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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In fact, Carnegie’s andreew seems so set in stone from an early age that by his 70s it seems unnecessary to quote numberless letters confirming his personal exuberance and optimism. David Nasaw has produced the most thorough, accurate and authoritative biography of Carnegie to date. Almost a self thought grandmaster chess player in business.

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So many issues and constant problems thru his business, but when retired and worry free he slumped into slight depression, evident that problems are a sign of life.

His conscience his fickle relationship with it when it came to carneie business affairs. He had my trust throughout this book. He amassed so much money, some of which came on the backs of breaking unions, paying employees starvation wages while his company and he made in today dollars billions of dollars a year in profit. If you want to see the results of the town with the mills gone or operating very lightly, read the article in May’s Rolling Stone “The mayor o I had no idea how integral Carnegie was in building the infrastructure of America.

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TR too took his money and heaped praise, but behind his back referred to “the male shrieking sisterhood of Carnegies. Mother and daughter are of interest, since, the philanthropy carnrgie their lives on a different course than their financial peers. What is the explanation for the hold she had on him? It appeared that elected leaders gave him access to promote his ideas, yet took advantage of his generosity and laughed at him behind his back.

Naturally, then, he argued that he should give back what the world had, in effect, bestowed upon him. I am certainly glad to have read this book. Seven hundred and eighty-some pages later, I am now intimately familiar with the man, and naswa, behind Carnegie Steel and one of the largest philanthropic undertakings of modern mankind.



My nearest library then was the Lambeth Carnegie library view spoiler [ since my legs were short then this still involved the long march down Fawnbrake Avenue pass the Monkey puzzle tree view spoiler [ but since Nationalists didn’t control the intersections during daylight hours it was safe enough view spoiler [ at night perhaps the Kuomintang reestablished control over strategic waypoints on the path to the library – it was hard to know – at the time I’d have been in bed with the bed lamp on reading library books hide spoiler ] hide spoiler ] hide spoiler ] endowed by the subject of this book and still standing in red brick and yellow stone view spoiler [ although I think it is no longer a library but instead a contentious local issue and potentially on the way to becoming a gymnasium or something view spoiler [ which for the classical Greeks would have been fine and appropriate no doubt hide spoiler ] hide spoiler ].

Related Links Contact us about speaking engagements with David Nasaw. That should tell you something about the readability of this book. Reading between the lines the nature of 19th century capitalism is clear – access to capital is everything. There is much to admire in his story, but there is much to be disgusted by as well.

But biography ought to reflect carnegif not available to the subject. A very well researched piece of work it’s the kind of book that leaves you thinking: He spent the rest of his life giving away the fortune he had accumulated and crusading for international peace.

Andrew received tremendous dividend payments from these investments.

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Many will pass it up for its length, but for another group, it will be a must read and keep. Carnegie made wise investments in the future. Nasaw, davjd won a Bancroft Prize for The Chiefa bio of William Randolph Hearst, has uncovered important new material among Carnegie’s papers and letters written to others, but comes no closer than previous biographers to explaining how such an ordinary-seeming person could achieve so much and embody such contradictions.


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He was startled by the bustling cities activity and almost instantly saw the great potential of his new home. The Self-Made Millionaire’, and that is more than I could ever have asked. Carnegie was an overly confident man that had his already ample ego augmented by a lot of money.

I remember the first time I heard about the Homestead strike when my dad was driving past the property where the mill once stood now a giant strip mall and more complextold me everything a six year old girl could understand about that strike and the Pinkertons, and the deaths. The book illustrates the ambitions of Carnegie to be more than an industrial baron. We are all aware of his philanthropy but here is the man behind the deeds. Nasaw explains how Carnegie made his early fortune and what prompted him to give it all away, how he was drawn into the campaign first against American involvement in the Spanish-American War and then for international peace, and how he used his friendships with presidents and prime ministers to try to pull the world back from the brink of disaster.

His goal in life to make as much money as possible so he could return it to the poor is blind to the fact that what a worker wants is not a gift or an endowment or access to a library, but decent wages enabling adequate living standards!

When JP Morgan bought out Carnegie Steel inabsorbing it into US Steel, Carnegie found himself the owner of hundreds of millions of dollars in gold bonds that he then used to finance every philanthropic pursuit imaginable.

Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw

In the seventh paragraph of his last will and testament, Carnegie directed that it be bequeathed, in its entirety, to the Carnegie Corporation. I found this book to be a fascinating look into a time in our country that tended to be glossed over in my school time history classes. Interestingly he also believed that wealth should not be inherited andrww that it should be given away or otherwise to be taxed by the naxaw.