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Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie by Andrew Carnegie
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Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie

by Andrew Carnegie

18 ratings, 9 reviews

Of the many 'rags to riches' stories in US history, Andrew Carnegie's is one of the most fascinating. After immigrating from Scotland when he was a child, he worked his way up through a telegraph company, and with sheer determination and hard work, his investments in the railroads and steel made him one of the richest man in the world. This story wouldn't be so interesting if he'd died with all of his loot: before he kicked the bucket he had given away 90% of his money.

His philanthropy funded thousands of libraries, music halls and parks that were free to the public. Super-rich computer moguls today are left with this legacy, and it seems like Bill Gates and Paul Allen are following his lead. But even average business-minded folks today can read Carnegie's autobiography for such a takeaway. Here is a look into the life and mind of one of history's richest men-in both wealth and character.

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Gavin McGrath

January 12, 2014

Highly enjoyable, full of sound advice

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Isabell Stringham

April 14, 2013

A really enjoyable bio. I have a much greater respect for Carnegie and a better understanding of the times.

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Connie Knapp

September 03, 2012

What a great read. Have much better understanding of this very generous businessman.

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Jesus Romero

May 19, 2012

Great

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Jesus Romero

May 19, 2012

Great

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Jesus Romero

May 19, 2012

Great

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Jesus Romero

May 19, 2012

Great

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Kelsey Pendley

December 27, 2011

Good

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Colin Plamondon

August 30, 2011

Reading his autobiography, it feels like Carnegie is telling you his life story in a rocking chair in front of the fire. It's intensely personal, wonderfully written, and provides a great measure of a great man.

Some tidbits:

On careers, "My advice to young men would be not only to concentrate their whole time and attention on the one business in life in which they engage, but to put every dollar of their capital into it."

Entrepreneurship, "The gods send thread for a web begun"

Product lines, ("Put all eggs in one basket- then watch that basket."

and Venture capital, ("The ablest presidents are hampered by bounds of directors and shareholders who can know but little of the business."), advice abounds.

This is one of my favorite books.