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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I grew up in the area so often referred to in the book.
He spent the rest of his life giving away the fortune he had accumulated and crusading for international peace. He spent a carjegie chunk of his time traveling in Europe as well as selling bonds there.
His life was pretty darned interesting, and there were moments where I was like “oh okay, that’s interesting. In the end, despite his diminutive stature, he was a giant in American history. May 27, Ryan Knoll rated it did not like it. At one point dvaid unions succeeded in getting an 8 hour day. Nasaw probe this fatal flaw? This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Here is the author’s take on cadnegie.
Until then, his goal was to grow his company and thereby the community that would in turn prosper and come around to tighten standards on the capitalists where he veered from pure Spencer.
I certainly won’t call him a nice person until we meet on the other side, but until then Nasaw gives an excellent view into the lifestyle of Andrew Carnegie.
In it, Mr Hill mentions that this book and other authored by him came into existence thanks to the ideas and proding of his personal friend Andrew Carnegie.
He also benefited from the frenzy to use steel to produce railroad tracks which the U. Jul 28, Claudia rated it really liked it. There is nothing more fascinating than a life story. But the ebullient Carnegie — one associate called him the happiest man he had ever met — had literary aspirations and quoted Shakespeare liberally.
It appeared that elected leaders gave him access to promote his ideas, yet took advantage of his generosity and laughed carneggie him behind his back.
It kind of ran out of steam for me after he retired from the steel business to focus on his philanthropy, especially the world peace bit. And with this he accomplished the final, and to his mind, the most important goal he had set himself.
I am consistently fascinated by this era in American history. Nasaw makes some sense out of the contradictions, but describes a man who seems too small to play the public hasaw.
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David Nasaw is an American author, biographer and historian who specializes in the cultural and social history of early 20th Century America. There he wrote a bunch of letters to important people.
Jun 01, Mary Pressman rated it really liked it.
Most of these communications are quoted verbatim. The father having little ambition and the family meagre income, Andrew, being the oldest son, began work as a bobbin boy. View all 13 comments.
Both Andrew and his mother had higher visions and plans. Early on, he began to develop “rules for business” e.
Also, I found myself longing for less quotes. Even where evidence anddrew lacking, some rather sharp questions have to be asked of a subject who did so much good while refusing to acknowledge that it arose out of so much questionable philosophy.
I’m also remember that, no matter one’s background, a being finds success by simply being Many will pass it up for its length, but for another group, it will be a must read and keep. Frick assuming head of Carnegie Steel and other Carnegie businesses, the narrative moves overwhelmingly to written exchanges between the two. We should honor andreq for that.
He also earned a promotion to superintendent of the Pennsylvania Railroad. His Carnegie Steel Company dominated its industry, as well as railroad and skyscraper construction, for decades.
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