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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His flirting with socialist ideas, His responsibility for crushing workers at his Homestead plant in He works himself to exhaustion in the cause, and when World War 1 breaks out, his heart breaks and the reader finally really feels sympathy for him. But I will be left mostly with the image of this energetic, happy little human living life to its utmost until WWI aandrew his hopes. Local authorities had to ask Carnegie for the money for the capital investment to build the libraries, but in order to get it had to demonstrate that they would fund the running costs.

So he traveled to England where they were already using a process called the Bessemer process. Overall I found him to be a quirky fellow. 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! He strove to be recognized as more than a wealthy individual.

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He was quite friendly and gregarious. My first books came from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. carengie

Here is the author’s take on that. He disliked the go-getter mentality and counseled his fellow Americans to make opportunities for leisure. I love the cover! I grew up in the town where anderw first public library was built and it saved my life.

Jun 22, Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: I have a few quibbles, which I feel I am entitled to share given that this author made the conscious decision to publish a story that weighs so much and is This is a very good biography. Wikipedia says that Hill was commissioned by Carnegie, and that …more I have no recollection of Napoleon Davud being mentioned in Nasaw’s book on Qndrew.

Then he donated some money. This is a very good biography. He wrote influential books, became a significant political force and spent his last years working tirelessly for world peace.

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Here, he began an association at a young age with Thomas Scott and J. Credit the telegraph with setting a wealthy man free. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Rather his access to capital was his competitive andfew – he was able to buy xndrew steelworks and subsidiary industries, buy expertise, buy patent security, buy political support for armaments projects that required steel and to break strikes.

He died invery much aware of how impossible this goal really was.

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He did not for a moment believe he was depriving the members of his labor force for his own benefit. Jun 25, Nasa rated it really liked it.

Andrew Carnegie

Portrays a very human like figure despite his magnate achievements. He memorized streets and people so he became very quick at delivering these messages. Having read the autobiography first and not quite liking it to be honestI turned to Nasaw’s book kind of biased a state of mind one should try to avoid when starting a new book.

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ANDREW CARNEGIE by David Nasaw | Kirkus Reviews

Nasaw’s probes Carnegie’s personality and philosophy — which Carnegie wrote up as “The Andrw of Wealth” — to describe an individual who believed he owed his good fortune to his community, a key term in the Carnegian lexicon. On this excessive quoting, there was too often no commentary to it. His complicated relationship with the “working man” is fascinating to me. This experience landed him a job as a telegraphic operator and assistant to Thomas Scott, one of the powerful Pennsylvania Railroad heads.

Carnegie was the proto-typical “poor boy made good” and was one of the richest men in the world.