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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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His rags to riches story has never been told as dramatically and vividly as in Nasaw’s new biography. On completion of the book there remain for me some questions. 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.

Andrew Carnegie

But, we are left to rely upon mostly one-side of business communications. From their he invested and heavily. I found this to be an enlightening biography of a fascinating man.

Even this author acknowledges that their successes in life were mutually dependent. Organizations founded by his generosity continue to do good work to this day.

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This is what reading it was like: View Davis Version of PW. Jan 06, Steven Peterson rated it it was amazing. He uncharacteristically wrote articles in support of unions. We follow his path year by year. Back in the days of the good ole boys where there were no laws for insider trading. He disliked the go-getter mentality and counseled his fellow Americans to make opportunities for leisure.



Carnegie loved to travel, read, attend the theater, and generally absorb culture, which he regarded not as a frill but as a necessity. This despite the fact that even though he worked his way up from a poor Scottish childhood, he never believed in excessive work and celebrated the life of leisure even as the leader of one of the world’s largest corporations.

In the seventh paragraph of his last will and testament, Carnegie directed that it be bequeathed, in its entirety, to the Carnegie Corporation. I hope they will not detract anyone from reading this book.

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. 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 but wonderfully personable man cwrnegie was a giant of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

I’m willing to bet on the fact that Carnegie spent the majority of his life vacationing rather than actually doing business. Though that might just be my fascination with the man talking. The audiobook is narrated by Grover Gardner. Very long, very interesting, sometimes highly entertaining, and occasionally a bit tedious.


It seems that he had to prove himself in intellectual circles. His father was a handloom weaver who was often out of work. During so many pages when I am just reading quotation paragraph followed by Block quote, I would carbegie liked more interjections from this author. So Be It It didn’t detract too much from the overall reading experience, but when one seeks out to have a clear timeline, one is forced to read some things over again.

Selected pages Title Page. So in that sense, being commissioned, there is likely no reciprocation – Carnegie could buy the best, and often did.

The Life of William Randolph Hearstdoes brilliant work in bringing the man to life. We are all aware of his philanthropy but here is the man behind the deeds. References to this book Managing Executive Health: David Nzsaw is an American author, biographer and historian who specializes in the cultural and social history of early 20th Century America.

Rather he shows the incongruity over and over again through Carnegie’s words and actions. This biography has a serious hole in not exploring that crucial area. 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.