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Gospel of Wealth (Little Books of Wisdom) Hardcover – May 1, 1998
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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.
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
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.
Andrew Carnegie's call upon the excessively wealthy to make a point of truly doing good with their excess wealth is as timely today as when it was first published in the North American Review in June 1889. Besides the obvious of condemning both spending ostentatiously upon oneself or turning one's children into the idle rich, Mr. Carnegie also contrasts unfavorably both the giving of bequests after death and mindlessly donating wealth to charity with his preferred method:
using the skills and wisdom that acquired such vast wealth in the first place in order to wisely donate wealth in ways carefully calculated to do the most good while the donor is still alive to guide things.
Note: Some reviewers have complained that this book is available online for free. Well, yes, what part of in the public domain do you not understand? However, trying to get away with giving someone a printout as a gift will earn you the nickname of cheapskate. If all you want to do is read it yourself, then by all means stick to the free sites. However, if you are looking for a way to get through to someone else, you are better off buying a copy, and a solitary sawbuck for this sturdy pocket-sized reprint is going to be tough to beat. The chief virtue of it being online is your ability to read it first and make sure that this is the book you want to give before ordering it.Read more ›
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Relevant today and tomorrow promoting social and economic opinion that should be a part of our daily dialogue and one that should be shared.Published 1 month ago by Harley Flack
Andrew Carnegie provides a roadmap for Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and many of us who are much less prominent. A great "essay" promoting philanthropy with Christian undertones. Read morePublished 11 months ago by James C. Vogel