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  • Series: Little Books of Wisdom
  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Applewood Books; Reprint edition (May 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557094713
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557094711
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carnegie's classic essay about the responsibilities of those of great means to use their wealth for the good of society.

About the Author

Andrew Carnegie began working in the steel mills of Pittsburgh at the age of 12. As an adult, he became the owner of Carnegie Steel Company. After it was sold, the company became U.S. Steel and Carnegie became one of the wealthiest men of his fay. He spent the rest of his life giving his vast wealth to help build libraries throughout the world, and fund other worthwhile social projects. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By seancarnes@aol.com on September 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is about 1/4" thick and is an essay written by Andrew Carnegie in June 1889. It's an interesting perpective on what very wealthy people should do with their money to improve society. He doesn't believe in handing over the cash when you die to your children but rather spending it before you die on free libraries, parks, etc. to improve life for the common man. It was recommended reading from a book on History of Wall Street.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By steve@learfinancial.com on September 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a financial and estate planner this essay will redefine my practice. Common people today have accumulated far more wealth than they imagined. There is a struggle to determine the right course. Carnegie, about 100 years ago, had the insight to challange those of means to become trustees of our society. I am motivated and you will be as well. I read this is material that has made a large impact on Bill Gates. For those of you with excess assets PLEASE READ
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ian Duckles on November 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Just a quick note, the essay is interesting, but it is in the public domain, and a complete text of the essay can be found with a quick google search. Don't waste your money.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. Nowacki on July 19, 2005
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John D. Rockefeller said this book inspired him. A previous reviewer said he read that it inspired Bill Gates too. It is no coincidence that Rockefeller, Gates, and Carnegie were the three greatest philanthropists in American history. These men have contributed more to America than 10,000 average people could. The following are just some of the contributions of the above three men: Carnegie Mellon, U of Chicago, Spellman College, Rockefeller University, medical advancements, public libraries, medical aid, art donations to museums, etc. They could have been like J. Paul Getty and hoarded the money, but they chose (or choose) to be great men.

The book talks about the responsibilities of wealthy people. Wealthy people have the opportunity to help people who don't have much opportunity and Carnegie writes about the responsibility wealthy people have to them.
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Format: Hardcover
For those seeking an inspired depiction of the merits of capitalism shared with the philanthropic views of one of the most chartable men in history, the Gospel of Wealth will garner your interest. It is not often the thoughts of great titans in history are readily available to the public. Whether you agree with Carnegie's views or oppose his very existence, you cannot argue the manner in which he articulates his views is both moving and rational.

The Gospel of Wealth is both brief and available free of charge on the internet; however I reject the notion that Carnegie's work is diminished as a result. This book is a short essay that will take less than thirty minutes to read, but the content is lasting. My review measures the content of the book and accordingly I recommend reading the Gospel of Wealth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Biopsyche on September 28, 2010
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Andrew Carnegie was a saint; he made a lot of money legitimately and even more legitimately decided it was his (Christian) obligation to distribute his wealth to have-nots-- conspicuously in the bequeathal to libraries which dot the American continent (including this Louisville from which I write.)

I read this book from the perspective of a pauper; while I do not have a great material wealth to distribute to a world, I have my poverty for its reasons. The take home message for me was: IF CARNEGIE CAN ASSUME THAT HIS RICHES ARE A GIFT, AND GIVE BACK, THEN I CAN GIVE THE GIFTS OF MY SITUATION TO A WORLD ALSO. What 'I have a lot of' is no-money and schizophrenia (the bane of my family); I can turn around this abundance in a responsible way and through responsible husbanding write my testament-in-blood to a perhaps less than loving world.

So I thank Mr. Carnegie, and take home my message about how I must give back my gift (poverty and psychosis-management) as my GOSPEL, by the changes of change.

--Vernon Lynn Stephens
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There's a problem with this book and it begins with the very issue of its existence in why to acquire it, and by the quantitative length of its pages:

The book costs less than 10 dollars and is 24 pages long, which is for some (if not most...) 10 dollars too much and 24 pages too stressful to open their wallets and open their minds to. Coupled by the fact that the material is public domain and can easily be found and printed off the internet... but why not do yourself the favor and actually OWN this valuable piece to officiate its physical authenticity?

This is a shame because as it lies, there is an issue here in America today we struggle with, with the curious paradigm in our culture that exists today that having too much money, too much success or simply TOO MUCH is a bad thing. And that if you plan on giving away any of that excess, what do you do with it? And how?

The Gospel of Wealth is not that book to try and prove, or disprove for that matter, why these things are good OR bad; rather, it is simply here as written by Andrew Carnegie, an explanation as what to do with so much wealth recognized by caused success, logically, and knowing righteously what to do with that excess, from success, to help benefit the good will of mankind and its benevolent future.

In short, this is a book about philanthropy in its most purest, unadulterated sense: BY ONE OF THE MOST RICHEST MEN WHO EVER EXISTED IN AMERICA, ONLY SECONDED BY ROCKEFELLER.

If you cannot spend the time or money to acquire this tiny fraction of wisdom, then I highly suggest you question what your priorities are, because this is the kind of stuff no one tells anyone else, has the eloquence or courage to tell it like it is, this profoundly. Period.
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