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Fascinating! The author tells the good, the bad and the ugly about Carnegie, explaining the times and the laws. As an immigrant Carnegie goes from a poor boy to an influential millionaire, bestowing libraries and other gifts to citizens but early on learns to take time to enjoy life.
Carnegie learns through watching others and always giving his ute most to each task. At times he uses his influence to bully, at other times he is benevolent. A great overall view of the life and times in the 1800's and this world renown man.
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Carnegie’s story is interesting, especially his early years and his life-long relationship with his birthplace. But the author's account often becomes one tedious detail after another, especially in part 4 in which he quotes virtually all of Carnegie’s weekly letters to an English friend in full. Grover Gardner is usually one of my favorite narrators, but he really flubbed this one. I noticed frequent and in some cases repeated mispronunciations of proper names including A.T. Mahan; no doubt there were others I didn’t catch. And he got a surprising number of plain words wrong; one I remember was prescient. Not a bad listen and good value for the money. But you have to be awfully interested in Andrew Carnegie to stick with it until the end.
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A well researched and insightful account of the now iconic Andrew Carnegie.
Riveting and one that you will probably come back to again.
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You know his name, now listen to his story.
You think you knew him, but this book shines a light on to the dissing world of one of the world's greatest titans and the methods used to build his empire.
Andrew Carnegie - What a life. Good story, well presented and appears to be fair. As any of us, he had his good, and bad...but he created power that was respected, and wealth that was less respected by others as he aged.