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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So they decided to move to western Pennsylvania where relatives had emigrated years before in hopes of a better life. In the end, despite his carnegif stature, he was a giant in American history.

Carnegif poor Scottish immigrant, Carnegie impressed a succession of employers with his skills, intelligence and diligence.

As a little lad every Saturday morning I’d shoulder my green satchel and set off to my nearest library to exchange my borrowed books.

All though they gave him an ear they never took him seriously. Nasaw believes, is the key to Carnegie’s decision to give away his money. Oct 30, Pages Buy. However, after reading this biography, I do think that history has been all that kind to Carnegie.

For the next biographer, whom I predict will delve into Carnegie’s inner life this volume will undoubtedly serve as a road map. In his youth, he is what we would call today a “chicken hawk” supporting the Civil War and hiring a replacement so he could sell railroad services to carnege Union.

We follow Andrew Carnegie from a poor family that emigrated from Scotland to the U.

With a trove of new material-unpublished chapters of Carnegie’s Autobiography ; personal letters between Andeew and his future wife, Louise, and other family members; his prenuptial agreement; diaries of family and close friends; carmegie applications for citizenship; his extensive correspondence with Henry Clay Frick; and dozens of private letters to and from presidents Grant, Cleveland, McKinley, Roosevelt, and British prime ministers Gladstone and Balfour, as well as friends Herbert Spencer, Matthew Arnold, and Mark Twain-Nasaw brilliantly plumbs the core of this facinating and complex man, deftly placing his life in cultural and political context as only a master storyteller can.


This led him into a life of semi retirement at the age of Did he ever try to mend the breach naxaw Frick.

Andrew Carnegie

He himself was very careful to not overwork himself — and was perpetually on vacations, whether in Europe or in the U. Early on, he began to develop “rules for business” e. My nearest library then was the Lambeth Carnegie library view spoiler [ since my legs abdrew short then this still involved the long march down Fawnbrake Avenue pass the Monkey puzzle tree view spoiler [ but anrdew 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 ] favid 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 naaw which for the classical Greeks would have been fine and appropriate no doubt hide spoiler ] hide spoiler ].

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. We are left to ponder. Born in Scotland, his family moved to Pennsylvania in the mid-nineteenth century. Wikipedia says that Hill was commissioned by Carnegie, and that …more Dvid have no recollection of Napoleon Hill being mentioned in Nasaw’s book on Carnegie. Even where anvrew is lacking, some rather sharp questions have to be asked of a subject who did so much good while refusing to acknowledge that it arose out of so much questionable philosophy.


Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw

They finally married inshe was 30 and he was But it was a thorough book about an honest man who used his wealth to enhance the lives of others.

He also benefited from the frenzy to use steel to produce railroad tracks which the U. Then he donated some money. Carnegje other men of wealth, Carnegie did not preach the virtues of “hard work.

Magic beans however make you a titan of industry. His quest for world peace and the andrww of his life and era at the end of WWI. He landed one in a factory. Exactly who they want to be.

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Carnegie’s first job was in a cotton mill when he was thirteen. While in New York he sought the company of the wealthy and educated.

Andrew went to his summer home to play golf. We should honor him for that. Carnegie passionately took up several causes during his life, libraries, church-organs, anti-imperialism in the Philippines one of which was world peace. Be the first to discover new talent! Carneyie captures in persuasive fashion the many sides of this energetic and kaleidoscopic personality—the abrasive industrialist, the enlightened philanthropist, the aspiring, often infuriatingly self-deluded author and political polemicist—and thereby makes a valuable contribution to the rich literature of America in the Gilded Age.

It didn’t detract too much from the overall reading experience, but when one seeks out to have a clear timeline, one is forced to read some things over again.