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His good friend Mark Twain dubbed him "St. Andrew." British Prime Minister William Gladstone called him an "example" for the wealthy. Such terms seldom apply to multimillionaires. But Andrew Carnegie was no run-of-the-mill steel magnate. At age 13 and full of dreams, he sailed from his native Dunfermline, Scotland, to America. The story of his success begins with a $1.20-a-week job at a bobbin factory. By the end of his life, he had amassed an unprecedented fortune - and given away more than 90 percent of it for the good of mankind.

Here, in one volume, are two impressive works by Andrew Carnegie himself: his autobiography and The Gospel of Wealth, a groundbreaking manifesto on the duty of the wealthy to give back to society all of their fortunes. And he practiced what he preached, erecting 1,600 libraries across the country, founding Carnegie Mellon University, building Carnegie Hall, and performing countless other acts of philanthropy because, as Carnegie wrote, "The man who dies thus rich dies disgraced."

Public Domain (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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I loved this book. AC is now a hero to me. I will buy the hard back of both and study his life. Must read.

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Getting to know him

You hear off people , and based on hearsay you form and often time the wrong idea of the person. That was my case with Mr. Carnegie. All I remember was that he was an union buster, when in reality he was not even in the country, when the event happened, and was highly regarded by labor. I wanted to know about Mr. Andrew Carnegie, and came away meeting Andy. In the end I found that he was not more much different than me, and for his humanity I am grateful.

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Inspirational Man

I liked the book and Mr. Carnegie's story. I thought the book was narrated well and it can easily be listened to at a faster pace without losing anything. I do think the book went into to details it did not need but overall it was well written.

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My new hero and inspiration

After listening to this book I’ve found myself a new inspiration to follow in life.

A true gentlemen in business

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Unheard words from a good man

I wish more people would listen to Andrew Carnegie's mild yet optimistic view on business and wealth. The book helps define Mr. Carnegie's drive, and the book also shows the ideals he wished for as he built his business. It's a good read but it's sadly dull at points, talking about monotony and personal relations.

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Great Life Story of a Great Man

Great bio of the great Mr. Carnegie. Really enjoyed the Gospel of Wealth added to the end of this great book.

Only gripe is the volume of the narration made it difficult to hear when driving in a car or walking through the city.

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Relevant today

The power of work ethic and taking opportunities is demonstrated. Some little known history 1890-1915 is described by way of personal conversations on decision making and topics of the day. It seemed like 20 powerful men were making decisions for the world in many respects.

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I'm torn on this one

I really enjoyed the first half, understanding the history of Andy's youth and life. However most of the gospel of wealth (second half) never drew me in. I enjoyed the last chapter, which I think is supposed to be a summary of the latter half, but I think much could be edited out.

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Very Lacking in Detail. Very disappointing.

Found it very disappointing in the lack of detail throughout the story. I was expecting and hoping it was going to have a more behind the mind/thinking of Mr. Carnegie as in when he came up with the business ideas, how he grew it piece by piece. Instead it was as if you were meeting someone new over drinks and them giving you their background. For example, "Hello, I'm Mr. Carnegie. I grew up in Scotland. Moved over the the states. Worked for a railroad for a bit. Then I got into the iron and steel business for a bit. I later sold it and here I am. So what do you do?"

I stuck with it to the end hoping the beginning was the overview and the detailed parts would come but they never did.

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So glad I read I heard this autobiography

I love to read about men that have done great things they usually have such a humility this is a must-read for anyone in any field including spiritual

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  • 10-01-21

Memoirs of a great man

Carnegie is a legendary name in the financial and industrial world, but it's perhaps his benevolence his most remembered for. A thoughtful and considered autobiographical journey of his business and personal relationships, including stories of close friends such as Mark Twain and his young life in Dunfermline. Great to hear him talk about his own hero's, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, as he has inspired future generations, such as Warren Buffet. His last remark sums him up, help those who are willing to be helped and think of the good for wider community. This is the type of capitalism that Adam Smith prescribed.

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  • 08-15-21

Wonderful. A good man talking about how to be good

I feel being good has been lost. This book give me hope that it is still a thing men and women can do.

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  • 08-10-21

Great Book just like the man !

Loved it a great book by a great man fantastic insight into his life and times !