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Andrew Carnegie Hardcover – 28 Jun 2007
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The definitive work on Carnegie for the foreseeable future, and it fully deserves to be.
John Steele Gordon, "The New York Times"
Never has this story been told so thoroughly or so well as David Nasaw tells it in this massive and monumental biography.
Jonathan Yardley, "The Washington Post"
Beautifully crafted and fun to read.
Louis Galambos, "The Wall Street Journal"
The definitive Carnegie biography has arrived.
Nasaw delivers a vivid history of nineteenth-century capitalism.
aThe definitive work on Carnegie for the foreseeable future, and it fully deserves to be.a
a John Steele Gordon, "The New York Times"
aNever has this story been told so thoroughly or so well as David Nasaw tells it in this massive and monumental biography.a
aJonathan Yardley, "The Washington Post"
aBeautifully crafted and fun to read.a
a Louis Galambos, "The Wall Street Journal"
aThe definitive Carnegie biography has arrived.a
aNasaw delivers a vivid history of nineteenth-century capitalism.a
"The definitive work on Carnegie for the foreseeable future, and it fully deserves to be."--John Steele Gordon, The New York Times
"Never has this story been told so thoroughly or so well as David Nasaw tells it in this massive and monumental biography."--Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
"Beautifully crafted and fun to read."--Louis Galambos, The Wall Street Journal
"The definitive Carnegie biography has arrived."--USA Today
"Nasaw delivers a vivid history of nineteenth-century capitalism."--Fortune
"Nasaw's fine book...seems sure to be the final word on 'the Star-spangled Scotchman.'"--Los Angeles Times
"Nasaw's research is extraordinary."--San Francisco Chronicle
"A meticulous account of a paradoxical American original."--BusinessWeek
"Make no mistake: David Nasaw has produced the most thorough, accurate and authoritative biography of Carnegie to date."--Salon.com
"Nasaw's...very well-written biography is timely and instructive...Nasaw does brilliant work in bringing [Carnegie] to life."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"A comprehensive and often engrossing biography...compelling."--Booklist
"In this lucid, meticulous, and finely detailed biography, David Nasaw has delivered the authoritative volume on Andrew Carnegie that we have long awaited. He captures in persuasive fashion the many sides of this energetic and kaleidoscopic personality--the abrasive industrialist, the enlightened philanthropist, the aspiring, often infuriatingly self-deluded author and political polemicist--and thereby makes a valuable contribution to the rich literature of America in the Gilded Age."--Ron Chernow, author of Alexander Hamilton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
David Nasaw is a Distinguished Prefessor of History at the Greduate Center of the City University of New York.
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It's a balanced book because it doesn't really cheerlead for him. The book acknowledges his skills as a businessman and his commitment as a pacifist, but it also recognises his tendency to overstate his influence, his union busting activities, and the fact that much of the time Carnegie didn't opperate in a true free market.
So in short, the book is an accurate assessment of an interesting business leader. If you're interested in how businessmen built America in the late 1800s, this book is for you.
Carnegie is known to all Scots as a rich philanthropist who spent his time between America and Scotland, however I was amazed at how little I actually knew of this great baron.
From his humble beginnings in Dunfermline to his near monopolisation of the US Steel market, Carnegie turned his family name into that of a world-wide phenomenon, eventually to be associated with great wealth and generosity.
From being a regular house-guest at the White House for no fewer than 5 Presidents, and having the King and Queen of Britain visit him in his Scottish castle Skibo, this book shows a side of Carnegie that even those who have well researched him, must be pleasantly surprised by its content.
Nasaw has a knack of narrating the tale of this great mans life like an adventure, and introduces the characters of this adventure in such a way that the reader is not bogged down with endless names, but at the slightest mention anywhere in the 800 pages, can instantly refelct as to their role in the life of Andrew Carnegie.
My only two issues are firstly that I am mearly given the opportunity to leave 5 stars, as there should be a facility to raise this book on a higher echelon, that will seperate it from the countless 5-star ratings for books not researched or written to a fraction of the degree that this one has been.
My second grievence is that Carnegies life was so short, even aged 83. Had he lived for even a few months longer, then perhaps we would have had the pleasure of this great book being able to keep turning a few more pages.
A first class autobiography that should and will be treasured by many.
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