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Book Title: Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie (免费版书)|
The author of the book: Andrew Carnegie
Date of issue: March 30th 2011
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Format files: PDF
The size of the: 443 KB
Read full description of the books Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie (免费版书):Being a librarian, I have of course heard about Andrew Carnegie. Most of my knowledge, however, is about his funding of libraries. I knew very little about his early life and how he made his fortune. I am always a bit leary of autobiographies because most people are not objective when writing about themselves. Carnegie seemed to live a charmed life where everything pretty much goes his way and his way is up, up, up. 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. According to him, he was a friend to the working man, the black man and the rich and powerful. I'm not sure how those people would characterize him, but it doesn't seem likely that everyone loved "Andy" like he says they did. That aside, his story is fascinating. However, the autobiography is not. It is pretty boring for the most part. For one thing, it was written in the early 1900s near the end of Carnegie's life. Carnegie also name drops like crazy. This wouldn't be horrible if I knew who most of the people were or if most modern readers would know who they were. However, I am pretty sure only a student of history would recognize most of the names. These two things make the reading pretty hard to get through. I think I would have been better served by a biography instead of Carnegie's own words.
Read information about the authorAndrew Carnegie was a Scottish American industrialist who led the enormous expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century. He built a leadership role as a philanthropist for America and the British Empire. During the last 18 years of his life, he gave away to charities, foundations, and universities about $350 million (in 2011, $225 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.
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