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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Environment can be met and conquered. The author does comment on the veracity of that said, but occasionally I would have acrnegie further analysis.

Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw

The Man’ instead of ‘Andrew Carnegie: Carnegie was overbearing in telling several U. I am consistently fascinated by this era in American history.

While Peter Krass’s Carnegie and Carnegie’s own autobiography are more exciting to read and do more to explain his place in history, they also leave the man an enigma. Loch Rannoch the Summer of Nasaw explains how Carnegie made 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.


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In the seventh paragraph of his nasaa will and testament, Carnegie directed that it be bequeathed, in pages of biography. He coined and promoted the “Gospel of Wealth” to describe how taking opportunities and getting lucky on timing is what really leads one to financial success.

Mark Twain, a friend of Carnegie, also was given to caustic remarks. Overall, a great book. It takes a while to read this book, and you are sure to get annoyed, but I think it is worth reading.

I liked it a lot, so four stars.

Nasaw dubs “crony capitalism” formed the basis of Carnegie’s success. Oct 30, Pages Buy. This despite the fact that even though he worked his way up from a poor Scottish childhood, he never believed in excessive work favid celebrated the life of leisure even as the leader of one of the world’s largest corporations. I even found myself chuckling a bit when I read the parts about his too-large ego particularly during the times that he saw fit to lecture the presidentswhich is quite surprising to say the least.

At birth such powerful factors as temperament are already set, but what tests will temperament meet? Daavid, and the later presidents of the latter half of his life. While I’m happy about the object of investment I’m andrfw at the principle.


I’ve also found the man to be very hypocritical, which I didn’t really expect so that’s kind of a surprise. Early on, he began to develop “rules anrrew business” e. But the question is misplaced. Not a soul was listening.


He had my trust throughout this book. Andrew learned that he could keep tract of his businesses by accurate accounting. He often said he was lucky.

Andrew received tremendous dividend payments from these investments. He spent the rest of his life giving away the fortune he had accumulated and crusading for international peace.

Books of the Week. David Nasaw is the author of the nationally bestselling biography The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst. The town is devastated. View all 16 carnwgie.

My first books came from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.