Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie

Book - 2006
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Born of modest origins in Scotland in 1835, Andrew Carnegie is best known as the founder of Carnegie Steel ... Carnegie, the son of an impoverished linen weaver, moved to Pittsburgh at the age of thirteen. 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 spent the rest of his life giving away the fortune he had accumulated and crusading for international peace. 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.-http://www.booksinprint.com.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2006
ISBN: 9781594201042
1594201048
Characteristics: xiv, 878 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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Ham625 Jun 09, 2013

The book can be tedious at times because the author allows Carnegie to speak via his own correspondence, but this provides a much more revealing picture of the man and his ego. Well done.

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StarGladiator
Mar 26, 2013

"Carnegie has remained, to this day, an enigma." NOT REALLY! Try "death merchant" - - yet another financial manipulator and speculator with inside knowledge (held the job as Superintendent of Military Railways and Telegraphs during the Civil War, appointed by his boss who had been appointed as Assistant Secretary of War, Thomas Scott, the creator of the "holding company" to hide ownership of corporations to effect secret monopolies (would later be used quite effectively by Rockefeller's attorney, Cromwell, later of Sullivan and Cromwell). Carnegie parlayed the money he made with inside knowledge used in stock and share investments, and his position, to grab government contracts in iron and steel building, plus aided by his benefactor, Thomas Scott. And do you really believe Carnegie gave away his fortune? Check the outlays to the various trusts he set up in the UK and USA, then compare to the amounts they reaped in investments, and next their outlays? He learned from Holding Company creator and benefactor, Thomas Scott. Frick's best buddy, Andrew Carnegie, was just like Frick, the opposite of a saint! [In John Moody's book (and Moody was the ultimate sycophant of Wall Street, no muckraker he!) "The Masters of Capital" we learn that it was Carnegie and his protege, Schwab, who sold the subs to Germany to sink the Lusitania.]

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Cabby
Dec 06, 2007

Finalist 2007 Pulitzer prize for biography.

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dleverentz
Oct 30, 2007

I would definitely recommend this book. It has wonderful detail, but does not get bogged down statistics or balance sheets. It also has a good balance in how it views Carnegie; I did not get a sense of any "agenda" to be proven.

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