sakes "Andy" you were one of the richest men in the 19th century, but your writing about yourself was boring.He did give lots of background on the way he came up and I did enjoy several bits of wisdom for many different situations. However, it was a tad bit boring and I don't think he was as nice to his employees as he made it:) I'm glad I read it and understand the man that made the industry in which I make a living at. I w [...]


    8. This was really excellent, better than I'd expected. Carnegie is a surprisingly good author and his narrative of his life makes for a very interesting read. I'd definitely recommend it for history buffs and people who have an interest in the psychology of a turn-of-the-century industrialist. Favorite quote, in reference to the telescope at an observatory that he sponsored: "When the monster new glass, three times larger than any existing, is in operation, what revelations are to come! I am assur [...]


    9. Intriguing book about a man who started with nothing, worked hard and valued education (in many forms), became extremely wealthy, then left all his money to charity.He shares much about his business life from which I saved several quotes. You rarely find his kind of integrity in the business world now-a-days.


    10. Excellent peek inside the mind of one of the giants who built the U.S. This book seems to be more an accumulation of thoughts about various points in his life and constantly references other books written earlier in his life. At times, though, the writing is a bit dry and one wonders why he's relaying these stories. But it is after all, the thoughts occupying the author's mind, and therefore, must be something he deemed worth telling.Depending on your own mindset while reading this book, I think [...]


    11. It's important to understand that this book was compiled from the author's incomplete notes after his death. With that context it is quite an enjoyable book, but the further you get the less it feels like a biography than a set of notes.The early chapters are a delightful stroll through AC's early life, truly an amazing 'rags to riches' tale. Lots to learn here about taking advantage of the opportunities life presents you. Later there are some true nuggets of wisdom on how to build and run a gre [...]


    12. Andrew Carnegie has an amazing story, and I will now need to find a good third-party biography to ready about him now. Autobiographies often have difficulty getting a fair perspective of things and not being biased, and that is true of this book. There is no doubt that Carnegie was a remarkable man, and he tells a good story but I suspect that he is also very kind to his own point-of-view. He also tends to jump around at times in the book which makes it somewhat difficult to follow, but I am ver [...]


    13. I found Carnegie to be a fascinating person and his story was well written for the most part. Most people are probably primarily impressed by Carnegie's work after his retirement: all his bountiful gifts to charitable causes and so forth. But the last few chapters of the book that covered this area of his life left me a bit disappointed in what he became after retirement. He went from being an intelligent, hard working, and diligent pilot of a vast self-made enterprise, to kind of a silly, naive [...]


    14. I thought this would be boring and lack relevance to the 21st century I live in. How wrong I was. Further, I found myself intrigued by the 1914 and early World War I perspective


    15. Well, I finished it. Carnegie leaves Scotland. Comes to America. Becomes rich. Travels back and forth to Scotland. There are some interesting spots, and there is a lot of uninteresting stuff.


    16. A thoroughly amazing and impressive book, with some impressive moments of frustration.First, my frustration: Mr. Carnegie didn't tell me anything like all I wanted to know about how he did it. In fact, beyond bare facts and certain occurrences, he doesn't say very much about himself at all. He seems amazed by his own success, with a childlike glee at the privileges it bought, the circles in which he was permitted to run, the people he met and befriended, and the accolades handed him. He mentions [...]


    17. First why three stars and not more? The writing style is more of a log of major events and not a story. Otherwise, it gives a real insight of his life and actions.Now about his life in general. Imagine that you are a telegraph operator in early 1800. No internet, no phones, just you and the cable. You instantly become a hub of information since all data passes through you and you obtain confidential information about almost everything that moves through the cable. He brags that he was so good th [...]


    18. I am always interested in the history of people and places I have visited.Andrew Carnegie was a fascinating figure and this story is told wonderfully by Kevin Theiss.I was provided this book free by the author,narrator or publisher.


    19. It's incredible how prescient this great man was. He had notions that would fit perfectly well into modern discussions of labor relations, charity, and leadership. I knew of some of his generosity from history, but his remarkable achievements in his own words were truly fantastic. Narrator did an excellent job bringing this man to life.I was voluntarily provided a copy of this audiobook by the narrator or publisher for an unbiased review.


