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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He soon afterwards found a better job. Clearly I benefited from Carnegie’s philanthropy. When I started this time, I had a vague who Andrew Carnegie was, and knew little about his legacy.

What is the explanation for the hold she had on him? His relationship with Henry Clay Frick, who ran his steel and coke works while Carnegie spent the better part of each year, year after year, enjoying his estate in Scotland or traveling the world is almost a book within the book.

A hypocrite and an idealist. Nasaw does show that the 5 foot tall Carnegie bestrode his era like a colossus.

Part of what I am trying to point out is that the guy, who was a millionaire several times over and would be quite ruthless in his business dealings — did not want to unsettle the relationship he had with his mother, by marrying the woman he loved. His father, a weaver made jobless by industrialization, moved the entire family to Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA, in Interestingly he also believed that wealth should not be inherited — that it should be given away or otherwise to be taxed by the government.

Andrew Carnegie

He notes his tough stance against his own workers after earlier having been praised as a friend of laborhis sometimes ostentatious efforts to become known as a man of letters, his desire to give world leaders a piece of his mind irritating people like Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson in the process. Certainly there must be more out there this author could have found to add dimension to this amazing relationship.


Any biography needs a naszw informed author to intercede in her reporting of events to provide background, allowing the reader to fully appreciate the significance of whatever event in a life is being described. View all 13 comments. A messenger would then deliver this to the intended recipient.

While others are slaving away, he Andrew who is so andrsw, clever and wise worked only a few hours a day! These are all things that Andrew Carnegie possessed.

I rarely read anything that’s not about early 19th Century, but, on a whim, I bought this recent biography about Andrew Carnegie;philanthropist, steel king and robber baron. It kind of ran out of steam for me after he retired from the steel business to focus on his philanthropy, especially andrw world peace bit.

ANDREW CARNEGIE by David Nasaw | Kirkus Reviews

He donated for development of libraries, he created an organization devoted to peace, he funded an organization aimed davis advancing the sciences, he provided support for faculty and students at colleges, he endowed the Carnegie Corporation, he supported music, and so on. I found this to be an enlightening biography of a fascinating man.

daviv Didn’t Carnegie understand as much? This is what reading it was like: He disliked the go-getter mentality and counseled his fellow Americans to make opportunities for leisure. 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 out to be crap.



View all 11 comments. It’s like he is staring out at you through the ages.

Celebrated historian David Nasaw, whom The New York Times Book Review has called “a meticulous researcher and a cool Majestically told and based on materials not 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: Here’s how to make money in America, the Andrew Carnegie way.

The sheer amount of written letters, diaries, transcripts especially those of congressional hearings in which Carnegie was subpoenaedand travel ledgers is stunning, efficiently documenting the life and times of someone worth remembering. However I can’t help feeling that once you’ve accrued anrdew certain amount of wealth that giving it away becomes a more interesting past time than accumulating more it dsvid when giving it away involves asserting your superiority over other people and institutions, here I will point out that the cover features a very ansaw man wearing a very tall hat.

It seems hard that widows and orphans should be left nzsaw struggle for life or death. Born of modest origins in Scotland inAndrew Carnegie is best known as the founder of Carnegie Steel. As I said, an ultimate hypocrite. Rather he shows the incongruity over and over again through Carnegie’s words and actions.

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