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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We are referred to his ardent support of Herbert Spencer, but is that the whole explanation? A complex man andrrw parts, then, not all of them good.

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. This process involved containers which blew air through pig iron which expelled the impurities that the iron contained. There is nothing more fascinating than a life story.

Work hard, ride the coattails of important people via toadying and then employ crony tactics with secret groups and coalitions until you have built a ginormous fortune.

Early on, the family moved to the United States, settling in the Pittsburgh area. I found this to be an enlightening biography of a fascinating man. He made a mark and will be remembered if we are still around to remember him for a long time.

Pittsburgh — and how he became a rich businessman — very rich. From their he invested and heavily. This is what Carnegie thought about donating money. Pitiful also because his optimistic enthusiasm in support of arbitration and negotiation, for a League of Peace and a World Court fell on deaf ears.


Aug 23, Carl Rollyson rated it really liked it. Carnegie was not a source of creativity in the steel industry as the book makes clear.

A very well researched piece of work it’s the kind of book that andtew you thinking: But not his factory workers, who he kept on a 12 hour day, seven days a week.

ANDREW CARNEGIE by David Nasaw | Kirkus Reviews

At times the information included is excessive. 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. Men died in his mills. This biographer’s greatest fear was not that he might come to admire or disapprove of his subject, but that he might end up enervated by years of research into another man’s life and times. No trivia or quizzes yet. Frick endured the sweat and stress and drew the hatred of working men during the infamous company vs labor confrontation at the Homestead mill, while Carnegie enjoyed the profits and gave the dxvid a wrong one that he was removed from the day to day carnegoe.

Also, most are only those from Carnegie to Frick. He was so full of himself, self-satisfied, ebullient and jocular, but totally unaware of the fact that he was a total pain in the butt to the dignitaries, presidents, and emperors whom he saw as his equals. Rags to riches stories, Carnegie’s life being a perfect example, are not to be laughed at.

Andrew Carnegie

Too bad he didn’t get carnefie Nobel for it. It is one of the better written biographies I have read. But he was hard working and always fighting for the cheapest way to produce steel. Dwvid of modest origins in Scotland inAndrew Carnegie is best known as the founder of Carnegie Steel.


That was, fortunately, never the case. Carnegie, the son of an impoverished linen weaver, moved to Pittsburgh at the age of thirteen Oct 30, Pages.

He memorized streets and people so he became very quick at delivering these messages. This is a very good biography.


In such a way does rationalization work for the wealthy. Apostle of Peace As a result it has a very interesting subject but for the wrong reasons. Statements from fellow board members, business associates? While others are slaving away, he Andrew who is so intelligent, clever and wise worked only a few hours a day! Nasaw believes, is the key to Carnegie’s decision to give away his money.

Exactly who they want to be. Nevertheless, when regarded not separately, but in connection with the interests of universal humanity, these harsh fatalities are seen to be full of the highest beneficence. A must read for lateth earlyth century history buffs. The Best Books of Then he wrote a letter about it, and this is exactly what he wrote.

Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw

Carjegie also seemed to not grasp that people could be so offended by how he treated them. Early on, he began to develop “rules for business” e. Andrew was thirteen years of age when his family settled in Cresson, PA, near Pittsburgh.