Born in Scotland, Andrew Carnegie is one of the best incarnations of the self-made man and the american dream. His biography says during his life Carnegie got very involved in philantropy and social conscience (mostly promoting local libraries) allowing modest men and women to educate themselves. Indeed, after he sold his empire to J.P. Morgan he ended up devoting his life entirely to humanitarism and altuirsm until the day of his death.
Andrew Carnegie was one of the first modern industrialists who were careful about social and corporate responsability. Indeed, he even published an article known as “The Gospel of Wealth” (published in 1889) urging the new upper-class of the american gilded age to care about social responsability.
In his book “Think and Grow Rich”, Napoleon Hill tells us he managed to interview Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie was in possession of a secret formula and entrusted Hill with the mission and responsability to write the definte book on success and achievement, with the purpose every man and woman in America could have at least one opportunity to be successful regardless of his or her education, business, family or background.