Until recently biographies of men like Carnegie tended to be either exercises in hagiography, often financed by the family, or hatchet jobs by authors with political agendas. But in recent decades there has been a growing stream of well-researched and even-handed books about these remarkable men and their remarkable times. So is Mr. A penniless year-old Scottish immigrant in , Carnegie was already very prosperous by In J.
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A New York Times bestseller! Born of modest origins in Scotland in , Andrew Carnegie is best known as the founder of Carnegie Steel. Carnegie, the son of an impoverished linen weaver, moved to Pittsburgh at the age of thirteen. 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.
He spent the rest of his life giving away the fortune he had accumulated and crusading for international peace. 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.
Nasaw explains how Carnegie made his early fortune and what prompted him to give it all away, how he was drawn into the campaign first against American involvement in the Spanish-American War and then for international peace, and how he used his friendships with presidents and prime ministers to try to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Schlesinger Jr. He captures in persuasive fashion the many sides of this energetic and kaleidoscopic personality—the abrasive industrialist, the enlightened philanthropist, the aspiring, often infuriatingly self-deluded author and political polemicist—and thereby makes a valuable contribution to the rich literature of America in the Gilded Age.
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Review of “Andrew Carnegie” by David Nasaw
Pretty sharp biography of the ironmaster-turned-philanthropist. The author does a pretty good job of showing that Carnegie's previous tales about his life often were exaggerated, or omitted key A well written, well researched book spanning Andrew Carnegie's entire life. Had read about the Homestead problem and about his gift of public libraries, but book went far beyond those two areas Andrew Carnegie.
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