Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie

by Wojciech Adam Koszek   ⋅   Aug 3, 2013   ⋅   Menlo Park, CA

Really long book. Got lost many times during listening of an audiobook. Similar format to "The first tycoon" on Vanderbilt. These books are too long and cover too many things. I feel like it's only interesting if you're a history junkie.

I don’t know how many times I’ve been starting this audiobook and giving up, since the beginning of this book is pretty stiff. Some days I preferred to just drive without anything in my ears, than just starting this book. Be armored with patience! But having gotten used to the author’s tone and pace and tempo, I proceed with it.

Something is sure about this book – the story of Carnegie’s life is very different to what we see in nowadays in Silicon Valley. It was neither fast nor innovative, and book explains slow and gradual process of him becoming a steel magnate.

The century difference also makes it pretty fascinating, as it touches topics like iron to steel transition and bridge building. Partially different, the majority of entrepreneurial stuff still holds true.

In other words: unless like modern stories of technology-related success, where things happen in short time, which people spoiled by modern times expect, Carnegie’s story was slightly less interesting, since it actually took him years before being able to claim he succeeded in something.

Listen only when interested in the history of the US.

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About the author: I'm Wojciech Adam Koszek. I like software, business and design. Poland native. In Bay Area since 2010.   More about me