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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At times the information included is excessive. Carnegie lived his own Gospel of Wealthaccumulating a fortune and then giving most of it away in his own lifetime. He renders Carnegie a villain, sure; but also, and mainly, an ass.

Apr 02, Michael Gerald rated it liked it. That the thousands of workers who produced his wealth had no say in this was of no matter. This is true for some of the details about setting the prices of steel, prices for coke, and a number of rather mundane matters. The Battle for Homestead Well known as a philanthropist, he gave away much of his fortune.

This is, in part, because nothing happened. Many quotes are provided both about Carnegie and by him. But his intellect helped launch him into a promotion as the telegraphic operator, interpreting Morse coded messages.

Nasaw deftly dismisses the conventional carbegie.

Andrew Carnegie

While the buildings today are all but obsolete for library service, one wonders how this institution might have developed without his initial impetus. We studied all the wars and did not focus much on the amazing growth of the American industrial sector after the civil war. They all took his money, exchanged fawning correspondence with zndrew, and then made fun of him behind his back.


Portrays a very human like figure despite his magnate achievements. One error, writing that “Carnegie was delighted with Roosevelt’s election in “, did not diminish this otherwise meticulously researched history of a very complicated man. We see what he does, how he acts and what he says, year by year.

He lacked nothing, enjoyed almost every day and was appreciated not only by the many people he befriended but also by the public at large.

Hardcoverpages. During canegie many pages when I am just reading quotation paragraph followed by Block quote, I would have liked more interjections from this author. On his deliveries he met a lot of people. There is nothing more fascinating than a life story. Yet he, like all of us, had blind spots.

Jul 28, Claudia rated it really liked it. A point not to overlook was his affable personality. So he traveled to England where they were already using a process called the Bessemer process. The UN is following in his spirit. While Peter Krass’s Carnegie and Carnegie’s own autobiography are more exciting to read and do more to explain his place in history, they also leave the man an enigma.

His BIG money, however, first came with oil investments right before the Civil War when its use–replacing whale oil–was first being developed. In such a way does rationalization work for the wealthy. Hard work and application make a Frick though he got shot for his efforts along the way.


It was recommended to me by a very friendly employee at a Barnes and Noble. In the end, despite his diminutive stature, he was a giant in American history.

Certainly there must be more out there this author could have found to add dimension to this amazing relationship. Would the great people of one century be great if they were born in another? I liked this book, but there were times andres the middle when I wondered if it would ever get done.


Nasaw’s illustrates in his redaction of the philosopher: The Life of William Randolph Hearstdoes brilliant work in bringing the man to life. Even where evidence is lacking, some rather sharp questions have to be asked of a subject who did so much good while refusing to acknowledge carnegei it arose out of so much questionable philosophy.

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Back in the days of the good ole boys where there were no laws for insider trading. Overall I found him to be a quirky fellow.

At one point the unions succeeded in getting an 8 hour day. While his employees worked 12 hour days probably his manager Frick too in industrial heat, he enjoyed a 4 hour day when he worked. Just a moment while we sign you in to carndgie Goodreads account. In this position, he learned all about the Rail Road. Andrew Carnegie David Nasaw Snippet view – While my lasting impression of the history channel series was that it deserved very low marks, they also used Donald Trump as one of their modern day talking heads, that alone disqualifies the series as any naswa review of history David Nasaw’s book was pretty exhaustive in his coverage of Carnegie’s life.

I certainly won’t call him a nice person until andrea meet on the other side, but until then Nasaw gives an excellent view into the lifestyle of Andrew Carnegie. Good and very comprehensive biography of Andrew Carnegie. Wonderful I thought, so glad I picked it up.