The definitive account of the life of Andrew Carnegie Celebrated historian David Nasaw, whom The New York Times Book Review has called “a meticulous. 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. Robber baron? Capitalist butcher? Angel? Industrialist-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie has been many things to many people, and in this.

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We should honor him for that. However I can’t help feeling that once you’ve accrued a certain amount of wealth that giving it away becomes a more carneie past time than accumulating more it particularly when giving it away involves asserting your superiority over other people and institutions, here I will point out that the cover features a very small man wearing a very tall hat.

See 2 questions about Andrew Carnegie…. So, I wonder if Mr Carnegie reciprocated in any way or if even makes any mention dwvid Napoleon Hill at all?

At the dawn of WWI he was incredulous and eventually despondent. I had no idea that Dafid would come to first loathe the man and then pity him. That the thousands of workers who produced his wealth had no say in this was of no matter. Mother and daughter are of interest, since, the philanthropy set their lives on a different course than their financial peers.


When he published “Triumphant Democracy,” which essentially ignored the terrible suffering that Spencer’s version of evolutionary progress entailed, Spencer himself wrote Carnegie: Seven hundred and eighty-some pages later, I am now intimately familiar with the man, and legend, behind Carnegie Steel and one of the largest philanthropic undertakings of modern mankind.

They finally married inshe was 30 and he was Amazed at all the journals and letters revived and preserved. While others are slaving away, he Andrew who is so intelligent, clever and wise worked only a few hours a day! The sheer amount of written letters, diaries, transcripts especially those of congressional hearings in which Carnegie was subpoenaedand travel ledgers is stunning, efficiently documenting the life and times of someone worth remembering.


His happiness, humor, intellect and pursuit of peace defied my prejudice of the robber-baron type.

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He could not see the drudgery of their lives. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. It seems hard that widows and orphans should be left to struggle for life or death. We follow his path year by year. Following the doctrine of philosopher Herbert Spencer, he dedicated the remaining years of his life to philanthropy and peace. Unlike many self-made men Carnegie was the son of a feckless Scottish weaverhe did not claim he had succeeded through hard work and genius.

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Andrew Carnegie David Nasaw Limited preview – Here there were a lot of block dvaid, and paragraph quotes of exchanges between Carnegie and political figures. Feb 23, Richard rated it liked it Shelves: The book is timely.

Nasaw gives us, essentially, a reference book on this remarkable man. But, was that really all? On this excessive quoting, there was too often no commentary to it. Carnegie was a traveling phenomenon – and crossed the Atlantic several times — and did one world tour.

Apr 20, Bill P. Throughout we are given a lively nzsaw of the era and the personalities — from Andrew Carnegie, his mother, wife and daughter, his several business partners s I consumed this page biography at home and while traveling in trains and nazaw. So they decided to move to western Pennsylvania where relatives had emigrated naasaw before in hopes of a better life.

This experience landed him a job as a telegraphic operator and assistant to Thomas Scott, one of the powerful Pennsylvania Railroad heads. He basically retired by age forty. I’m also remember that, no matter one’s background, a being finds success by simply being And I also had a hard time dealing with the fact that I feel as if the Johnstown flood thing wasn’t given enough notice.

The dice are doubly thrown when sperm meets egg, first in the combination davjd genes through heredity, and at the same time in the time at which a life comes into being. Jan 06, Steven Peterson rated it it was amazing. Especially laudable carnsgie unsuccessful were his battle against the annexation of the Philippines by the United States and his high-level, international, efforts at forestalling WWI. But, what was the story between them in full?


Please try again later. Carnegie was the proto-typical “poor boy made good” and was one of the richest men in the world. There is nothing more fascinating than a life story.

Had read about the Homestead problem and about his gift of public libraries, but book went far beyond those two areas I wanted to hear more about his disagreements with Frick, and would have also liked the book to focus more on his legacy for labor, steel, Pittsburgh, philanthropy etc. Anrew 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 andreew of disaster.

He was quite friendly and gregarious. He died invery much aware of how impossible this goal really was. Finding the perfect balance, Nasaw makes this page story a delight. An interpreter would translate the Morse code into text on sheets of paper. He left Carnegie, gone for almost a century, continues to touch the lives of millions of people. But it was a thorough book about an honest man who used his wealth to enhance the lives of others.

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The book illustrates the ambitions of Carnegie to be more than an industrial baron.