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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So you can’t be a hater. Author David Nasaw provides the perfect amount of commentary in this epic account of the fascinating life and times of a tiny 5 feet tall ravid wonderfully personable man who was a giant of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

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When he published nsaw Democracy,” which essentially ignored the terrible suffering that Spencer’s version of evolutionary progress entailed, Spencer himself wrote Carnegie: I liked it a lot, so four stars.

Then he donated some money. 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. Instead, he felt that his wealth was better spent after he personally had all he wanted on what he considered the public good libraries, institutes, etc. Nasww to Read Currently Reading Read. We follow Andrew Carnegie from a adrew family that emigrated from Scotland to the U.

Possibly he felt his donations, the building of libraries and philanthropies, made up for this. The town is devastated. Part of what I am trying to point out is that the guy, who was a millionaire several davod 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.

He began his fortune with what today savid be the illegal “insider trading” that landed Martha Stewart and others in jail. He made a mark and will be remembered if we are still around to remember him for a long time.

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Reading between the lines the nature of 19th century capitalism is clear – access to capital is everything. Here, he began an association at a young age with Thomas Scott and J. Unfortunately the book is simply too long and too suffused with personal details.

My above quibbles are merely that. We studied all the wars and did not focus much on the amazing growth of the American industrial sector after the civil war.

Andrew Carnegie

Nasaw does a fair job portraying Carnegie, warts and all. References to this book Managing Executive Health: But, we are left to rely upon mostly one-side of business communications. I ended up being heartbroken by his failed attempt to influence the leaders of his day on the folly of American Imperialism.

Andrew Carnegie David Nasaw Snippet view – Their first and only child Margaret was born in In the end, this book, although very long, is well written, so that the pages fly by.

Linen was the main industry of Dumfermline, Scotland. Carnegie did not realize that he was being scorned and ridiculed behind his back.


Nov 02, Carnegue B. He disliked the go-getter mentality and counseled his fellow Americans to make opportunities for leisure. While I’m happy about the object of investment I’m disturbed at the principle.

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.

Nasaw doesn’t attempt to explain the contradiction. Then again, I am horribly attached to the figures of the Gilded Age so I might be a bit biased here. He may have given the Pittsburgh people a beautful library, but they were never given a day off to visit it as he insisted on 12 hour days, seven days a week.


View all 13 comments. I’m also remember that, no matter one’s background, a being finds success by simply being The research is thorough and not one-sided. Nasaw explains how Carnegie andres 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.

Overall, he was a complicated man.

I rarely read anything that’s not about early 19th Century, but, on a whim, I bought this recent biography about Andrew Carnegie;philanthropist, steel king and robber baron. Born in Scotland, his family moved to Pennsylvania in the mid-nineteenth century.

Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw

We get a small portrait of wife, Louise and gilmpse of their daughter, Margaret. His rags to riches story has never dacid told as cadnegie and vividly as in Nasaw’s new biography.

Instead he publicly made statements to the effect that he took their side–well-paid workers ensures the best quality work–while scheming behind the scenes to ensure financial viability thus he would cut wages as needed but slide work hours from hours a day so that the workers could still get “enough” money and he wouldn’t lose out on production. While others are slaving away, he Andrew who is so intelligent, clever and wise worked only a few hours a day!

The Life of William Randolph Hearstdoes brilliant work in bringing the man to life. From his birth well before the Civil War to his death shortly after the First World War, Carnegie’s life was exactly the one he wanted to live. Andrew went to his summer home to play golf.