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.
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 peace will happen and that the emperor of Germany will be the linchpin. But as students of history, we have the hindsight of years and I just wanted to yell at him and say that within 10 years, the first of two bloody wars will show that world peace is nowhere near eminent.
While Carnegie is inspirational in his accomplishments, his political and religious views are innocent and dangerous. He is fashionable for the time in his belief that evolution promises improvement of society and that all religions are the same. This, of course, was easy to believe before economic depression, world wars, the rise of radical islam, and oppression in the form of communism all lead to 100 of the most bloody and conflict prone years of human history.
Carnegie was a man of his time, a titan of business, an engaging write, and a story teller for the ages, this book shows him at his best and at his most naïve.
YES! I was fascinated by his story, how he climbed the ladder, his foresight, his humility, his work ethic, his praise for those who influenced him... it was inspirational as well as informative. I had never really pieced together how he truly was a forerunner in the arena of philanthropy, and how he gave away such a huge percentage of his fortune. He found ways to give that were novel and thoughtful. This is what capitalist spirit should look like. Today there is a movement among billionaires to follow this philanthropic spirit, and I would assume that Carnegie is the inspiration. The story itself rates a 4-star, but the narration and choppy style (I don't think he actually finished the book) make this 3-star overall... but I would recommend it to anyone interested in the historical overview of the era.
Using a Scottish accent was a good idea, but I doubt that Andrew's brogue was this thick. It was a little too much.
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