Frick or President Roosevelt tire of his weedling and send him a sharp reproach. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the Ambassador Book Prize for Biography, and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Read the book and find out why. Never at a loss for words, he delighted in answering reporters' questions and relentlessly appeared as a speaker before groups in the U. At one point the unions succeeded in getting an 8 hour day.
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. At the same time, the author cannot overshadow the individual about whom he writes. . Carnegie made wise investments in the future. Carnegie did not build his famous public libraries or establish his endowments for peace and social welfare as public relations ploys. Yet he, like all of us, had blind spots. Now almost 50, he wished to marry.
Rags to riches stories, Carnegie's life being a perfect example, are not to be laughed at. 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. Interesting and detailed Would you recommend Andrew Carnegie to your friends? 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. We all have to do it just to survive, but when the environment perfectly suits the personality, anything is possible. Carnegie, the son of an impoverished linen weaver, moved to Pittsburgh at the age of thirteen. This is was in a very sneaky and unethical way.
But, Carnegie knew how to achieve anything. Another annoyance was the constant reference to photographs showing this or that, but the kindle version has no pictures to match the descriptions. Nasaw does show that the 5 foot tall Carnegie bestrode his era like a colossus. Carnegie made wise investments in the future. The author reveals many secret missions of Carnegie.
Carnegie was sensitive to save money, market shares, and startup of business. To give you an idea of the impact of this book on me - it made me wish I believed in hell. This account corrects biographies that omit Carnegie's shady railroad bonds and union busting. I do not need to repeat what he said. It was a long slog to consume — but the main reason I managed to complete it is the wonderful and lucid writing of the author — David Nasaw.
The troubled childhood transformed into great success due to the intense hard work of Carnegie. There are some character There is nothing more fascinating than a life story. But he raised endless philanthropy. David Nasaw certainly went through a massive research effort for this book. Nasaw grew up in , and, after a year studying in Denmark as an exchange student, graduated from in 1963. Like an honest little fellow, he… deposited the paper in good hands. Still, he left numerous other fortunes in his wake, including that of his irascible and unsociable partner Henry Clay Frick, who Carnegie tried to treat like a son and friend but who turned away all of Carnegie's love.
Nasaw points out his tariff protected profits grew exponentially, while his workers' incomes declined 67%. My above quibbles are merely that. There is much to admire in his story, but there is much to be disgusted by as well. Nasaw believes, is the key to Carnegie's decision to give away his money. 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 ingratiated himself with supervisors, learned as much about the industry as possible, and did more than was expected if him. Carnegie then proposed marriage to her.
Here, he began an association at a young age with Thomas Scott and J. David Nasaw is the author of The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Problem is that much of Carnegie's thinking is a bit simple if not childlike. On completion of the book there remain for me some questions. This is what David Nasaw has produced--a massive biography of Andrew Carnegie.