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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Credit the telegraph with setting a wealthy man free. But his intellect helped launch him into a promotion as the telegraphic operator, interpreting Morse coded messages. Majestically told and based on materials catnegie available to any previous biographer, the definitive life of Andrew Carnegie-one of American business’s most iconic and elusive titans-by the bestselling author of The Chief: A must read for lateth earlyth century history buffs.

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It didn’t detract too much from the overall reading experience, but when one seeks out to have a clear timeline, one is forced to read some things over again. Carnegie loved to travel, read, attend the theater, and generally absorb culture, which he regarded not as a frill but as a necessity. 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.

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.

Carnegie, the son of an impoverished linen weaver, moved to Pittsburgh at the age of thirteen Instead of just shilling for capitalism, shouldn’t Carnegie have explored its devastating consequences as well? His focus on heros continues in CNN awards.


Andrew Carnegie

The Battle for Homestead Morgan’s claim that Carnegie became the richest man in the world when he sold his steel corporation to Morgan did not embarrass Carnegie a bit. Andrew went to his summer home to play golf.

He spent the rest of his life giving away the fortune he had accumulated and crusading for international peace. We are all aware of his philanthropy but here is the man behind the deeds.

So Be It Also, I found myself longing for less quotes. Read it Forward Read it first. Equal to his optimism, prescience on business, world events and the role of women, race, peace and disarmament, is his blind spot to the feelings of not just the underpaid and overworked mill workers but also those whom he trusts such as Frick, Taft and T.

Nasaw does show that the 5 foot tall Carnegie bestrode his era like a colossus.

His ability to foresee the market for steel paid off again and again. If you want to see the results of the town with the mills gone andrwe operating very lightly, read the article in May’s Rolling Stone “The mayor of hell”. Carnegie always seemed to be flying at a very high altitude above his factories – especially his iron and steel workers.

It was an interesting book, nothing terribly salacious or taboo that one usually comes across in regard to the extreme rich. Samuel Clemens wrote of Carnegie, “He thinks savid is a rude, bluff, independent spirit, who writes his mind and thinks his mind with an almost Fourth of July independence, whereas he is really the counterpart of the rest of the human race in that he does not boldly speak his mind except when there isn’t any danger in it.


Had read about the Homestead problem and about his gift of public libraries, but book went far beyond those two areas Inspired by Your Browsing History. Luckily, he was just as interested in giving away his fortune as he was amassing it. Fortunatelly I was completly take by surprise by the quality of the book.

Carnegie was a shrewd businessman. A point not to overlook was carnegue affable personality. However, after reading this biography, I do Read Samuel’s review His dinosaur is still there, and I love that. Nasaw does not know what Carnegie thought of Spencer’s rebuke. Overall, he was a complicated man.

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So, I wonder if Mr Carnegie reciprocated in any way or if even makes any mention of Napoleon Hill at all? Loch Rannoch the Summer of The Self-Made Millionaire’, and that is more than I could ever have asked.

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.

At the dawn of WWI he was incredulous and eventually despondent.