Andrew Carnegie

ISBN-10: 1594201048

ISBN-13: 9781594201042

Edition: 2006

Authors: David Nasaw

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Majestically told and based on materials not available to any previous biographer, the definitive life of Andrew Carnegie-one of American business's most iconic and elusive titans-by the bestselling author of The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst. Celebrated historian David Nasaw, whom The New York Times Book Reviewhas called "a meticulous researcher and a cool analyst," brings new life to the story of one of America's most famous and successful businessmen and philanthropists- in what will prove to be the biography of the season. Born of modest origins in Scotland in 1835, Andrew Carnegie is best known as the founder of Carnegie Steel. His rags to riches story has never been told as dramatically and vividly as in Nasaw's new biography. 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. 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. With a trove of new material-unpublished chapters of Carnegie's Autobiography; personal letters between Carnegie and his future wife, Louise, and other family members; his prenuptial agreement; diaries of family and close friends; his applications for citizenship; his extensive correspondence with Henry Clay Frick; and dozens of private letters to and from presidents Grant, Cleveland, McKinley, Roosevelt, and British prime ministers Gladstone and Balfour, as well as friends Herbert Spencer, Matthew Arnold, and Mark Twain-Nasaw brilliantly plumbs the core of this facinating and complex man, deftly placing his life in cultural and political context as only a master storyteller can.
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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/24/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 896
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.794
Language: English

David Nasaw is currently a professor of history and director of the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, he lives in Manhattan.

Dunfermline, 1835-1848
To America, 1848-1855
Upward Bound, 1853-1859
War and Riches, 1860-1865
Branching Out, 1865-1866
A Man of Energy, 1867-1868
"Mr. Carnegie Is Now 35 Years of Age, and Is Said to Be Worth One Million of Dollars," 1870-1872
"All My Eggs in One Basket," 1872-1875
Driving the Bandwagon, 1875-1878
Round the World, 1878-1881
Making a Name, 1881-1883
Mr. Spencer and Mr. Arnold, 1882-1884
"The Star-spangled Scotchman," 1884
Booms and Busts, 1883-1885
The "Millionaire Socialist," 1885-1886
Things Fall Apart, 1886-1887
A Wedding and a Honeymoon, 1887
The Pinkertons and "Braddock's Battlefield," 1887-1888
Friends in High Places, 1888-1889
The Gospels of Andrew Carnegie, 1889-1892
Surrender at Homestead, 1889-1890
"There Will Never Be a Better Time Than Now to Fight It Out," 1890-1891
The Battle for Homestead, 1892
Loch Rannoch, the Summer of 1892
Aftermaths, 1892-1894
"Be of Good Cheer-We Will Be Over It Soon," 1893-1895
Sixty Years Old, 1895-1896
"An Impregnable Position," 1896-1898
"We Now Want to Take Root," 1897-1898
The Anti-Imperialist, 1898-1899
"The Richest Man in the World," 1899-1901
"The Saddest Days of All," 1901
"A Fine Piece of Friendship," 1902-1905
"Apostle of Peace, "1903-1904
"Inveterate Optimist," 1905-1906
Peace Conferences, 1907
Tariffs and Treaties, 1908-1909
"So Be It," 1908-1910
The Best Laid Schemes, 1909-1911
"Be of Good Cheer," 1912-1913
Last Days, 1915-1919
Bibliography of Works Cited
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