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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Carnegie made wise investments in the future.

This led him into a life of semi retirement at the age of His behavior is pitiful to observe! Even this author acknowledges that their successes in life were mutually dependent. Wikipedia says that Hill was zndrew by Carnegie, and that which he was commissioned to do would seem to fit Carnegie’s character – evolutionary, deterministic.

ANDREW CARNEGIE by David Nasaw | Kirkus Reviews

Also by David Nasaw. Trivia About Andrew Carnegie. Excellent biography of Carnegie, steel magnate, philanthropist and peace advocate.

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. We don’t learn about successive generations. And he would have been a dumb beauty pageant contestant in another life for trying to make one thing possible: Carnegie was not a source of creativity in the steel industry as the book makes clear.


Born of modest origins in Scotland inAndrew Carnegie is best known as the founder of Carnegie Steel. In his youth, he is what we would call today a “chicken hawk” supporting the Civil War and hiring a replacement so he could sell railroad services to the Union.

Rather his access to capital was his competitive advantage – he was able to buy successful steelworks and subsidiary industries, buy expertise, buy patent security, buy political support for armaments projects that required steel and to break strikes. This is a very interesting person, and David Nasaw has done an admirable job researching and crafting this biography. If you want to see the results of the town with the mills gone or operating very lightly, read the article in May’s Rolling Stone “The mayor of hell”.

He spent the rest of his life giving away the fortune he had accumulated and crusading for international peace.

Morgan’s claim that Carnegie became the richest man in the world when he sold his steel corporation to Morgan did not embarrass Carnegie a bit. Here is the author’s take on that. That was, fortunately, never the case. David Nasaw’s authoritative new biography goes a long way toward answering the question, even if he cannot—perhaps no biographer can—ultimately fathom Carnegie’s complex motives and temperament.

Carnegie is shown as a very personally friendly man, and one to never held a grudge he sat down and was pleasant years later with a former aide who had tried to blackmail him.


I think he had an inner need to be looked up to, to be exalted and to be praised.

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It was an interesting book, nothing terribly salacious or taboo that one usually comes across in regard to the extreme rich. He applied for and received a messenger job at a busy office. We follow his path year by year. Environment can be met and conquered. A messenger would then deliver this to the intended recipient. Andrew received tremendous dividend payments from these investments.

There he wrote a bunch of letters to important people.

Andrew Carnegie

Oct 30, Pages Buy. The answer of course is both. But the ebullient Carnegie — one associate called him the happiest man he had ever met — had literary aspirations and quoted Shakespeare liberally.

Books by David Nasaw. In the end, I think the author went into too much detail on some subjects simply because nasww had a Carnegie letter in his research file and wanted to use it. Carnegie is shown walking toward us, open to whatever experience has to teach him.