    20. I loved this book, would give it 4.5 stars if I could. I thought it was well written and had a good amount of reflection - overall it was more informative than entertaining. A couple of things I took away from Carnegie's life: -He started his career by not asking for permission - acting instead and asking for forgiveness if needed. Claimed that to be successful you need to get yourself in front of high officials at a young age, acting well above your duties-He sought opportunities to invest alon [...]


    21. As great as biographies are, there's something to be said for going straight to the source. And Andrew Carnegie's autobiography starts out strong. His story of his childhood in Scotland, his emigration to America as a young teen, and his early career as a driven young man is fascinating. Also intriguing is a progressive streak dating back to his earliest memories that foreshadows a future philanthropist who once said any man who dies with money dies a failure. Let it also be said that Carnegie i [...]


    22. It’s nice and surprising to see that so many people on have read this book. I have been doing a fair amount of reading about 19th century America and this is how I happened to come across this surprising book. I agree with others that it has some literary flaws but it is still a good autobiography. Carnegie turns out to have been a very interesting man who took great interest in the people around him, was an astute observer of people, and a very caring and loyal friend. He was a man of strong [...]


    23. A very interesting and well written account of one of America's most successful and generous businessmen. Carnegie gives a detailed description of his early days; the manner in which he got started in business, from his initial forays into investments to his wildly successful enterprising in the steel industry, then later, the extraordinary way in which he went about distributing his wealth when he felt he had amassed enough riches.The latter part of the book is spent on sharing personal anecdot [...]


    24. Interesting read . Although the business practice has gone a sea change from those times over a century ago , yet the book keeps one engaged , if only by the sheer reputation of AG as one of the architects of modern America . For those of us , who have seen and grown in the thrill of the information age , a welcome change to rewind back and catch on with some of the thrill and ecstasy of the transformational power of the industrial age things that are commonplace for us , so much so that at tim [...]


    25. Autobiographies tend to be very self-confidently written (something like "Look at what I achived!"). That's why I started out with Carnegie's book quite skeptical. Overall I was positivly surprised that the author also hits some critical tones on his own behaviour.The downside of this book becomes more and more evident, the longer one is reading it: After aproximately half of the book, the name-dropping starts to become annoying and increases even more towards the end of the book. What's on the [...]


    26. Fantastic book that covers the life of Carnegie and that of growing up in the turn of the 18th century.Favorite parts included the discussion of steel making process and investing only to which one could afford. Carnegie saw several boom-bust cycles and was able to flourish through all times.'Put the most selective eggs in one basket and watch them all flourish'. His attention to the craft of steel making and recognizing that vertical integration was key to profits made him a very wealthy man.He [...]


    27. Mr. Carnegie is quite the name-dropper and self-congratulatory in this work. In fact, the format of his autobiography revolves around the famous and historical people he had met, and with whom he had interacted.Still, it was fascinating to read. So much changed and developed during his lifetime! The book can provide encouragement and hope that such an impoverished child could indeed grow up and (with hard work) become successful, if not wealthy & influential.My only caution is his theology. [...]


    28. I just couldn't make it all the way through this book. It was just too dry and boring. Carnegie's life either wasn't that interesting or he chose not to elaborate on his true rise to wealth. His recounts of his young life basically allude that he was a good worker and that he knew the right people and got promoted. The most interesting part of the book was the brief description of his times during the American Civil war and his interactions with Abraham Lincoln, but even those were brief passage [...]


    29. First half was great. Second half not so. My favorite part was his description of Abraham Lincoln. During the Civil War, Carnegie was in charge of telegraphy communications between the North and the South and Lincoln would stop by his office waiting for a telegram. He described Lincoln as being kind to everyone even to the lowest ranking employee and as a great story-teller.It was interesting to hear his side of the story on the Homestead Strike. He believed that if he would have been home and n [...]


    30. For about half its length, it's hard to put down. For the last half, it's hard to pick back up. Kind of like the way the Bible got boring just a few pages in, the second half reads like a steel-age Numbers. Still, the interest in his prognostications pulled me through. Some were so entertainingly off that they bought a few more pages of interest, like his last claim in 1912 that Germany would be the bringer of world peace. Yikes!


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