His good friend Mark Twain dubbed him "St. Andrew." Prime Minister William Gladstone called him an "example" for the wealthy. Such terms seldom apply to multimillionaires. But Andrew Carnegie was no run-of-the-mill steel magnate. At age thirteen, full of dreams, he sailed to his native Dunfermline, Scotland, to America. The story of his success begins with a $1.20-a-week job at a bobbin factory. By the end of his life, he had amassed an unprecedented fortune and given away more than ninety percent of it for the good of mankind.
Here, for the first time in one volume, are two impressive works by Andrew Carnegie himself: his autobiography and "The Gospel of Wealth," a groundbreaking manifesto on the duty of the wealthy to give all of their fortunes back to society. And he practiced what he preached, erecting almost sixteen hundred libraries across the country, founding Carnegie Mellon University, building Carnegie Hall, and performing countless other acts of philanthropy because, as Carnegie wrote, "the man who dies thus rich dies disgraced."
With a new introduction by Gordon Hutner
Author Andrew Carnegie