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Empire of Business

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Empire of Business by Andrew Carnegie is a fascinating exploration of the rise of one of America's most influential businessmen. Carnegie's in-depth look at his own success provides valuable insights into the traits and strategies that can lead to immense wealth and power in the business world.

The book is well-written and engaging, with Carnegie's personal anecdotes bringing the reader into his world and helping to understand the challenges and opportunities he faced on his path to success. His emphasis on the importance of hard work, persistence, and innovation resonates throughout the text, making it a valuable resource for aspiring entrepreneurs.

However, some readers may find Carnegie's focus on individual achievement and wealth accumulation somewhat outdated or lacking in social consciousness. Despite this criticism, Empire of Business remains a thought-provoking and informative read for anyone interested in the history of American business and the lessons that can be learned from one of its most legendary figures.

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This collection of essays by Scottish-American steel industrialist Andrew Carnegie, gathered from various periodicals and first published in book form in 1902, provides insight into one of history’s richest and most notable entrepreneurs/philanthropists. Carnegie shares his outlook on the economic situation in America at the turn of the 20th century, the state of the US oil, coal, rail, and steel industries, the relationship between capital and labour, individualism vs. socialism, the public/private sector partnership, the upward climb of humanity into prosperity, the importance of land and population, trade and the best uses of tariffs, etc. He also discusses the personal rewards of hard work, integrity, thrift, how to accumulate wealth, cultivation of the lifelong reading habit, use of libraries, and other advice for achieving success. Included is one of his most famous little essays, "The Three Legged Stool". - Summary by Michele Fry

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