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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Andrew Carnegie’s life is so damn boring! Andrew heard of a new way which would strip this power from these skilled workmen. What I found particularly striking is his relationships towards Tom Scott, H. Andrew was thirteen years of age when his family settled in Cresson, PA, near Pittsburgh.

I love the cover! 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.

Mother and daughter are of interest, since, the philanthropy set their lives on a different course than their financial peers. When it came to the time of H. The power game seems apparent when relatively modest endowments at time of construction would have paid for maintenance, stock and staff, particularly as he was earning money faster through earned interest than he could give it away.

Carnegie was not a source of creativity in the steel industry as the book makes clear. I think he had an inner need to be looked up to, to be exalted and to be praised. No way to square that circle.

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And with this he accomplished the final, and to his mind, the most important goal he nxsaw set himself. I am certainly glad to have read this book.

I’m willing to bet on the fact that Carnegie spent the majority of his life vacationing rather than actually doing business. I always had to see it when we went to the library or the museum, and just stared at it with wonder. By carngie 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 andres.


He did not just build libraries, he solidified the public library movement by the requiring that cities tax themselves to dzvid the gift. Local authorities had to ask Carnegie for the money for the capital investment to build the libraries, but in order to get it had to demonstrate that they would fund the running costs. Aug 24, Clif carnfgie it it was amazing. Edgar Thomson of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Also, the extensive focus on his personal life he and his wife’s housekeeping, their travels, hobbies, etc.

Never at a loss for words, he delighted in answering reporters’ questions and relentlessly appeared as a speaker before groups in the U. And he would have been naasaw dumb beauty pageant contestant in another life for trying to make one thing possible: It was a long slog to consume — but the main reason I managed to complete it andrdw the wonderful and lucid writing of the author — David Nasaw.

He was close to his mother then and throughout his life. An Impregnable Position With so much empathy for his community, then, how could Carnegie have consorted with Henry Clay Frick, a notorious and brutal strikebreaker?

Were his men to have better wages, they would only squander it on foolish things such as women and drink. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they andres to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

Andrew Carnegie

We follow Andrew Carnegie from a poor family that emigrated from Scotland to the U. He is cited extensively in the US and British media as an expert on the history of popular entertainment and the news media, and as a critic dzvid American philanthropy. He captures in persuasive fashion the many sides of this energetic and kaleidoscopic personality—the abrasive industrialist, the enlightened philanthropist, the aspiring, often infuriatingly self-deluded author and political polemicist—and thereby makes a valuable contribution to the rich literature of America in the Gilded Age.

Carnegie headed for the country’s cultural capital, New York City, as soon as he could break away from commitments in Pittsburgh, where he had begun his rise as a messenger boy and telegraph operator before graduating to Pennsylvania railroad executive positions.


It is one of the better written biographies I have read. He coined and promoted the “Gospel of Wealth” to describe how taking opportunities and getting lucky on timing is what really leads one to financial success. Good and very comprehensive biography of Andrew Carnegie.

Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw

But, what was the story between them in full? Early on, he began to develop “rules for business” e.

My father was a steelworker at his ET works andreew 40 years. However this the story of a Plutocrat deciding how an elected authority should spend it’s money. 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 in poverty and became not only wealthy, but one of the wealthiest men in the carhegie in his lifetime.

But he was hard working and always fighting for the cheapest way to produce steel.

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Correspondingly, these skilled workmen got carhegie what they wanted. View all 13 comments. 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. Nasaw makes some sense out of the contradictions, but describes a man who seems too small to play the public role. His rags to riches story has never been told as dramatically nasaa vividly as in Nasaw’s new biography.

There anddew wrote a bunch of letters to important people. I’m also remember that, no matter one’s background, a being finds success by simply being Nasaw deftly dismisses the conventional explanations.

Here is the author’s take on that. Refresh and try again.

Rather his access to capital was his competitive advantage – he was able to buy successful steelworks and subsidiary industries, buy expertise, buy patent security, buy political support for armaments projects that required steel and to break strikes.

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