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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The dice are doubly thrown when sperm meets egg, first in the combination of genes through heredity, and at the same time in the time at which a life comes into being.

Nonetheless, he was a hard businessman. He was close to his mother then and throughout his life. In fact, Carnegie’s character seems so set in stone from an early age that by his 70s it seems unnecessary to quote numberless letters confirming his personal exuberance and optimism.

Naturally, then, he argued that he should give back what the world had, in effect, bestowed upon him. Then he talked to someone else, and this is exactly what he said. So you can’t be a hater. He worked his way up to telegraph messenger, then telegraph operator. This is what reading it was like: Part of what I am trying to point out is that the guy, who was a millionaire several times over and would be quite ruthless in his business dealings — did not want to unsettle the relationship he had with his mother, by marrying the woman he loved.

Credit the telegraph with setting a wealthy man free. He benefitted tremendously from wartime demands for steel, oil, and other investment returns during the Civil War and the Franco-Prussian war, but he traveled and promoted his peace program in an attempt to prevent world war. To ask other readers questions about Andrew Carnegieplease sign up. Nasaw probe this fatal flaw? But, what was the story between them in full? I grew up in the area so often referred to in the book.


Nasaw does not comment, except to say, “What mattered most was that he be taken seriously as a thinker and author. They finally married inshe was 30 and he was We are the result of our ancestry and also of our time.

Carnegie lived his own Gospel of Wealthaccumulating a fortune and then giving most of it away in his own lifetime. He did not just build libraries, he solidified the public library movement by the requiring that cities tax themselves to maintain the gift. Please provide an email address.


He disliked the go-getter mentality and counseled his fellow Americans to make opportunities for leisure. He applied for and received a messenger job carnegke a busy office.

Yet he, like all of anrrew, had blind spots. It was recommended to me by a very friendly employee at a Barnes and Noble. I am certainly glad to have read this book. At one point the unions succeeded in getting an 8 hour day. He had placed great faith in the idea that the anddrew race would naturally evolve to a place of peaceful resolution of conflict.

But, was that really all? A point not to overlook was his affable personality. Return to Book Page. This is true for some of the details about setting the prices of steel, prices for coke, and a number of rather mundane matters.

Here, he davkd an association at a young age with Thomas Scott and J. For all that he accomplished and came to represent to the American public–a wildly successful businessman and capitalist, a self-educated writer, peace activist, philanthropist, man of letters, lover of culture, and unabashed enthusiast for American democracy and capitalism – Carnegie has remained, to this day, an enigma.


As a little lad every Saturday morning I’d shoulder my green satchel and set off to my naszw library to exchange my borrowed books. He masaw the rest of his life giving away the fortune he had accumulated and crusading for international peace. There he wrote a bunch of letters to important people. It is easy to follow and clear.

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An interpreter would translate the Morse davix into text on sheets of paper. His complicated relationship with the “working man” is fascinating to me. He also andreww from the frenzy to use steel to produce railroad tracks which the U. Long read but I can feel like I ve known this person and his character after the read. Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw.

We follow Andrew Carnegie from a poor family that emigrated from Scotland to the U. The Philanthropist’ or ‘Andrew Carnegie: We are all aware of his philanthropy but here is the man behind the deeds.

When it came to the time of H. 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. So he traveled to England where they were already using a process called the Bessemer process.

So he adroitly turned his energies to the Steel industry. Andrew Carnegie’s life is so damn boring! Nasaw’s illustrates in his redaction of the philosopher: