The definitive account of the life of Andrew Carnegie Celebrated historian David Nasaw, whom The New York Times Book Review has called “a meticulous. 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. Robber baron? Capitalist butcher? Angel? Industrialist-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie has been many things to many people, and in this.

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View all 13 comments. Seven hundred and eighty-some pages later, I am now intimately familiar with the man, and legend, behind Carnegie Steel and one of the largest philanthropic undertakings of modern mankind.

Jun 01, Mary Pressman rated davdi really liked it. Certainly there must be more out there this author could have found to add dimension to this amazing relationship.

ANDREW CARNEGIE by David Nasaw | Kirkus Reviews

While my lasting carnegiie of the history channel series was that it deserved very low marks, they also used Donald Trump as one of their modern day talking heads, that alone disqualifies the series as any serious review of history David Nasaw’s book was pre while watching a history channel series on industrial titans of the 19th and early daid century, it occurred to me that I owned a copy of this bio of Andrew Carnegie as they interviewed the author, David Nasaw as one of their talking heads.

For instance, one accounting notes the following page Carnegie always seemed to be flying at a very high altitude above his factories – especially his iron and steel workers.

In other words to succeed you don’t need hard work and application, you need someone to give you a handful of magic beans. Especially laudable although unsuccessful were his battle against andrdw annexation of the Philippines by the United States and his high-level, international, efforts at forestalling WWI. When I started this time, I had a vague who Andrew Carnegie was, and knew little about his legacy. His quest for world peace and the anddrew of his life Very detailed account of the life of Andrew Carnegie his rise from lowly beginnings his early work ethic his wheeling and dealing his risk-taking which paid off in the steel business which made him a titan.


Exactly who they want to be. Unfortunately the book is simply too long and too suffused with personal details. What is the explanation for the hold she had on him? What employer doesn’t like an employee who gets the job done quickly, thinks of ways to do the job better, puts those ideas to use and never complains?

There are some character There is nothing more fascinating than a life story. The audiobook is narrated by Grover Gardner. Refresh and try again. He was also mean and naszw.

While many scholars have focused on how mythical this was–the rich and privileged had obvious head starts and unique advantages over lower class Americans and less well-connected immigrants–Andrew Carnegie is a living embodiment of someone who came to America nxsaw poverty and became not only wealthy, but one of the wealthiest men in the world in his lifetime.

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This is what reading it was like: I am certainly glad to have read this book. Read it Forward Read it first. He spent the rest of his life giving andre the fortune he had accumulated and crusading for international peace. Indeed, Spencer and Shakespeare went hand in hand for Carnegie to the point that he could close a deal quoting either writer.

I want to meet this guy and share a Dewars at Skibo.

This is, in part, because nothing happened. The embodiment of the American dream, he pulled himself up from bobbin boy in a cotton factory to become the richest man in the world. Jun 25, Tony rated it really liked it. TR too took his money and heaped praise, but behind his dafid referred to “the male shrieking sisterhood of Carnegies. Nasaw explains how Carnegie made his dxvid fortune and carnegei prompted him to give it all away, how he was drawn into the campaign first against American involvement in the Spanish-American War and then for international peace, and how he used his friendships with presidents and prime ministers to try to carmegie the world back from the brink of disaster.

That is a good book! He often said he was lucky. By the late s, early s when I was going to the library I should think that what had been spent on the operating costs was comfortably in excess of the capital cost of construction. So they decided to move to western Pennsylvania where relatives had emigrated years before in hopes of a better life.


Something this big is begging for critique. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. It seems hard that widows and orphans should be left to struggle for life or death.

Nasaw achievement is that he has opted for documentation, and has put it together in a readable way. I always had to see it when we went to the library or the nasae, and just stared at it with wonder.

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This is a very good biography. But not his factory workers, who he kept on a 12 hour day, seven carneyie a week. For all that he accomplished and came to represent to the American public–a wildly successful businessman and capitalist, a carngeie writer, peace activist, philanthropist, man of letters, lover of culture, and unabashed enthusiast for American democracy and capitalism – Carnegie has remained, to this day, an enigma.

We find out at the rupture of their business relationship that Frick, at that time, was sick of Carnegie.


David Nasaw’s authoritative new biography goes a long way toward answering the question, even if he cannot—perhaps no biographer can—ultimately fathom Carnegie’s complex motives and temperament. Andrew heard of a new way which would strip this power from these skilled workmen.

Frick endured the sweat and stress and drew the hatred of working men during the infamous company vs labor confrontation at the Homestead mill, while Carnegie enjoyed the profits and gave the impression a wrong one that he was removed from the day to day decisions. So many issues and constant problems thru his business, but when retired and worry free he slumped into slight depression, evident that problems are a ajdrew of life.

Personal and Corporate Strategies for Sustained He thinks he is a scorner of kings and emperors and dukes, whereas he is like the rest of the human race: