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“The work of Nations: An Interview with Robert B. Reich.” Aurora Online. Morrison, T. Web. 30 May 2013.

This article begins by describing Reich as belonging to a crop of few individuals educated on different fields. The author gives a brief introduction about Reich’s academic and professional background. In the subsequent sections, Reich’s mastery in social and economic life is described in detail. The rest of the article mostly consists of an interview where Reich gives his views on economics based on his publication; The Work of Nations. Even though this article appears to be overly praising Reich’s achievements, it is quite informative.

Robert B. Reich. The Arena. Politico LLC, 2012. Web. 30 May 2013.

This article dwells more on Robert B. Reich’s professional career. Reich, who is a professor of public policy at the University of California in Berkeley, has served in three administrations and has written several books and articles on governance and economics. In 2003, he was awarded the Vaclev Havel Foundation Prize by the former Czech president. Even though this work provides a detailed overview of his achievements, as biography it provides no information on his educational background and personal life.

“The Richest Man in the World: Andrew Carnegie.” American Experience. PBS Online, 1999. Web. 30 May 2013.

This article gives a detailed account of Carnegie’s rise from poverty to become one of the richest industrialists in world history. The author retraces Carnegie’s journey back to his poor background in Scotland; which is portrayed as the springboard to his overzealous ambition to acquire wealth. After immigration to the US, what follows is a description of how the young Carnegie began his career. The article departs from the norm by dwelling more on Carnegie’s beginnings as opposed to his later life as a rich industrialist-turned-philanthropist.

Carnegie, Andrew. Business Leader Profiles for Students.Ed. Sheila Dow and Jaime E. Noce.Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale, 2002. 132-135. Gale Virtual Reference Library.Web. 30 May 2013.

This article highlights on Andrew Carnegie’s achievements; more especially his philanthropic endeavors. The authors credit his success to a strict work ethic instilled by his parents; more so his mother. Unlike the previous account, this one is more detailed in regards to Carnegie’s early life, education and economic activities. A major shortcoming is that the authors do not provide any information on his malpractices. Nevertheless, it is a nice account for anyone who wishes to traces Carnegie’s road to success.

"Carnegie, Andrew 1835-1919." American Decades. Ed. Judith S. Baughman, et al. Vol. 1: 1900-1909. Detroit: Gale, 2001. Gale Virtual Reference Library.Web. 30 May 2013.

About Philanthropic Endeavors

This article gives more information on Andrew Carnegie’s philanthropic endeavors. The author’s begin by giving a brief overview of how he acquired his managerial skills and general business acumen. However, unlike the previous articles, this one gives more details on how and where he channeled his philanthropies. Accurate figures are offered in regard to the philanthropic rivalry between Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller; another successful industrialist. Nonetheless, this article is quite shallow in regards to how exactly Carnegie acquired his wealth. 

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