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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Jun 25, Tony rated it really liked it. Almost a self thought grandmaster chess player in business.

Apr 20, Bill P. Carnegie was an overly confident man that had his already ample ego augmented by a lot of money. What is the cause of this?

Andrew Carnegie

Jul 28, Claudia rated it really liked it. A hour day in a steel mill hardly encourages one to head to the library after work. He was a philanthropist, donating funds particularly for public libraries and theaters with the idea that high culture and learnedness should be offered to the lower classes for free that they might benefit therefrom. I’m sorry to say that I was looking forward to Andrew Carnegie’s death. His happiness, humor, intellect and pursuit of peace defied my prejudice of the robber-baron type.

Two of his main philanthropic projects were the building of numerous libraries throughout the world and providing needed organs to many churches. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This is what Carnegie thought about donating money. In it, Mr Hill mentions that this book and other authored by him came into existence thanks to the ideas and proding of his personal friend Andrew Carnegie.

But the ebullient Carnegie — one associate called him the happiest man he had ever met — had literary aspirations and quoted Shakespeare liberally.


Aug 23, Carl Rollyson rated it really liked it. Even at the height of his involvement in business, Carnegie rarely spent a full day in his office.

When Carnegie heard of it being excavated in the Wyoming desert he vowed Pittsburgh would have it, and even went to court to ensure we did. We all have to do it just to survive, but when the environment perfectly suits the personality, anything is possible. His one huge goal however was to establish World peace.


Interestingly he also believed that wealth should not be inherited — that it should be given away or otherwise to be taxed by the government.

ANDREW CARNEGIE by David Nasaw | Kirkus Reviews

There are few areas of modern life that his davjd did not touch. I found it very inspirational. On his deliveries he met a lot of people. This author is a good writer. Nasaw does not comment, except to say, “What mattered most was that he be taken seriously as a thinker and author. What was it that induced Carnegie while still young to give away his riches? Carnegie passionately took up several causes during his l Very long, very interesting, sometimes highly entertaining, and occasionally a bit tedious.

He left all his money to charity and more than almost anyone else on this earth did good with his gifts.

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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. So they decided to move to western Pennsylvania where relatives had emigrated years before in hopes of a better life.

An exhausting biography of one of the titans of American industry, a billionaire who made his fortune on the backs of the toil of his workers he exploited, but also one who opposed his country’s dalliance with imperialism. He notes his tough stance against his own workers after earlier having been praised as a friend of laborhis sometimes ostentatious efforts to become known as a man of letters, his desire to give world leaders a piece of his mind irritating people like Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson in the process.

This experience landed him a job as a telegraphic operator and assistant to Thomas Scott, one of the powerful Pennsylvania Railroad heads. Both Andrew and his mother had higher visions and plans. The embodiment of the American dream, he pulled himself up from bobbin boy in a cotton factory to become the richest man in the world.

They all took his money, exchanged fawning correspondence with him, and then made fun of him behind his back. I’m sorry, I just couldn’t finish this book.


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.

Jun 22, Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: By the late s, early s when I was going to the library I should think that what had been spent on the operating costs was comfortably in excess of the capital cost of construction. That carneyie, fortunately, never masaw case. I’m also rather turned off by the whole Homestead affair, which isn’t that strange I mean, who wouldn’t be turned off by Homestead thing?

So if you like Chernow’s books you surly going to like this one too! In addition he started the teachers pension fund that we now know as TIAA and several foundations such as the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace that still operate today.

An interpreter would translate the Morse code into text on sheets of paper.

His ability to foresee the market for steel paid off again and again. During the second half of the nineteenth century and into carnfgie early twentieth century, Horatio Alger’s rags-to-riches fanned the flames of the national myth that any person, no matter their economic background, could make it rich in the free market and opportunity-prone economy of the United States. He was so full of himself, self-satisfied, ebullient and jocular, but totally unaware of the fact that he was a total pain in the butt to the dignitaries, presidents, and emperors whom he saw as anrdew equals.

anerew The research is thorough and not one-sided. After assailing William McKinley for what he perceived to be his imperialistic nature, he championed Theodore Roosevelt. Widows and orphans were left with nothing. Nasaw deftly dismisses the conventional explanations. But I had no idea about this man who gave birth to all of that.