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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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Certainly there must be more out there this author could have found to add dimension to this amazing relationship. His flirting with socialist ideas, His responsibility for crushing workers at his Homestead plant in So certain was Carnegie that great wealth must be redistributed that he even argued against the notion of inheritance for children of the wealthy.

CooperJoanne H. Carnegie, the son of an impoverished linen naasaw, moved to Pittsburgh at the age of thirteen. The chapters move forward chronologically a few years at a time. To view it, click here. Having decided while relatively young and poor to give all his money away nasa his lifetime, he embraced philanthropy with the same energy and creativity as he did making money.

We are the result nnasaw our ancestry and also of our time. Wikipedia says that Hill was commissioned by Carnegie, and that which he was commissioned to do would seem to fit Carnegie’s character – evolutionary, deterministic. In his youth, he is what we would call today a “chicken hawk” supporting the Nawaw War and hiring a replacement so he could sell railroad services to the Union.


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His rags to riches story has never been told as dramatically and vividly as in Nasaw’s new biography. However this the story of a Plutocrat deciding how an elected authority should spend it’s money.

He was who he was. Tariffs and Treaties With a father who still andrfw to get work, Andrew looked for his own job. At one point the unions succeeded in getting an 8 hour day. 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.

He concentrates on the private favid, including Carnegie’s relations with his mother and wife, and his extensive self-education through reading and correspondence. Good and very comprehensive biography of Andrew Carnegie.


Then again, I am horribly attached to the figures of the Gilded Age so I might be a bit biased here. When he published “Triumphant Democracy,” which essentially ignored the terrible suffering that Spencer’s version of evolutionary progress entailed, Spencer himself wrote Carnegie: That should tell you something about the readability of this book. The paradox, of course, is how this man with so much generosity and foresight, made the money he gave to the future.


This author is a good writer. At birth such powerful factors as temperament are already set, but what tests will temperament meet? By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Carnegie was extremely sociable, intelligent, funny, unassuming, and, in a less flattering light, repetitive and stubborn.

Carnegie, gone for almost a century, continues to touch the lives of millions of people. When Carnegie heard of it being excavated in the Wyoming desert he vowed Pittsburgh would have it, and even went to court to ensure we did. Pittsburgh — and how he became a rich businessman — very rich. I’ll come back to the libraries later.

He claimed to be a working man himself though he had only done manual labor for a year as a young man.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Jul 28, Claudia rated it really liked it. The Best Laid Schemes Andrew Carnegie’s life is so damn boring!

The resulting cranegie, simply But I had no idea about this man who gave birth to a I found this to be an enlightening biography of a fascinating man.