Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie (Great Classics #83) (Paperback)

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This is an amazing story of a man who was an incredible human being. Published after his death, Andrew Carnegie shares his thoughts, life experiences, stories, and favorite quotes. People have always associated Carnegie with libraries, rightly so, but he was so much more. He starts out in telegraphs and moves on to railroads and then on to steel and then to being one of the richest men in America.

Andrew Carnegie's autobiography starts out strong. His story of his childhood in Scotland, his emigration to America as a young teen, and his early career as a driven young man is fascinating. Carnegie turns out to have been a very interesting man who took great interest in the people around him, was an astute observer of people, and a very caring and loyal friend.

Carnegie is a surprisingly good author and his narrative of his life makes for a very interesting read. Great feast from the man who said,

"The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%."

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About the Author

Andrew Carnegie (November 25, 1835 - August 11, 1919) was a Scottish American industrialist who led the enormous expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century. He is often identified as one of the richest people and one of the richest Americans ever.He built a leadership role as a philanthropist for the United States and the British Empire. During the last 18 years of his life, he gave away to charities, foundations, and universities about $350 million[6] (in 2015 share of GDP, $78.6 billion) - almost 90 percent of his fortune. His 1889 article proclaiming "The Gospel of Wealth" called on the rich to use their wealth to improve society, and it stimulated a wave of philanthropy. Carnegie was born in Dunfermline, Scotland, and emigrated in 1848 to the United States with his very poor parents. Carnegie started work as a telegrapher and by the 1860s had investments in railroads, railroad sleeping cars, bridges and oil derricks. He accumulated further wealth as a bond salesman raising money for American enterprise in Europe. He built Pittsburgh's Carnegie Steel Company, which he sold to J.P. Morgan in 1901 for $480 million (2015 per share of GDP, $370 billion). It became the U.S. Steel Corporation. After selling Carnegie Steel, he surpassed Rockefeller as the richest American for the next couple of years, reaching a personal net worth of US$310 billion-a fortune not yet known to the modern world. Carnegie devoted the remainder of his life to large-scale philanthropy, with special emphasis on local libraries, world peace, education and scientific research. With the fortune he made from business, he built Carnegie Hall and founded the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Carnegie Institution for Science, Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, Carnegie Hero Fund, Carnegie Mellon University and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, among others.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781539673484
ISBN-10: 1539673480
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: October 21st, 2016
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Great Classics