The definitive biography of an industrial genius, philanthropist, and enigma....
|Publisher||:||University of Pittsburgh Press 1 edition June 7, 1989|
|Number of Pages||:||1168 pages|
|File Size||:||572 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
Andrew Carnegie Reviews
My former teacher and friend, Joe Wall, has written a classic that outlives him in bringing the Carnegie story to life.
A wonderful biography. Read it about 20 years ago and wanted to take another look.
I have three main problems with this book:
I am pretty sure its probably a good book.. i found no logical way of going through it and reading it.. it is written very strange.. i had to put the book down right away.. maybe it is just my experience. i am sure that maybe other people would find that the book is very informative...
Joseph Frazier Wall's one-volume biography "Andrew Carnegie" is a "must read" for anyone interested in early American industrial development. However, just as Carnegie's life was much more than simply the story of steel production, so too is this biography. It is a fascinating look at the half-century of American history between the Civil War and World War I.
Andrew Carnegie was born in Scotland in 1835 and came to America at age 13. He started working with the Pennsylvania Railroad, and then got in on the ground floor of the steel business. Unlike Rockefeller, his great rival in the race to become the world's richest man, who was motivated by a pious Baptist fervor, Carnegie was a Scottish agnostic Darwinist. (He was three times richer than Rockefeller, by the way.) A frequent contributor to popular magazines of the day, mainly on economic and social issues, he was a follower of Herbert Spencer.
I studied this book about 25 years ago when I was studying the Homestead Steel Strike, but I'm betting it's still the best all-around balanced and well written portrait of Carnegie. He's got to be about the most interesting of the great late 19th century US capitalists, the biggest rags to riches story of them all and a man whose mind tried to contain and maintain diametrically opposed ideas about rights of labor and rights of property. In the end, of course, he caved and went with the money, but hey, at least he never really felt good about it, and he did set the standard for philanthropy in the last 20 years of his life (after becoming the world's first billionaire in 1900). A very complex man, and Wall stays balanced about him. The biographies I've read of other steel barons in Carnegie's companies (eg, Frick, Charles Schwab) are mostly disappointing.