Andrew Carnegie was an immigrant, a poor boy who worked in a cotton mill, a man who amassed a great fortune as a steel baron and then became one of the most generous and influential philanthropists the world has ever known. His famous dictum, that he who dies rich dies disgraced, has inspired philanthropists and philanthropic enterprises for generations. During his own lifetime, he put his ideas into action by creating a family of organizations that continue to work toward improving the human condition, advancing international peace, strengthening democracy, and creating societal progress that benefits men, women, and children in the United States and around the globe.Here, in his own words, Mr. Carnegie tells the dramatic story of his life and career, outlining the principles that he lived by and that today serve as the pillars of modern philanthropy.
Public Domain (P)2012 Tantor
Addicted to audible. One the best things that happened to me
I was disappointed because the book is great and written in such simple, articulate and easy language, however the narration is horrible! It is the same tone all the way that eventually my mind drifts away and he doesn't finish the sentences right so one might find two different stories narrated as if they are one!
I see myself as pretty good at English (lived in Ireland 2 years and UK half year, although not native) but this accent made it difficult to follow. Never had this problem before... Useless and annoying...
Make sure you're native English before downloading this one if you don't want to reallllly have to focus
Yes. The information he shares about his personal growth and business success was very helpful.
I like that the performer used a Scottish accent. Carnegie was VERY Scottish. Unfortunately, the accent was not very authentic.
A few stories made me admire Carnegie's mind and Scottish tenacity.
The first half of the book about his boyhood and business success is great! The second half where he gives away his fortune and meets the rich and famous of his day (who few in 2013 will recognize) was tiresome. The first half is worth the price/credit. Skip the second half.
So many things were not told by someone else. His luck, enjoyment of achievement, and good will toward others are all brought forward.
Listening to this book reminded me of when I sat at my great-grandmothers feet and listened to her reminisce. I love that the reader had a brogue. it made it seem more personal.
I don't see why anyone would read print anymore but if you're looking for a good reason to switch to audio, certainly having this book read in an awesome Scottish accent is worth it...
I loved hearing about his very humble beginnings. Very inspiring...
When Andrew has a lowly post at the PA railroad and there is an emergency when he is by chance, and not by design, the only one in the shop. He takes it upon himself to deal with the crisis instead of waking up the manager. This taking of initiative is thrilling...
I wouldn't call the book moving, just solid ,entertaining, instructive and sort of endearing.
This title is on several success literature classics lists and it's very clear why. AC seems very level headed, humble, and well able to write. I recommend this title!
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Mr. Carnegie is my favorite character in this book, I especially admire him because of his humility and his love for peace and prosperity.
No, but I was deeply touched by several chapters of this book.
I liked the book overall, there were many anecdotes and stories, and lessons we can learn from, but the way it was told was very scattered. I mean the author jumps from one story to another and from one event to another event. I know it's an autobiography but it kind of annoyed me a little and it was hard to focus. The lessons and experience of Andrew Carnegie are well worth it though overall
Have no idea what this book is about because I can't understand the reader. Is accent really more than important than a clear voice?
I have always admired this man, although I know he was also ruthless in his earlier years. I was looking forward to this book and tried to stay with it for as long as I could. However, the narrator's accent was simply too strong to understand what he was saying much of the time. I stopped and returned the book.
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