The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie (New York, NY: Penguin Group, Inc., 2006)

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.

Carnegie practiced what he preached in terms of giving back to society.  In fact, Mark Twain (a close friend of Carnegie) dubbed him “St. Andrew” while Prime Minister William Gladstone singled him out as the “example” for wealthy aristocrats.

The story of his success begins with a $1.20-a-week job at a bobbin factory where he learned the values of hard work and frugality.  Clearly, these tenets stuck with him, as he amassed (and subsequently gave away) an unprecedented fortune by the end of his life.