After reading three of Booker T. Washington's books, Character Building, My Larger Education, and Up from Slavery, it seemed appropriate to establish a home page for his works and my reviews.
Booker T. Washington, Up from Slavery
Booker T. Washington was one of these great men, and I am learning from his wisdom. I would add that we should also learn from the mistakes of the great--and lesser, men and women.
“I had been in Luxembourg nine months when I returned to Washington for a consultation with the State Department, a customary procedure with ambassadors and ministers. … After my Washington consultations, I went up to New York for a few days and was given a luncheon there that I consider one of the greatest honors of my life [emphasis added].”
“Matthew Woll, the A. F. of L. Vice-President … got together with his friend and mine, Thomas Watson, President of International Business Machines, to co-host the affair."
Perle (Pearl) Mesta
The "Famous Leaders" Series of books spanned a timeframe from 1920 to 1955. There was one "Famous Leaders of Character" and a series of six "Famous Leaders of Industry." The target audience was the adolescent reader. It is important to understand the audience to set the proper expectations. I did not realize this when I read the last in the series--The Sixth Series, first.
“Famous Leaders of Industry (with a new author: Trentwell M. White) discusses the lives of twenty-five men who have had the courage and independence … to work night and day to bring the results of their thinking to fruition.”
Trentwell M. White
This is an Interview in 1917 with Will I. Ohmer, President, Recording and Computing Machines Company. Headings, subheadings and images were added by this author. The article was shortened and minor edits performed where appropriate for readability without affecting the overall tone and purpose of the piece while, hopefully, improving clarity.
Several times the term “girl(s)” has been replaced with “woman/women” so as to keep the reader engaged and not distracted with an out-of-date term that was widely used at the time, and not in a derogatory manner.
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Peter E. Greulich
Links are provided below to three books by B. C. Forbes: (1) "Scrapbook of Thoughts on the Business of Life," (2) "Little Bits about Big Men," and (3) "America's 50 Foremost Business Leaders."
"America's Fifty Foremost Business Leaders" covers a span of time from 1917 to 1947: From the founding of FORBES Magazine to its thirtieth anniversary. These men were voted the best-of-the-best by their peers in 1947.
After reading and reviewing "The Life of Andrew Carnegie," a magnificent biography of the industrialist and philanthropist by Burton J. Hendrick and the "Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie" edited by John C. Van Dyke, it seemed appropriate to set up a home page for these reviews and other works by "Andy."
Even as his words have become more electronically accessible with the modern-day internet, his thoughts are the internet's equivalent of little-referenced manuscripts gathering dust on a bookshelf. Unfortunately, his talent, business skills, and humanity are less in vogue with today's chief executive officers. We need to blow the dust off these old biographies, books and publications.
If you care to learn more, select the image above or one of the links provided below.
- Peter E.
“My connection with Hampton and Tuskegee Institutes, which promote the elevation of the colored race we formerly kept in slavery, has been a source of satisfaction and pleasure, and to know Booker Washington is a rare privilege. We should all take our hats off to the man who not only raised himself from slavery but helped raise millions of his race to a higher stage of civilization. ...
“He rose from slavery to the leadership of his people—a modern Moses and Joshua combined, leading his people both onward and upward.
B. J. Hendrick's "The Life of Andrew Carnegie"
We will be creating an Andrew Carnegie home page and updating our book reviews over the next week. We will add reviews of B. J. Hendrick's biography, "The Life of Andrew Carnegie" and "Andy's" autobiography.
Until then choose the image above or link below to read our thoughts on Booker T. Washington's book, "Character Building."
I was once again impressed by Ida M. Tarbell’s’ balanced approach to history and her description of the actors who interacted—and sometimes fought—with each other. She covers the individuals with Emerson’s Lengthening Shadow who led capital, business and labor during this time.
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In 1950, B. C. Forbes published the first of what would ultimately become over two decades a three-volume set of quotes, epilogues and statements on “The Business of Life.” Initially, I started to list some of my favorite quotes from Volume I, but a question came to mind: What was the overall impression—the big picture—of all the quotes in this first volume?
What was on the mind of these early industrialists, philosophers, and business founders (and B. C. Forbes) when these short business-life idioms were written, collected and published?
Subject from the "Subject Index" and Number of Mentions
A footnote: Consider that each subject may be more expansive than what is listed here. For instance, the category “Action” does not include “Act, Actions, Deeds, or Doing.” Neither does the category “God” include subjects such as “Faith, Religion or the Golden Rule.”
Also, little effort has been made to count the exact number of mentions in the index. These were cut/paste into a Word document and the number of words then extracted. The actual count may be off by one or two—forgive me as this was a trade-off on my part between accuracy and effort. Maybe, if I were a university professor who could put a graduate understudy to work on it, eh?
"Nothing should be done that would tend to reduce diversity of talents in our [human] race.
Select the image above or the link below to read a review of "An American Four-in-Hand in Britain."
Peter E. Greulich
Pete has been studying IBM and early American corporate history since his retirement in 2011. These are his thoughts and musings, and of those whose biographies he has read with links to articles and book reviews on this website.