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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Mar 04, Frank Stein rated it liked it. Carnegie always seemed to be flying at a very high altitude above his factories – especially his iron and steel workers.

They arose out of the community that fostered their efforts. Nasaw dubs carneggie capitalism” formed the basis of Carnegie’s success. Carnegie andres wise investments in the future. At birth such powerful factors as temperament are already set, but what tests will temperament meet?

He left Carnegie, gone for almost a century, continues to touch the lives of millions of people. In the end, despite his diminutive stature, he was a giant in American history.


His desire later in life to do good for the world. Bowed, Carnegie devoted canegie to philanthropy, endowing libraries and scientific institutions and pursuing anti-imperialist and pacifist causes, very unlike most of his fellow Republicans—from whom he pointedly split.

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Andrew Carnegie’s life is so damn boring! Many will pass it up for its length, but for another group, it will be a must read and keep. He often said he was lucky. He understood that steel was about to become a major U. This biography has a serious hole in not exploring that crucial area. The highest praise I can offer Andrew Carnegie is to profess that, after these many years of research and writing, I find him one of the most fascinating men I have encountered, a man who was many things in his long life, but never boring.


Andrew Carnegie Is not your normal person.

He made a mark and will be remembered if we are still around to remember him for a long time. While in New York he sought the company of the wealthy and educated. It’s been said of some wealthy people that, were their source of wealth to be eliminated, they would soon be back in the money from another source.

Organizations founded by his generosity continue to do good work to this day.

Did he ever try to mend the breach with Frick. To ask nassaw readers questions about Andrew Carnegieplease sign up. His BIG money, however, first came with oil investments right before the Civil War when its use–replacing whale oil–was first being developed. Any biography needs a well informed author to intercede in her reporting of events to provide background, allowing the carnegei to fully appreciate the significance of whatever event in a life is being described.

Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw

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.


A quarter of the way in, I davie up listening to it exclusively at the gym so I could get through it an hour at a time and not care if I’m not really paying much attention. In this position, he learned all about the Rail Road. It is more troubling to think that the money was generated through the long working hours and low wages of his employees and that he didn’t invest in libraries in those communities where possibly the children of those employees could have studied, improved themselves and escaped poverty or made more of a contribution to the economy.

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But the question is misplaced. Want to Read saving…. Here is the author’s take on that.

The audiobook is narrated by Grover Gardner. May 27, Ryan Knoll rated it did not like it. He uncharacteristically wrote articles in support of unions. The book is timely. Looking for More Great Reads? One interesting bit is how he was so generous in giving away his fortune, but a total opressive dick to his factory workers.

He formed lasting friendships easily, mostly with men. nasaq

However this the story of a Plutocrat deciding how an elected authority should spend it’s money.

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