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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 35 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: May 10, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0081ZR52C
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The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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I always thought Carnegie a man distant from his workers, but if this book is to be believed I was quite wrong on this point.
I really enjoyed the first half of the book — Carnegie's rise to riches, but after he gives away most everything the book becomes a long exercise of name dropping. If it's not Mark Twain, it's President Teddy Roosevelt. Or the German Emperor.
I'd give the first half of this book 5 stars and the second half two stars.
Mr. Carnegie began his autobiography with a history of his family in Scotland before moving on to describe their plans and eventual move to the United States. The first two-thirds of the book are mostly in chronological order, allowing readers to experience Mr. Carnegie’s life and his experiences in the business world. The book is written in an engaging style, and it is easy to imagine yourself sitting by the fire with a drink in hand while speaking directly with the author.
There were added bonuses to the book, the first being the many words of wisdom Mr. Carnegie included as part of his recollections. These range from “A great business is seldom if ever built up, except on lines of the strictest integrity” to “He that cannot reason is a fool, He that will not is a bigot, He that dare not is a slave.” Along with Mr. Carnegie’s thoughts we are also rewarded with a view of American history during the nineteenth century. I don’t believe this was his intention, and thus he reveals an unguarded view of the world as it used to be.
The last third of the book are chapters that Mr. Carnegie probably felt would be better presented as subjects having their own sections rather than trying to include them in the chronological portion. Most of these chapters cover other people living at the same time, and Mr. Carnegie’s interactions with them.
Overall, a very interesting book that compelled me to take my time, stepping back in history and sharing the life and thoughts of a successful businessman. Five stars.
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