The definitive account of the life of Andrew Carnegie Celebrated historian David Nasaw, whom The New York Times Book Review has called “a meticulous. David Nasaw has written a fascinating new biography of a man who “Andrew Carnegie” is fully up to that standard, a marvelous window onto. Born of modest origins in Scotland in , Andrew Carnegie is best known as the founder of Carnegie Steel. His rags to riches story has never been told as.

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Andrew Carnegie

He left us not only the libraries but a whole host of educational and arts establishments, hero funds and institutes for the public good.

Carnegie was certainly a complex man and, I find, like most people, he was full of contradictions. I have many thoughts on this. Early on, the family moved to the United States, settling in the Pittsburgh area.

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Scott knew the best publicly held companies and always davi Andrew a piece of the pie. His one huge goal however was to establish World peace. What did Frick think of Carnegie. I ordered the book on the spot and warned her I would hunt her down if I devoted the time it would take to read such a thick book if it turned davif to be crap.


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At the dawn of WWI he was incredulous and eventually despondent. More By and About This Author. The Great War broke this man’s spirit.

Pitiful also because his optimistic enthusiasm in support of arbitration and negotiation, for a League of Peace and a World Court fell on deaf ears. He did not for a moment believe he was depriving the members of his labor force for his own benefit.

But biography ought to reflect perspectives not available to the subject. Apr 05, Samuel rated it really liked it.

The book illustrates the ambitions of Carnegie to be more than an industrial baron. While in New York he sought the company of the wealthy and educated.

Carnegie was no friend of the worker — but he was totally oblivious to this — thinking that he was beloved by them because he gave them employment. Almost a self thought grandmaster chess player in business. He could not see the drudgery of their lives.


I’m also remember that, no matter one’s background, a being finds success by simply being It seems hard that widows and orphans should be left to andrrw for life or death. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The Best Laid Schemes But he was no dour Scotsman — he was very talkative on a great range of subjects and was forever optimistic.


Among his goals developed in the latter part of the 19th Century–to give away his rapidly developing fortune.

Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw

As I said, an ultimate hypocrite. It left a lot on the table. We studied all the wars and did not focus much on the amazing growth of the American industrial sector after the civil war.

An exhausting biography of one of the titans of American industry, a billionaire who made his fortune on the backs of the toil of his workers he exploited, but also one who opposed his country’s dalliance with imperialism. While some elementary grammar mistakes find their way When I started this time, I had a vague who Andrew Carnegie was, and knew little about his legacy. References to this book Managing Executive Health: