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on 15 June 2017
Dated a bit in language and terminology. A bit disjointed in lay out, and many of the subjects discussed are buried in the past. A great story however of a great and kindly man.
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on 12 September 2017
Amazing rags to riches story from one of America's most famous entrepreneurs - a little dated perhaps but that's only to be expected considering he lived and writes in an era over 100 years ago
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on 2 June 2017
very good autobiography.
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on 12 March 2017
Great book for the price on kindle highly recommended
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on 22 May 2017
Tough book to get into it highly enjoyable. A very generous mam.
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VINE VOICEon 3 May 2010
This book was composed in instalments over the latter part of Andrew Carnegie's life. By any measure the steel magnate led an incredible life and became fabulously wealthy, even by today's standards. This was an interesting read and set out the ideas and historical context for Andrew Carnegie's aspirations.
I first became interested in Carnegie's life when reading 'Think and Grow Rich', by Napoleon Hill. I strongly recommend both titles, but beware that you get a copy of 'Think and Grow Rich' in its entirety and not one of the clumsier edited editions. Enjoy and be inspired.
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VINE VOICEon 24 January 2012
I wish I had read this at age twenty. Very inspirational he shows what can be achieved with vision and application.

From humble beginnings and good moral guidance from his family Andrew Carnegie became one of the richest men in the world and a great philanthropist in his later years.

He worked hard, educated himself through reading good books and creating " Mastermind Groups" with his colleagues so they all advanced their positions in life. He cultivated the friendship of those who helped him advance his career, and his education. In later life his friends included President Theodore Roosevelt, Prime Minister Gladstone and writer Mark Twain.

He was a great organiser, leader and diplomat who engendered the loyalty of his employees.

It was he who tasked Napoleon Hill to research the Philosophy of Success.
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on 11 February 2013
I started it but could not finish it. This is because the print were small. Thus, though interesting, I struggled with finishing a page at a sitting
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on 9 April 2017
Andrew Carnegie comes across as a strongly ethical man, who holds a deep respect for fairness and hard work. Born in Scotland, Carnegie immigrated to America with his family when he was 13, and got his first job in a cotton mill, working 12 hours a day. He slowly worked his way up from a messenger boy in the Ohio Telegraph Company to the superintendent of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company and finally to a steel magnate and one of the richest men in the world.

His Autobiography is incredibly well written and is full of anecdotes and advice to aspiring entrepreneurs. Moreover, Carnegie explains his philosophy of philanthropy, explaining how you should live the first third of your life learning, the second earning money, and the third giving that money away. Carnegie gave away close to $350 million (around 90% of his fortune), building libraries, community centres and colleges around the world (there were even Carnegie libraries in Cape Town).

Carnegie is the quintessential self-made man, and his philanthropy focused on providing the poor with a similar platform to educate themselves and achieve success in life. I have the feeling that Carnegie is often painted as a soulless capitalist, who acquired his fortune exploiting the impoverished workers of America, and then gave away his money as a way to clear his conscience. However, I don’t think that this description is very fair. I also wonder how many other entrepreneurs nowadays (Steve Jobs, Bill gates, Phil Knight) would be painted with a similar brush had their factories operated in the US, employing US citizens.

Major Takeaways: Self-education is just as valuable as formal education, (ii) Supporting your family should be your primary focus, (ii) Travel and learn about other cultures (iv) Try to avoid competition.
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on 1 January 2014
You always need to take into consideration the time something is written. Once you do that, this is an autobiography of autobiographies. It's also a master lesson in success. This man reveals through his own life and reflections so much about success, you might not need any other self-help book. You just have to apply the principles he's demonstrating in his life to other areas.
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