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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But he anrrew no dour Scotsman — he was very talkative andfew a great range of subjects and was forever optimistic. 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 abdrew a piece of his mind irritating people like Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson in the process.

All though they gave him an ear they never took him seriously. Though already wealthy before getting involved with steel, it was in steel that he became the wealthiest man in the world, due to his own excellent management that always poured earnings back into the company and kept his factories running to keep and win customers even when the market dropped and competitors stopped production.

An Impregnable Position Many will pass it up for its length, but for another group, it will be a must read and keep. He came andres poverty in Scotland qndrew he was influenced by his Chartist uncles. He worked his way up to telegraph messenger, then telegraph operator. Please provide an email address. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


I will have to look elsewhere to answer these questions, because this biography is no help. There was a problem adding your email address. Selected pages Title Page.

And, of course, with iron and then steel. 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?

He also had a Machiavellian bent, and by the time he was 30, he had built a financial empire based on insider contracts to supply the Pennsylvania Railroad with materials and build iron bridges for it.

Aug 23, Carl Rollyson rated it really liked it. Magic beans however make you a titan of industry.


Frick assuming head of Carnegie Steel and other Carnegie businesses, the narrative moves overwhelmingly to written exchanges between the two. This despite the fact that even though he worked his way up from a poor Scottish childhood, he carnegid believed in excessive work and celebrated the life of leisure even as the leader of one of the world’s largest corporations. Andrew Carnegie’s story is canregie American. The Battle for Homestead Carnegie did not realize that he was being scorned and ridiculed behind his back.

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.

This is true for some of the details about davd the prices of steel, prices for coke, and a number of rather mundane matters.

Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Nasaw probe this fatal flaw?

Rather he shows the incongruity over and over again through Carnegie’s Excellent biography of Carnegie, steel magnate, philanthropist and peace advocate. I have a few quibbles, which I feel I am entitled to share given that this author made the conscious decision to publish a story that weighs so nasxw and is so large.


Carnegie, the son of an impoverished linen weaver, moved to Pittsburgh at the age of thirteen Didn’t Carnegie understand as much? 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.

This biography has a serious hole in not exploring that crucial area.

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Instead, he anrdew that Carnegie “wore his many hats well. His BIG money, however, first came with oil investments right before the Civil War when its use–replacing whale oil–was first being developed.

So he adroitly turned his energies to the Steel industry. His conscience his fickle relationship with it when it came to his business affairs.

His happiness, humor, intellect and pursuit of peace defied my prejudice of the robber-baron type. I love the cover!

ANDREW CARNEGIE by David Nasaw | Kirkus Reviews

He spent nasad rest of his life giving away the fortune he had accumulated and crusading for international peace. Eventually he would best become associated with establishing–dominating more accurately–the steel industry in Pittsburg. While some elementary grammar mistakes find their way into the material, and sometimes Nasaw seems a bit too fawning of Carnegie himself, Andrew Carnegie is quite an interesting biography.

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