Round the World
Despite having set the standard for how the mega-rich should "spend it," Carnegie did go out and enjoy himself. His book Round the World is his first hand account of a year he spent traveling abroad. Yet Carnegie was no snob. His cheerful and witty travelogue is full of little gems: it's set up as a series of fast-paced, funny and highly eloquent diary entries, whose dialogue and quirky titles are a joy to read. How sweet, too, that when trying to decide which books from his massive library to take, he chooses the compact 13 volume set of Shakespeare his mother gave him. On his voyage Carnegie paints a vivid portrait of Japan, China, Singapore, Egypt, India, and many countries the world over.