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Andrew Carnegie Audiobook

Andrew Carnegie

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Andrew Carnegie, whose lifetime spanned the era from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution to the First World War was America's first modern titan. In this magnificent biography, celebrated historian David Nasaw brings to life this period of unprecedented transition - a time of self-made millionaires, scabs, strikes, and a new kind of philanthropy - through the fascinating rags-to-riches story of one of our most iconic business legends.

The Scottish-born son of a failed weaver and a mother who supported the family by binding shoes, Andrew Carnegie was the embodiment of the American dream. In his rise from a job as a bobbin boy in a cotton factory to being the richest man in the world, he was single-minded, relentless, and a major player in some of the most violent and notorious labor strikes of the time. The prototype of today's billionaire, he was a visionary in the way he earned his money and in the way he gave it away.

Nasaw explains how Carnegie made his fortune and how he tried to pull the world back from a war he predicted. Brimming with new material, personal letters, diaries, prenuptial agreements, letters to and from presidents and prime ministers, Nasaw plumbs the core of this fascinating man, fixing him in his place as one of the most compelling, elusive, and multifaceted personalities of the 20th century.

©2006 David Nasaw; (P)2007 Gildan Media Corp

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"This is biography on the grand scale." (Washington Post Book World)

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    Jane Minneapolis, MN, United States 07-11-12
    Jane Minneapolis, MN, United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2013

    Erstwhile librarian and tech salesperson. Favorite genres - history, biography, and mystery.

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    "Eye-Opening!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this story because in encompasses the history of late nineteenth and early twentieth century America.

    Andrew Carnegie was, in some ways, a pathetic, silly little man who was extremely lucky. He was always in the right place at the right time and knew how to use his luck. He stole from his workers, his country, and his business partners and managed to get away without paying his dues.

    His life shows the tragedy of the American Dream. He succeeded, but at what cost to others?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Andrew Carnegie?

    The saddest part of the book, and the most moving, was Carnegie's attempts to affect American politics, specifically his Peace initiatives. I am a big supporter of peace movements, but reading about Carnegie's efforts, I just thought how out of touch he was with the current state of world politics. The author conveyed the sadness and ridiculousness of Carnegie.


    Any additional comments?

    The author did a wonderful job of enlightening us on the current world based upon Carnegie's life over 100 years ago without any over politicizing. This is a great book....

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Nelson Marietta, GA, United States 03-27-13
    Dave Nelson Marietta, GA, United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2017
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    "A Tough Read"

    I find Andrew Carnegie was a fascinating man, born into poverty in Scotland during a time of economic upheaval to a hardworking mother and a father who was not. In his lifetime he made and gave away millions of dollars. I learned that he was a very hard worker who appeared to intuitively know what he needed to do to take himself to the next level of success.

    I bought this book from Audible and found its 32 hour and 45 minute length to be way to long. I began the book with a high level of interest and really enjoyed the first third of the book, but the remainder of the book just seemed to drone on and on. The reading of letters written by Carnegie and the people in his life held no interest for me.

    Andrew’s later life of marriage and fatherhood are not covered well by this book, but that is probably because there is not a lot of information available about that part of his life. The information that is available focuses on his philanthropic pursuits, business dealings and political machinations.

    I have to admit that I fast forwarded through most of this book playing it at 2x speed and toward the end I scrubbed past chunks of it that were boring me to tears.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    dominic 05-01-17
    dominic 05-01-17 Member Since 2014
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    "awesome book"

    this gives you a very inside look of the man... it was very touching and made Andrew seem more real and less of a legend. it makes you love him like a grandfather

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    Fred 04-21-17
    Fred 04-21-17
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    "Endless verbatim readings of his letters"

    This book does an alright job of giving insight into Carnegie's character.

    Most of the book, especially towards the end, is basically just having excerpts from his letters being read to you - all of it verbatim, and in the annoying old-timey English from that time.

    For comparison, Titan (by Chernow about John D Rockefeller) is a far better book. That author gets to the essence of who Rockefeller was without bludgeoning the reader/listener over the head with every telegram the subject ever sent.

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    Alexander 04-11-17
    Alexander 04-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "3/5"

    The narrator did a good job for this relatively dry and very long biography. I felt like certain details could have been omitting without losing the essence of who Carnegie was.

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    chris la vernia, TX, United States 06-14-16
    chris la vernia, TX, United States 06-14-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Brilliant balanced telling of an incredible man."

    He was one of the most influential capitalist that influenced business and morals. A advocate for peace, and uplifting of mankind. He wasn't perfect but what mortal is?

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    Autodoc 05-11-16
    Autodoc 05-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Make as Much as You Can Then Give It Away"

    Very in depth telling of Carnegie's life. Surprised by the amount of letters that were available and made part of this book. Added a lot to parts and in others definitely not necessary. I will be listening to this again.

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    Paz 12-22-15
    Paz 12-22-15
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    "Epic and Inspiring"

    This is a masterful work. It is the perfect partner to the autobiography. It fills in the blanks and gives a powerful portrait of a powerful man.

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    Al-Yassa Al-Mahi Philadelphia, PA 10-27-15
    Al-Yassa Al-Mahi Philadelphia, PA 10-27-15
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    "Very long but very detailed. Great insights. "

    I read this book because I've read most of the Think and Grow Rich books which are based on Carnegie's philosophy. I wanted more insight into the man that made charitable giving into a business. I will do further research into how he set up his trusts. I want to emulate what he did.

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    Shaun 07-15-15
    Shaun 07-15-15
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    "The best business biography I aver."

    Grover Gardner has a very natural story-telling voice which draws you in and keeps you wanting more.

    This book has made Carnegie seem more human in many ways for I have always had an almost a God-like perception of him after reading the Gospel of Wealth essay.

    This book also made me want to visit Scotland!

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