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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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It was an interesting book, nothing terribly salacious or taboo that one usually comes across in regard to the extreme rich.

Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw

He wrote books, he hobnobbed with political leaders, authors, and scientists. We should honor him for that. Andrew Carnegie — was born in Dunfermline, Scotland. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

He could have added context or commentary to bring it all together. All though they gave him an ear they never took him seriously. The sheer amount of written letters, diaries, transcripts especially those of congressional hearings in which Carnegie was subpoenaedand travel ledgers is stunning, efficiently documenting the life and times of someone worth remembering.

In this position, he learned all about the Rail Road. 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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. And I haven’t even mentioned his work for world peace, a major part the book!

In the end, I do not try to reconcile these contradictory aspects of this man.

Frick endured the sweat and stress and drew the hatred of working men during the infamous company vs labor confrontation at the Homestead mill, while Carnegie enjoyed the profits and gave the impression a wrong one that he was removed from the day to day decisions. Scott knew the best publicly held companies and always offered Andrew a piece of the pie.


In fact, Carnegie’s character seems so set in stone from an early age that by his 70s it seems unnecessary to quote numberless letters confirming his personal exuberance and optimism. He memorized streets and people so he became very quick at delivering these messages.

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. His BIG money, however, first came with oil investments right before the Civil War when its use–replacing whale oil–was first being developed.

Pittsburgh had set him up to sell bonds and form partnerships in the iron and steel industries based on insider trading not yet designated a crime or even considered immoral. I am consistently fascinated by this era in American history. That was, fortunately, never the case. He disliked the go-getter mentality and counseled his fellow Americans to make opportunities for leisure. He strove to be recognized as more than a wealthy individual.

It is interesting how literally became the richest man in the world, especially since all the anti-trust laws weren’t in place then. Andrew received tremendous dividend payments from these investments.

The Great War broke this man’s spirit. He was who he was. 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. While my lasting impression of the history channel series was that it deserved very low marks, they also used Donald Trump as one of their modern day talking heads, that alone disqualifies the series as any serious review of history David Nasaw’s book was pretty exhaustive in his coverage of Carnegie’s life.

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.


Here is the author’s take on that. Bowed, Carnegie devoted himself to philanthropy, endowing libraries and scientific institutions and pursuing anti-imperialist and pacifist causes, very unlike most of his fellow Republicans—from whom he pointedly split.

Andrew Carnegie

As a little lad every Saturday morning I’d shoulder my ravid satchel and set off to my nearest library to exchange my borrowed books. He was jolly and kind and generous.

Yet Carnegie earned so much money from interest he barely managed to spend it as quickly as he earned it. Then Nasaw turns the tables abit as Carnegie in his later years, completely out of the steel business and in the business of giving away his money, turns his attention to trying to bring the principle nations to a mutal table in the name of peace.

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 who was a giant of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Here is each letter, and it’s reply, word for word.

Naturally, then, he argued that he should give back what the world had, in effect, bestowed upon him. However, after reading this biography, I do think that history has been all that kind to Carnegie. This biographer’s greatest fear was not that he might come to admire or disapprove of his subject, but that he might end up enervated by years of research into another man’s life and times.

Jun 25, Tony rated it really liked carnsgie. Jun 01, Mary Pressman rated it really liked it. Both Andrew and his mother had higher visions and plans.