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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He could have added context or commentary to bring it all together. He was constantly advising his business associates of the importance of time off — and often would take them on his jaunts all expenses paid for. Carneige father was a handloom weaver who was often out of work. These are all things that Andrew Carnegie possessed.

David Nasaw’s authoritative new biography goes a long way toward answering the question, even if he cannot—perhaps no biographer can—ultimately fathom Carnegie’s complex motives and temperament. Even where evidence is lacking, some rather sharp questions have to be asked of a subject anrdew did so much good while refusing to acknowledge that it arose out of so much questionable philosophy.

No way to square that circle. So you can’t be a hater. Born in Scotland, his family moved to Pennsylvania in the davic century.

Frick endured the sweat and stress and drew the hatred of working men during the infamous company vs labor confrontation at the Homestead mill, while Carnegie enjoyed the profits and gave the impression a wrong one that he was removed from the day to day decisions. Feb 23, Richard rated andrww liked it Shelves: The Great War broke this man’s spirit.

A poor Scottish immigrant, Carnegie impressed a succession of employers with his skills, intelligence and diligence. Quotes from Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie headed for the country’s cultural capital, New York City, as soon as he could break away from commitments in Pittsburgh, where he had begun his rise as a messenger boy and telegraph operator before graduating to Pennsylvania railroad executive positions.


Jan 06, Steven Peterson rated it it was amazing. Carnegie was certainly a complex man and, I find, like most people, he was full of contradictions. Unlike other men of wealth, Carnegie did not preach the virtues of “hard work. Carnegie passionately took up several causes during his l Very long, very interesting, sometimes highly entertaining, and occasionally a bit tedious.

I certainly won’t call him a nice person until we meet on the other side, but until then Nasaw gives an excellent view into the lifestyle of Andrew Carnegie.

nsaaw But the question is misplaced. The book triggered more reading to understand his guiding spirits e. While he claimed that the market should rule, kept the wages of his workforce not a penny higher than that of his non-unionized competitors, and successfully eliminated unions from his factories, he hypocritically approved of the tariff on steel that protected his profits by keeping European competition out of the United States.

Aug 24, Clif rated it it was amazing. One interesting bit is how he was so generous in giving away his fortune, but a total opressive dick to his factory workers.


On his deliveries he met a lot of people. I always had to see it when we went to the library or the museum, and just stared at it with wonder.

May 27, Ryan Knoll rated it did not like it. The Best Laid Schemes I consumed this page biography at home and while traveling in trains and planes. His conscience his fickle relationship with it when it came to his business affairs. Yet he, like all of us, had blind spots. This is true for some of the details about setting the prices of steel, prices for coke, and a number of rather mundane matters. I do not need to repeat what he said.


As steel tycoon he was ruthless and pushed his men to the utmost, showing no compassion or understanding for workers. This is a well written book!

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Okay, I finished, though I freely admit I skimmed many sections to get to the ones I was interested in. This is what Carnegie thought about donating money. Author David Nasaw provides the perfect amount of commentary in this epic account of the fascinating life and times of a tiny 5 feet tall but wonderfully personable man who was a giant of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Dec 22, John rated it it was amazing. It was surprisingly readable for a biography, though I do have to complain about the way that the timeline seemed to jump a bit.

A must read for lateth earlyth century history buffs. At times the information included is excessive. Yet Carnegie earned so much money from interest he barely managed to spend it as quickly as he earned it.

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.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He viewed individual workers as cogs in his economic engine, yet wanted to provide access to information and education to carnegif who worked for him.